When it is handed to you | My Plastic-free Life

Join the discussion. Post questions or offer useful information. Keep the content related to plastic in some way.  

Subscribe: If you would like to receive a daily email notification as new messages are posted, click here to subscribe.  (Note:  New messages are also included in the "My Plastic-Free Life Weekly Digest", so do consider how many emails you would like to receive.)

To add a new topic:  Decide which category it will be (plastic-free alternatives, plastic news, rants, etc.) and click on that category.  Then, you will see the "Add Topic" button at the top right of the section for that category.

Why Register? You may post as a guest without registering, but your post will be held in the moderation queue until I approve it, and depending on my schedule, that could take a while. If you register, your posts will go through immediately. If you have trouble registering or adding topics, please contact me for help.

Please consider registering
guest

Log In Register Members

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —

  

— Match —

   

— Forum Options —

    

Wildcard usage:
*  matches any number of characters    %  matches exactly one character

Minimum search word length is 4 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

Topic RSS Related Topics
When it is handed to you
Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
November 9, 2009
12:12 am
New Member
Forum Posts: 1
Member Since:
August 22, 2011
Offline

I have to rant when accidently plastic is handed to you. For example when I went to get a coffee today I intentionally chose the place I knew would have in house cups. I ordered and asked for it here (maybe I said to stay?) but next thing I knew I had a disposable cup with plastic lid in my hand! UGH Maybe I was talking to much with the barista.

How do you handle situations like this? I took it because the cup will be thrown out no matter what, however my environmental soul is cringing under the looks of everyone else sitting here drinking from beautiful china glasses! I wish they charged 5 cents for take out cups like they do for grocery bags then everyone would start thinking more about what is in their hand when enjoying hot (or cold) beverages.

November 9, 2009
4:31 pm
Member
Forum Posts: 38
Member Since:
August 22, 2011
Offline

Liz, one of the things I like about Panera Bread is that "house cup" option of having a ceramic mug for coffee instead of the plastic take-away.

At the Panera where we go it is a bit strange, however, in that the trash bin where people throw out their plastic is within sight of the recycling bin, outside beyond the plate glass window, that the city has on the street for the very stuff people are throwing away. I think I will mention this to the manager and suggest he put up a sign saying something like "why not recycle? The bin is just outside the door."

November 9, 2009
6:12 pm
Admin
Forum Posts: 351
Member Since:
February 16, 2010
Offline

Hi Lizzie. Since the cup is going to be thrown away anyway, why not hand it back to the cashier and insist on a reusable cup. That way they will learn. Otherwise, they will never know about your displeasure. You can do it in a nice way. I find that a smile goes very far, no matter what I'm saying to the person.

Believe me sister, I here you!

December 24, 2009
6:31 am
New Member
Forum Posts: 2
Member Since:
August 22, 2011
Offline

Gift giving season is here and despite my attempts to proclaim my atheism, my anti-consumer stance, I still get gifts. Stuff in plastic. What to do? I say "thank you" and put it away.

December 24, 2009
7:42 am
Admin
Forum Posts: 351
Member Since:
February 16, 2010
Offline

I hear you, Beany. At this point, most of my friends and family realize about my plastic stance as well as my desire to to accumulate more stuff. I haven't received any plastic so far this year. But the holiday season is not yet over.

I tend to accept gifts graciously and then regift them at some later date.

October 29, 2011
7:53 pm
Tanny
Guest

I had the same problem recently at Starbucks.  I brought in my own cup for coffee.  Tempted by the mini cupcake, I asked for it bare.  Next thing I know, it was handed to me in an empty cup (to make sure to not damage it?).  I was highly disappointed that the cashier did not understand what I meant by bare or that she did not understand that I went to the trouble of bringing my own cup..maybe I care about not wasting?  The most disappointing thing was this was when I was visiting San Fran…isn't that supposed to be one of the greener cities?  I should have given it back to her nicely, but I was slightly taken aback and just took it.  I did write to Starbucks afterwards to let them know.

 

runninglizzie said:

I have to rant when accidently plastic is handed to you. For example when I went to get a coffee today I intentionally chose the place I knew would have in house cups. I ordered and asked for it here (maybe I said to stay?) but next thing I knew I had a disposable cup with plastic lid in my hand! UGH Maybe I was talking to much with the barista.

