So, I wrote about the disposal issues in the zero waste thread in environment. Consumption choices are related, but not really the same issue.
in February I have used $20-$25 in gas every week. I actually should be tracking gallons, not cost, but I am working at preplanning/combining trips. I actually had a flashback to the 70's the other day when the ad campaign slogan "is this trip really neccessary?" Popped into my head. My dad quoted it for years afterwards when my mom wanted him to go somewhere.
since my last post I took my container to the farmer's market and filled it with mixed greens. I also accepted bread and premade salads (for my chickens) from the food bank that would otherwise have gone in the dumpster - resulting in some plastic to recycle and two small pieces of plastic film trash - but way better than all being trashed by someone else! I rescued a pretty artificial Christmas wreath from my neighbor's trash - I'll take that on my next thrift store drop, and I ate out last night and used a paper napkin.
It is possible that the paper napkin will be composted, but I don't know. The restaurant is focused on local, in season, and sustainable and has a greenhouse in which they grow a lot of their food and a compost system for pre-customer food waste. Dh did not finish his meat and they gave him a plastic take home container. I haven't checked to see if it is recyclable yet.