Over the past few months I have been making an effort to move closer to a zero waste lifestyle. As a result, I have been finding new ways to reduce the amount of trash I produce wherever I go, including the movie theater.
By simply thinking before we take or toss, we can keep a lot of unnecessary waste out of the landfill and still have a great time! Here are some of the ways I try to reduce my waste at the movies:
1) Save or Recycle Your Ticket Stubs
Most theaters do not have e-tickets and often times even if you purchase tickets online they end up printing them out when you get there. So save your stubs for a DIY memory box or place them in the recycle bin.
2) Say No To Straws (and Lids, if possible)
In the US, we use 500 million straws a day*. Most are only used for a short time before they end up in the trash and eventually make their way into our oceans and landfills. It’s best to skip the straw, but lids might be trickier. No moviegoer wants an ice cold beverage spilled on them before the movie starts, so just use your best judgement. If you don’t need to climb over a row of people to get to your seat, you might be able to pass on the lid.
3) Bring Leftover Concessions Home
Our eyes are often bigger than our stomachs (I know mine certainly are). If you ordered too much popcorn, food, or candy don’t toss it out as soon as the movie is over. Take it home. I’ve definitely thrown away my fair share of half empty bags of popcorn, but now I bring my leftovers home and fill one of these glass jars to seal in the freshness. That way I get a delicious popcorn snack whenever I want. Win-win!
4) Use Napkins Wisely
This one can be tough, but generally I think we have a pretty good gauge of how messy we are. So try to grab only what you need.
5) Go Zero Waste
This isn’t always the easiest or desirable option, but consider skipping the concessions completely. Eat before you go or bring your own snacks, food and beverages in reusable containers. It’s a lot healthier and you’ll also save money!
Now go out and enjoy! 🙂 Let me know how you go green at the movies. Leave a comment below or #simplyconscious on social media.
*Choose To Be Straw Free