How do you handle situations like this? I took it because the cup will be thrown out no matter what, however my environmental soul is cringing under the looks of everyone else sitting here drinking from beautiful china glasses! I wish they charged 5 cents for take out cups like they do for grocery bags then everyone would start thinking more about what is in their hand when enjoying hot (or cold) beverages.

April 25, 2012
10:59 am
Shannon
Guest

Blargh. I got unintentionally plasticked yesterday and need to vent!

I stopped by Wendy's to get a couple of baked potatoes to go with dinner. After an explanation that I didn't need the plastic boxes, nor any "butter" or sour cream, just the foil-wrapped whole potatoes, the cashier went over to the side where the workers were preparing orders and I heard her trying to explain that I didn't want them cut open or anything, just the potatoes. This was a good sign.

Then a large paper bag arrived at the counter, containing two foil-wrapped potatoes, each encased in a cardboard-type box with a big domed plastic lid.

Unsure of what to do, I told her that I couldn't take the boxes and pulled them out of the bag, removed the potatoes, and left the boxes there on the counter.

Even when you try your best, it sometimes doesn't work out :( I feel sad about giving low-wage workers a hard time over things like that, but was it really that strange a request? Is there any situation that would require a potato to have three layers of wrapping (foil, box, bag) to travel from the restaurant to home? Is it going to escape? Maybe it would try to roll under the seat of the car? Or might a bird poop on it in the parking lot? 

Again, blargh.

April 26, 2012
10:16 am
Admin
Forum Posts: 351
Member Since:
February 16, 2010
Offline

Don't feel bad.  You are educating them.  As long as you are kind about it, there is no reason to think of it as "giving them a hard time."  

Speaking of potatoes, have you seen this?  It's hilarious because it's oh so true.

April 27, 2012
2:15 am
Charlottesville, VA
Member
Forum Posts: 54
Member Since:
August 29, 2011
Offline

Hilarious video – thanks for that!

Concerning to-go packaging, I find it helpful to keep my tiffin in my car so I can bring food home w/ a clear conscience.  I even have a roll of aluminum foil and parchment paper in my grocery bag o' bags for deli & cheese counter purchases.  However, when out with friends, as has been the case quite often lately, I'm more challenged, since (1) I don't have my handy to-go containers and (2) I don't want to appear rude to the servers in front of my friends. In fact, I'm hoping by example to show them that plastic-free isn't so painful.  Guess I've been lucky, since the last 3 places we've been to were able to provide me w/aluminum containers or a sheet of foil to put my leftovers in!  The servers were all gracious about it too, and I don't think I embarrassed anyone in the process.  Now, if I could have just pre-empted the plastic straw I got at one place!!! At least I know for the next time.

Eve Stavros
May 16, 2012
5:58 am
Clancy
Guest

At my hairdresser yesterday -- I had forgotten my reusable water bottle and was thirsty.  I had a paper cup (with plastic lid) in the car from a tea purchase the day before, so I brought it into the shop and asked if I could fill it with water.  My gracious hairdresser offered me a plastic bottle of water that she had in her purse.  I tried to refuse it but she insisted and then bustled off into the back room.  I set the plastic water bottle aside and filled my cup at the sink.  She was shocked -- "Just take the bottle."  Me -- "I don't want it."  There followed a very interesting discussion about why I didn't want the bottled water, which led to discussion of organic shampoos, safe lawn care, etc.  Conversations like this occur almost every time I get a haircut.   It's a great opportunity to spread the good word.

May 20, 2012
11:03 am
Admin
Forum Posts: 351
Member Since:
February 16, 2010
Offline

I'm so happy that you speak up and take opportunities to educate!

Forum Timezone: America/Los_Angeles

Most Users Ever Online: 320

Currently Online:
16 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Members Birthdays
Today None
Upcoming None

Top Posters:

Eve Stavros: 54

Clif: 38

Angry Beaver: 28

julsie: 24

ejwm: 23

JohnUK: 20

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 157

Members: 184

Moderators: 0

Admins: 1

Forum Stats:

Groups: 1

Forums: 9

Topics: 301

Posts: 1375

Administrators: Beth Terry (351)