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

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Our single-use items aren't helping the fight against climate change but there are easy hacks to reduce and reuse. Climate Lab is produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox. Hosted by conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, the videos explore the surprising elements of our lives that contribute to climate change and the groundbreaking work being done to fight back. Featuring conversations with experts, scientists, thought leaders and activists, the series demystifies topics like nuclear power, food waste and online shopping to make them more approachable and actionable for those who want to do their part. Sanjayan is an alum of UC Santa Cruz, a Visiting Researcher at UCLA and the CEO of Conservation International. Prior episodes at https://goo.gl/phMcK8 or visit http://climate.universityofcalifornia.edu for more Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO And check out the University of California’s channels: https://goo.gl/bqzTtj https://goo.gl/hRfdox The University of California is a pioneer on climate research, renewable energy and environmental sustainability. UC is dedicated to providing scalable solutions to help the world bend the curve on climate change. UC research is also paving the way for the university to meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025. Read more about our commitment at https://goo.gl/S6vE3s Follow UC on Facebook: https://goo.gl/BB7PiL Or on Twitter: https://goo.gl/SXyHjk Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H Or on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
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Simran Johal (1 day ago)
Americans are so behind... and wasteful
Great video! It is also possible to bring your own tupperware and reusable coffee cups. Sometimes I get frowned upon doing this, but other times I get applauded and even recieve discounts or a free gift!
_Issaboll _ (6 days ago)
One of my biggest pet peeves is getting unnecessary plastic bags and throwaway items.
Lina Haouriqui (9 days ago)
I make my own lunch and have breakfast at home :p but I buy at least 1 water bottle a day... There is no filtered water refill point where I live (and i think the whole country doesn't know about it) do you have any idea how to work around this problem? Ps: the tap water taste really bad :/
y4miko (12 days ago)
at my university, they just stopped selling water bottles so if people want to drink water, they have to drink from the water fountain or bring their reusable water bottles. Plus the water bottle filling stations actually counts the number of bottles saved by using reusable ones and I think it is really cool to see how big of an impact filling your own bottle has.
Hossain Abeer (18 days ago)
Overpopulation is the major global problem. It must be tackled immidiately
Ian K. Couch (18 days ago)
My high school instituted the first composting system in my school system as a pilot program last year, and have since been expanding it across the district to other high schools. It was really tricky at first, but our environmental club has helped a lot. Recently the district switched to paper and/or cardboard trays, and don't package most meals. We installed a water bottle filling station in the cafeteria, and many of our students carry reusable water bottles out of sheer convenience. Though it isn't a perfect system, there's still far more plastic packaging than we as a school ever need, and the composting system is still young, it's shown a remarkable improvement. I'm really proud of my school and their club, which was the one that brought it to the district as a potential to save money.
Ellie Hardstaff (19 days ago)
Love this
Doer He (20 days ago)
My problem is that whenever I have a reusable bottle, I lose it within a week. So I just kind of gave up on trying to reuse bottles a year ago.
Glory Sky (22 days ago)
At some business events, they give you a reusable water bottle. Or even a reusable straw
xaraxen (26 days ago)
Nature doesn't have trash cans. They do have recycling centres, if you know what they are and where to look for inspirations.
Lu Kelly (30 days ago)
I totally agree the idea about food took out with recycling package.
Almila Ceren (1 month ago)
Weird Cow (1 month ago)
I reuse water bottles to water my plants which are in reused plastic containers. :) I use plastic tins to hold my leaky plants. It’s easy to reuse if you try.
A A (1 month ago)
2:30 is this guy joking? Put a burrito in your backpack?
A A (1 month ago)
This video is hilarious. 2:19 The plastic bag is obviously to prevent oil stain on your car or clothes.
leo perez (1 month ago)
I will try to replicate this project at my university. Is there a way I can recieve somekind of help for this?? I need information about costs and the lifetime of the reusable toppers? or how can I get that info??
susu setoberi (1 month ago)
In my country, indonesia, it's really hard to stick to the "reuse" habit. I always bring my reusable bottle when i go to campus but ended up to buy another plastic bottled water because there's no "free water refill" thing here.
