A new campaign from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, Too Good to Waste, is encouraging diners to take their leftovers home. Be bold and ask for a doggy box!
Too good to waste
For every meal eaten in a UK restaurant, nearly half a kilo of
food is wasted, through preparation, spoilage during cooking, and
what diners leave behind on the plate. This means that 600,000
tonnes of food are thrown away by restaurants every year. This all
ends up in landfill, at huge cost to the environment, and to
restaurants. In an effort to curb this enormous waste of food, the
Sustainable Restaurant Association has launched the campaign Too
Good to Waste.
Ask for a doggy box
The campaign invites restaurants to sign up for a doggy box
scheme, and encourages diners to be bold and ask for their leftover
food to be boxed up. The hope is that this will inspire a new
confidence in UK diners not to be embarrassed about asking to take
the food home. Chefs and restaurateurs are in fact crying out for
leftovers to be taken home and put to good use.
The doggy box itself is made from 100% recycled and 100%
biodegradable materials, including the branded Too Good to Waste
stickers, so they can be put in normal household recycling or
composted. The campaign has only just launched, with a cook-off in
Clerkenwell, London. See how you can support the doggy box as a