The first step is to avoid unnecessary single-use items in the first place.

Right now, many restaurants just automatically hand out utensils - plastic forks, or wooden chopsticks, condiments and napkins - whether you want them or not.

A very simple solution is for a restaurant to only give these out on request, or ask if you want them. This can immediately reduce waste and save businesses money.

Also known as ‘Ask-First’ or ‘Skip-the-Stuff’, a growing number of cities and states have passed a law that requires every restaurant, ordering app and even events to do this.This list includes: LA, Chicago, San Francisco, New Jersey,Vancouver, Edmonton, and Banff.

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