CRAVE SKILL (1 month ago)
jackpaice (1 month ago)
How 'bout americans start cooking at home more? :) Just bring a container of homemade food to work. Reduce waste by A LOT and also it's better for ya.
372 stegee (1 month ago)
1:16 Iсторïя Украïни
Fatehjot Singh (1 month ago)
and consider going vegan.. single biggest impact decision
Rebecca Lizarde (1 month ago)
Hi Vox! I really enjoy this series and think it's absolutely necessary and helpful. Do you think that you can explain the link between large corporations and climate change? I've noticed that a lot of your videos focus on the average person, and I'm interested in learning more about the energy usage and waste of these companies and how I as a consumer can help make a difference. I've heard things here and there and want to learn more!
ArBuz Entertainment (1 month ago)
The classic BPA free plastic bottles are plastic. Poisoned plastic bottles are made of plastic. They are all reusable.
satria amiluhur (1 month ago)
In my country, deliverymen brings food on porcelain plate into our house, and when we're done eating we put the plate before our door for them to collect. Pretty laborious overall but generates less waste.
Lorin Chak (1 month ago)
I'm surprised that the 4th R "Refuse" was not the first on the list. Refuse the excess, then reduce the amount you use. Then Reuse/Repurpose and Recycle.
topo (2 months ago)
This video has to go viral
magnetic levitation (2 months ago)
What about all the consumer items that are sold in shops, they all come packed in plastic. The takeout waste is only a small part of all the plastic used in factories to package items. They should be the one to use more environment friendly packaging because they mass produce those stuff.
A- KHANATION (2 months ago)
EpicLily75 (2 months ago)
Take out creates a lot of.....disasters, such as obesity & pollution! How wonderful...not.
Jacob H. (2 months ago)
softcactus (2 months ago)
1:17 ну-ка в принципе там истории Украины и пункт . . . (Итс джаст э джоук я сама хохолкахолушка)
Megan Williams (2 months ago)
I'm an environmental science and policy graduate from UMD and I can't express how much I wish my school thought about waste in this way. I should go to Irvine Also thank you thank you for putting this all so concisely into one video. I always want to explain this to friends, cool if you recycle but it's so important to reduce consumption.
Lourenço Vieira (2 months ago)
I love these guy.
God of Beans (2 months ago)
My sister worked at a craft store and whenever she asks people whether or not they want a bag they act confused because theyre used to it just being the default.
Joshua Connell-evans (2 months ago)
they just made this a thing in Australia
Andro Senique (2 months ago)
Wow, your video is impressive, not like with other youtubers who just put a bunch of boring pictures and almost 80% of a 15mins video is composed of their talking faces which makes it soooo boring to watch.
Akidachi (2 months ago)
Also: dont buy coffee to go Make it at home and bring it in a thermos Way creaper in the long run and you dont have to deal with places where they dont accept reusable cups (Not to mention most coffee to go is kinda nasty)
kim jong Ill (2 months ago)
Idk how reusable lunch boxes or plates seem like a revelation to students in American universities. In India all colleges have had reusable plates and packages in cafeterias or dormitories for students for decades. It’s so common that I didn’t even think about it until you guys mentioned it. Damn. India be eco-friendly
Jamie Clark (2 months ago)
I love this cleaner living stuff, but attempting to fear monger by hijacking natural climate change mechanisms is a bit scamy. How do you expect to gain peoples trust and push back on profit hungry dirty corporations when you yourself can't even lie straight in bed, making the whole thing no more honest then some fat cats scheme to expand their bottom line? Makes me wonder if you're just enforcing yet another disaster capitlism scheme Fight lies with more lies, but the only people you are tricking are the least intelligent.
One Month (2 months ago)
This video deserves 7.6 billion views! Thanks Vox.
Moth Man (2 months ago)
This is fantastic. I've never been able to come up with a good idea on what to do with takeout food bc you always have the problem of having to return or pay for the container. Although I would like to see the button for grub hub and seamless say yes I would like to have napkins etc bc it's gonna help even more if ppl actually have to go out of their way to get it, just like if you don't hand it to them in a store unless they ask for it. Great video! Really inspiring!
TimmyMcTim (2 months ago)
...and people say driving cars is a big problem.
Rewpart (2 months ago)
If only solutions like GO Box were more widespread at the moment. Street food creates a lotta waste.
