Who doesn’t love a takeaway? Perfect for lazy days and busy days when you just can’t be bothered to cook after work. Takeaways don’t necessarily have to be unhealthy (even though that’s the norm) many restaurants and takeaway venues now cater to vegan, vegetarian and other healthy alternatives to Most foods.It has now also become a common trait for those living zero waste lifestyles to take their own CLEAN containers to restaurants rather than using single use containers. However, getting food to go in your own container can feel confronting the first time you try and it can remain a bit nerve-wracking for those who are a bit nervous about going against what is deemed the norm of single use containers .
By following the five steps below, you should be well on your way to a yes and you should have to worry very little about getting a no.
If it’s a new place, call ahead! It’s easy to thoroughly explain what and why you’re making an unusual request - this will also ensure that you wont be turned away when you turn up for your food.
AVOID BUSY TIMES AND DAYS:
If you’re going to the most popular place or during peak hours, there’s a higher chance of being told no or to have something go wrong. Those working the counter would be swamped, and any request out of the ordinary that seems time consuming or confusing is likely to not happen.
ENSURE YOUR CONTAINERS ARE CLEAN:
Food safety is any restaurants number one concern when it comes to using customers’ own containers for their food. If they think the cleanliness of your container is not up to scratch they won’t serve food in it and rightfully so!
This is why it is vital that you give them something that is clean (and looks clean) to put your food in. It should also be dry as this may also out people off accepting your request.
ENSURE YOU’RE BRING THE RIGHT CONTAINERS
Different containers work for different takeaways and food types!
Think about what you will be asking to be put into your container and make sure you take one that they will be able to put your food in and will actually fit.
Will it be big enough? Will it contain your food without creating a mess?
SIT IN AND TIP WELL:
Sometimes, it might just be easier to order in. If they’re slow or seem confused, sit at a table and order. When they bring it out transfer it to your own containers and head out! However, try to avoid it as you’d be dirtying up extra dishes without them actually being used and some places may find this action to be rude.
But, sometimes – it’s the only way.
If someone goes out of their way for you – tip above and beyond. You’d be amazed at how happy they’ll be to see you come back with your own containers!
You will probably be told no at some point- that’s a given. You then have options for how you’d like to proceed, but you should ALWAYS be polite. If it’s out of someones comfort zone, it’s out of their comfort zone. You have the option to take your business elsewhere.