I remember living in Washington, DC, and how popular food trucks were there. Sure, some of them served up delicious food. I went a few times with co-workers. It was something a little different and on a nice, warm days it felt good to chomp down in the sun.
But one thing that blew me away was the garbage — the packaging for all the food. I have yet to see a food truck that uses re-usable packaging or real dishes. I think it’s almost out of the question. They just don’t have room in their tiny trucks. I remember getting my lunch packaged in styrofoam with a plastic fork AND knife AND round little packages for the sauce AND two little unnecessary side dishes AND a napkin. All this put into a plastic bag, as if I couldn’t carry the package two metres to the grass.
We’ve gone too far. We no longer think about what we are doing, what impact our food choices are having and how much garbage our choices are making. We don’t put legislation on businesses like food trucks and restaurants to control the amount of packaging they use and garbage they create. We just consume, throw things away and consume again.
Sure, the food was great. But I really felt guilty for contributing to this mess. I think about the great pacific garbage patch – giant patches of plastic and waste that can’t degrade floating around in the Pacific Island near Hawaii. So as we rush to have hip food trucks and other cities around the world, let’s also think about the waste they create and solve this problem.