How to Help Reduce Waste During a Pandemic
First of all, if you find yourself in a situation where you can use a squeeze bottle for your meal, do not use it until COVID-19 has passed. However, even though we are no longer trying to enact our solution (that would reduce packaging waste) there are still ways you can help reduce packaging waste. For example, if you are somewhere where you are using ketchup packets (or mustard, sauce, etc) only take what you need! Also, make sure to use everything in the package. At my schools cafeteria I constantly see used ketchup packets laying next to each other. They always have extra ketchup visible in them. So, if someone uses 4 ketchup packets, they could take a little more time getting all the extra ketchup out and find they may only need to use three.
Which Ketchup Packets Are Better?
As you may know, there's two different types of ketchup packets (shown to the left). If your given the choice between the two, take the" dip & squeeze" one. Yes, someone could argue that the smaller one uses less plastic. So why do I say to use the "dip and squeeze" one? It's because of the "dip" feature. It relates to what I talked about above, how many people leave excess ketchup in their packets. The way the "dip and squeeze" packets are built is the top is peal able, but the bottom and sides form a plastic box. So, instead of having to squeeze all your extra ketchup out of a packet (because honestly, no one would look forward to that), you can simply dip your fries (or whatever it is your eating) right in.