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Food Trash

With just over a week till Earth Day, our food columnist Sarah Elton was in today to tell us about a city-wide campaign to reduce all that Styrofoam and plastic and cardboard garbage we generation when we get our food to go. Take out Without is the brainchild of Toronto's Lisa Borden, founder of Borden Communications and an eco-advocate. The campaign urges restaurants to sign up and pledge to reduce their take out waste-they get a free listing on in return-and put up the stylish posters and flyers Lisa has created. Lisa also suggests that eaters make the effort to reduce their waste too by refusing that paper bag and stack of serviettes that come with the muffin or better yet, by bringing their own mug or take out container. There are a number of restaurants in the city that offer reusable containers including Belmonte Raw ( on Queen Street in Leslieville that sells fresh squeezed juices in glass jars-she gives you back the $2 deposit when you return the bottle. There are a whole bunch of reusable products to help you to reduce your take out waste: The company Strawesome makes glass straws so you can avoid the plastic ones; they sell a carrying case too: The company Kleen Kanteen makes a reusable stainless steel drink cup as well as water bottles. The company Lunch Bots makes an entirely stainless steel container with four compartments for bento box style eating: There is an app called Quench that indicates the closest location to fill up your water bottle when you are out. It's created by the same people who are making the TVO documentary series the Water Brothers: Listen audio (runs 6:15)

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