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

The single-use packaging that typically accompanies your takeout order can have a significant impact on the environment. (© Conservation International/photo by David Emmett)

The doorbell rings. It’s takeout — and a small mountain of single-use packaging you don’t need.

Ever wonder why our favorite food comes with so much stuff? If so, you’re not alone.

Takeout creates a lot of trash, and that means a larger climate footprint for our pad thai and tikka masala. In total, about 29 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from the way we make, consume and dispose of stuff. But there are solutions to getting our favorite food without the waste.

In the latest installment of the Climate Lab video series — produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox Media — Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan looks at what leading companies and universities are doing to stem the tide of single-use packages.

Making a change in your own life may be easier than you think.

The video debuts today on Vox; watch below or at youtube.com/vox.

It might just save takeout night.

Jamey Anderson is a senior writer at Conservation International.

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