One of the things that I've learnt in the past few months, is that often 'eating here' when eating out is the better option for reducing waste. This morning I went to coffee and apart from some unnecessary napkins, my entire experience was zero waste. But there are 2 other things that I have noticed when eating out.
1. When eating here, you get to sit. Sitting when eating and socialising is a great way to relax, instead of grabbing something and going. I know that each way of eating has its purpose, but I much prefer the sit down one.
2. When ordering drinks this is my checklist
a) do they have hot beverages in mug/cup? - if not it's a no go (luckily today I got a hot chocolate in a mug)
b) do they have cold beverages in glasses? - if not check the fridge if they have one (the only cold beverages available were in a paper cup).
c) do they have a drink in a glass jar or can? - if not... drinks seem to be a no go.
d) ASK FOR NO STRAW - I forget this still. And I find that a lot of zero waste people blog about forgetting because in our minds, they are unnecessary unless you absolutely require it.
Sometimes making a decision about what I want takes ages, but it can also sometimes be easier to make a choice because the choices are limited.