Okay so the catering situation was pretty much as I imagined. My special gluten-free meals at breakfast and lunch came in big plastic containers. So now to my plastic intake on this trip add:
- two plastic food containers
Though I am failing to have zero plastic intake, I would like to list for you the plastic items that I normally would have used, but didn’t:
- I did not take a piece of hard candy from the hotel lobby
- I did not use the styrofoam cup that fits into the coffee maker in my room. (What happened to glass?) I couldn’t use my travel mug because it was too tall to fit in the shrimpy coffee maker. Rather I used the Grey Poupon jar that I had brought my salad dressing in. Also note that I did not make coffee, but rather ginger tea, because making coffee would’ve caused me to open a plastic wrapper that houses the coffee grounds.
- I did not take a toothpick from the restaurant at dinner even though I had food stuck in my teeth, because the toothpick was wrapped in plastic. (I think the fact that toothpicks now come individually wrapped in plastic should bother us.)
- The only water in the meeting room was in plastic bottles. I didn’t take any, but rather used my water bottle and refilled it in the hall.
- When I got food from the buffet I used my empty catering containers instead of taking a new plastic plate.
- I used the silverware I brought instead of the plastic silverware provided.
- I used the pitcher of creamer in my coffee instead of the individually wrapped creamers.
I still like my “everybody carry a spoon” idea. I’ve been thinking about it a lot today (but not so much that I did the calculation). I need a catchy name and then I’m going to figure out how to make it go viral. Spoonerism. Don’t give me a spoon! Spoon me! Don’t spoon me! Let’s spoon America!