RainbowSprnklz (2 months ago)
i liked how you made these videos because they really dont feel too shamey and offer compelling solutions that you seem excited about also i will use those ketchups
Fourthgirl (2 months ago)
I think it is ridiculous that people go to coffe shops everyday and take out a disposable cup. Spend $12 on a decent reusable up or thermos. It is not that difficult. Same with a water bottle.
ohfudge art (2 months ago)
At my smaller school, we added the water bottle filling stations. They have been about 5000 times in just a year. I think making this addition on a larger scale could really effect the amount of plastic water bottles used.
James Deal (2 months ago)
by saying no to a plastic bag means that it still exists and will be thrown away anyways by someone else. can someone please explain to me how saying no helps?
Julia Nymwhen (1 month ago)
Not even what Sibil says.. it's as simple as, if you don't get a plastic back, the company still has this plastic back, if a 1000 people don't ask for a plastic bag that month they will have a 1000 bags left over, they will order a 1000 bags less for the next month. Plastic doesn't go bad so this argument makes no sense. If you don't ask for the bag, it can literally still be used for years, so it will directly reduce the amount a company buys.
Anastasia Lovat (1 month ago)
James Deal saying no = one less person creating a demand. As demand lowers , supply will lower.
Oranges (2 months ago)
We save our plastic bags
PC TechTips (2 months ago)
it's easy, just increase the container sale tax and force people to recycle or pay more xD
MassDynamic (2 months ago)
i really don't understand why people insist on drinking bottled water, even when at home (unless their tap water is somehow unsafe to drink)
Speedbird578 (2 months ago)
In the UK you have to pay for plastic bags at supermarkets, making people bring their own.
BrokeredHeart (2 months ago)
I have a lot of collapsible items that I can carry with me - reusable bags, a watercolor that folds up when it's empty, and a Tupperware that flattens. I carry these things with me everywhere, and they don't take up as much space, and they ensure that I don't have to take away a lot more trash. It's also helped me reconsider some of my purchases, choosing items that are not individually wrapped or to reconsider sitting down at restaurants and cafes to eat my food. A lot of places have washable cutlery, plates, and glasses for people who want to stick around.
嘉鴻徐 (2 months ago)
this is what I want
duy (2 months ago)
All this would be rendered useless if we could just figure out a way to REUSE PLASTIC! In fact it might already be possible, just expensive.
duy (2 months ago)
It's all "I want re-usable, I'm saving the Earth" until you find out that they haven't actually been WASHING the reusable containers properly, because THAT'S WHY non-reusable were invented in the first place!
Angie (2 months ago)
The only option is to trust yourself and your own washing. Bring your own reusables everywhere you go. How do you know that non-reusables are clean? They might have sawdust or tiny particles or other micro-byproducts from the factories they were made.
afrosheenix (2 months ago)
I hate the fact McDonald's uses boxes instead of wrapping in paper.
Kurisu Senpai (2 months ago)
I’d be more interested in the checkbox if it was direct. When they add “I’m trying to save the earth” or when the guy at the bar says “we’re not trying to murder the penguins”, it just makes me mad. Stop trying to guilt trip people. Just be real. Do you need it? Here it is. Do you NOT need it? No problem, we won’t bother you with it. It’s so condescending, and makes it less about the actual cause and more about people patting themselves and each other on the back.
Aj Hegi (2 months ago)
In India , a few states have implemented plastic ban , This has forced restaurants to utilise alternatives , such as cloth bags in place of plastic bags and hence consumers get their own bags to avoid paying the extra buck for those bags
###### (2 months ago)
nice talk!
Water & Sky (2 months ago)
Western 'recycling' has been a big fat myth so far, when the majority of that trash is being exported to places like China and Thailand where it has been destroying their environment. Now those countries are saying "no thanks" and the trash is piling up here in the West. We need real solutions to the trash, not out of sight out of mind / let the developing countries deal with the problems we create.
CodeChimp (3 months ago)
If you order on UberEats, please write extra instructions for "no utensils."
erin green (3 months ago)
WISM (3 months ago)
We basically need to stop creating so much waste. Also, think about textile pollution. For instance, that Lacoste shirt you are wearing was made in a third world country and polluted rivers with ink
Milo Wolochuk (3 months ago)
I ❤️ Portland
Artstudent24 (3 months ago)
Please bring back climate lab, PLEASE!!!!!!!
