Takeout creates a lot of trash. It doesn’t have to.

Takeout creates a lot of trash. It doesn’t have to.

Our single-use items aren’t helping the fight against climate change but there are easy hacks to reduce and reuse.

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97 Responses

  1. Sn0reSnoreDan says:

    Vox, always asking the real questions.

  2. Tanvi Anand says:

    I love this series. Keep it up Vox!

  3. average human says:

    Vox basically reads my mind

  4. Septian ernanto7 says:

    i thought people in the USA need to ask for plastic bag like where i live but i guess i was wrong

    • Swarrly says:

      my city in california there are no plastic bags. You can get a paper bag if you ask and pay a small fee but we’ve all just gotten used to having a few reusable bags in our cars.

    • rose novel says:

      Septian ernanto7 I have to refuse a plastic bag. A lot of times I have to repeat myself because they try to give it to me anyway by saying it’s free.

    • TheHubUSA says:

      Mathias Fraenkel – Not lazy… *conditioned to consume*, by govt, media and schools. Some of us break that conditioning, and find freedom in self-reliance and choice. Tragically, my observation is that this group is represented by less than 1% of the general population (at their own peril, and I do mean peril).

    • MissKitae says:

      I have to ask where I live, unless it’s Chinese food, then they put it in a paper bag, then plastic so it can be carried easily.

    • Slaq DaCruzer says:

      At superstores they charge. But mostly restaurants dont charge for it

  5. Decode Channel says:

    If you’re not buying recycled products, you’re not really recycling.

    • Simon cowell says:

      You know it’s hot outside when you go outside and it’s hot

    • The prophet of his most holiness Harambe says:

      Decode Channel the best way to recycle is to spread the wonderful idea of self sterilization amongst humans. This will lead eventually to no garbage. Praise be Harambe, the worlds true eco-hippie.

    • Henri says:

      Belligerent Theo in Finland we have a pawn System for bottles and cans. You get 20 cents for a small bottle and 40 for bigger ones. I think the recycling rate is about 97% in Finland now.

    • Joseph Chopra says:

      I saw your channel and was genuinely surprised by your lack of subs. It looks really professional.

  6. Matt Kid says:

    Fact: it takes 600 years for a plastic fishing line to fade away in the ocean.

    • ryyaan sheikh says:

      Sam Fosdick I like how you don’t respond to the original commenters argument but rather use ONLY techniques of ad hominem to create a sad attempt to win the argument, Also global warming is now a partisan liberal agenda, good to know, please for the sake of mankind, don’t breed, we need less humans like you.

    • J Espinola says:

      well it’s time to build a T I M E M A C H I N E

    • I love Chickens says:

      Sam Fosdick Your logic only works with people that have your same mindset.

  7. rewer says:

    Vox, nice topic, hope you can continue create more awesome videos in year 2018.

    • CRRR says:

      rewer yeah stay away from politics

    • Harambe Cincinnati says:

      Some of their political videos have a clear left-wing bias, and these types of videos are better than biased videos.

    • Matthew Champlain says:

      If Vox could only create these types of videos or videos for about subjects normal people would never think about that would be great. Also if vox could never go political again that would also be great.(This is coming from a guy who agrees with a lot of what they say but it is annoying to have a bunch political b.s shoved down your throat constantly from all directions no matter what side of the fence you are on)

  8. Hi Jack says:

    People at Amazon disliked this video

  9. Autymn Maas says:

    I remember when those water bottle drinking fountains were put in at college. People used them so much that they had to replace the 2 year filter after a year.

    • Eulogy says:

      Autymn Maas The machines at my university were on 6-month cycles. They also tripped the 1mil counter twice in my four years.

  10. einfach nur Leo says:

    In Germany you have to pay a small amount for plastic bags in supermarkets. That makes people reuse or bring their own bags.

  11. ABN Carloo says:

    Please get this to trending

  12. Aidan Page says:

    I love this host, Dr. M. Sanjayan is just so enthusiastic about it all, if he cares this much then so should I lol

  13. soapwad says:

    we filipinos keep all the packets that comes from takeouts so we can use them later.

  14. Riswan Ahmad P. says:

    So Big Shaq’s “no ketchup” principle is actually very eco-friendly

  15. Walter White says:

    I use a single bottle but have never thought that doing so I help the planet (I do it because it’s cheaper than buying a 1 litre bottle every time water runs out). Thank you so much for making such videos, Vox, and you, Dr. Sanjayan. These tips seem so obvious but we don’t really think about them unless we are pointed to them.

  16. Yxg says:

    Here in the UK we switched to pay for plastic bags (5p~) for large businesses (supermarkets & large stores). Critics were saying this will destroy the local business economies and be terrible for hygeine, plus people will keep buying bags.

    But small businesses don’t have to impose this, neither do meats/other hygeine essential shops. Our plastic bag consumption has dropped by like 80%!

  17. Bpmm 01 says:

    It’s funny because my boss has been saying this for decades “always ask if they want the food altogether in one bag never separate, only give a carrier bag if they ask, and if it’s a home delivery never give plastic forks and try and wrap it in paper instead of using a bag…and only give straws with milkshake not bottles or cans unless asked” simple cost cutting measures that’s save you and the customers money in the long run and help the environment!

  18. ElyssaAnderson says:

    Wait, you guys don’t eat your bags too? Is everyone else super wasteful, or am I just a weirdo?

  19. Caroline Mickle says:

    Want to help make a big difference in climate change? Go vegan!!
    Want to make an even bigger difference? Try going zero waste as much as possible! Baby steps.
    Re-use everything possible as well.

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