As the country re-opens after months of lockdowns, consumers and restaurants have become more and more dependent on single-use plastic bags, containers, and utensils due to health concerns prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

As business owners and despite our best intentions, a portion of single-use items will end up on streets or in the environment. So, what can you do? Here are some strategies and resources to reduce single-use plastics:

  1. Ask customers if they want plastic utensils with their pick up and delivery orders. This has the potential to save you money and eliminate the slew of single-use plastic products.
  2. Put processes in place that encourage guests to Bring Their Own Container (BYOC)

Uber Eats recently introduced a new feature that requires customers to opt in to receive single-use items such as utensils and straws. It’s their way of promoting mindful behavior. 

Find paper and wood products certified sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council.

The safety of reuse during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indisposable: The Safety and Future of Reuse.

Sample postcards and signage to communicate your commitment to reducing single-use plastics.

Need more inspiration? Click here to read more stories about how restaurants are working to quickly move away from single-use takeout utensils and accessories.


Fight plastic pollution every time you eat out by downloading the PlasticScore app. 

PlasticScore is a crowdsourced zero waste rating for restaurants. PlasticScore funds plastic waste offsets for every review, and they use the data to help create a world free of plastic pollution.

Learn more about the impacts of trashy dining.