VSG24 (3 months ago)
no thanks
Mildred Martinez (3 months ago)
Yes, switch to zero waste with a reusable water bottle, take out container or straw.  We don't have any other planet to go to so take care of this like it's the last because it is.
Ter (3 months ago)
but atleast it tastes nice
Richard Sequeira (3 months ago)
I love how three campuses of the University of California are leading in the reduction of waste disposal!
Selena B (3 months ago)
first thing I thought when I saw the title was Ryan Trahan lol
Much2Troublesome (3 months ago)
VOX, please keep making this series! It's amazing and we need more
Z Jones (3 months ago)
This is why I won't wear condoms. So much latex just thrown out.
Andrius Šatas (3 months ago)
Mooooore of these videos, please!
Swaathi K (3 months ago)
US, the most wasteful country in the world.
Olivia Pound (3 months ago)
Save the earth!!!
Exalaxy X (3 months ago)
They save 3m water bottle/year? You only save 3 minutes of plastic bottle waste lol.
woo woo (3 months ago)
Vote Blue
Dougie Quick (3 months ago)
Best to just avoid fast food like the plague but once in a while it is a handy solution if in a big hurry ...BUT when the mental midget filling your order tries to heap more ketchup and whatever than ANYONE in their right mind would even begin use? Shove the excess back at them and say "REALLY? You REALLY think people want 20 ketchup packets for 2 small order of fries???? REALLY??"
KeyboardRossi 46 (4 months ago)
Whatever Indian arabic guy
Gacheru Mburu (4 months ago)
Rodrigo (4 months ago)
where's season two?!
re-read (4 months ago)
Thanks from Russia. I think it is a great idea to share this video (or whole playlist) with everyone.
Soneji (4 months ago)
Financially incentivized means of reducing waste are what people need to be encouraged to reduce waste. For example, most people have their own personal water bottle in order to avoid spending money on water constantly and take advantage of the free water bottle filling stations around them. Similar things need to happen to encourage large scale reduction of waste.
Jianer Lin (5 months ago)
Think about a people who need to walk to the restaurant during freezing weather
Logan Carson (5 months ago)
Can I like this video 100 more times?
Envy West (5 months ago)
Haha guess what the ads were on this video
Hudaef Cares? (5 months ago)
In my town plastic containers are mostly banned. (Except water bottles and plastic covers for cups to go) the food containers are made of cardboard, plastic bags and straws are banned, and in the market you are forced to use either paper bags, eco bags, (bags made of some kind of cloth) or whatever bag you brought. Tbh whenever I go to another town and see a straw or plastic bag, I kinda tear up in nostalgia lol.
Shriyog Ingale (5 months ago)
I think about this every time I choose take away !
CeLion (5 months ago)
Plus if you reuse you don't spend as much water
kd1s (6 months ago)
You know it's funny. Every bit of food you buy is wrapped in plastic. And as to water I get the big 2.5 gallon jugs. Just refill my water bottle.
Monster Suly (6 months ago)
Save the earthhhh 😬
Panthers1521 (6 months ago)
Single serve is so bad. Coffee pods, daily contacts.
BudgeThePutcher (6 months ago)
3:20 Restaurants don't pay for napkins and plastic ware. Customers do. In fact, Restaurants probably have huge margins on that stuff and make a significant amount of their profit from it.
codesneezes (6 months ago)
this is probably the best series Vox has done. we need way more of these
Alana Chriest (6 months ago)
These are good suggestions to the issue of single use waste. However, the better question should be targeting the creation of these waste products. Structurally make convenience inconvenient.
alanfender123 (6 months ago)
what if you don't like your containers tasting like dish soap or old oil
Caroline Williams (6 months ago)
Reusable coffee cups!!!
Nickname34 (6 months ago)
1 million bottles a minute, 60 million bottles an hour, 1.44 billion bottles a day..... thats a lot of waste
Sol Usman (6 months ago)
In Malaysia the "pay for plastic bag" method only got introduced about a few years and there are people complaining. Ugh

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