How to BYO

Here’s some tips and recommendations for you to start BYOing!
WHAT TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU BYO
Before:
  • If possible, try to bring a reusable container/bottle/cup/bag that is similar in size to the disposable ones the retail outlet is using.
  • If you have a bag which you always carry, you can consider placing folded reusable bags and utensils inside all the time. If your bag is big enough, you can place a cup/tumbler/bottle and a container too!
During:
  • Be nice and polite while requesting to use your own container/bottle/bag.
  • Smile more.
  • You can tell the staff that this is for the environment as disposables are not eco-friendly.
  • Try not to take up too much time especially during peak hours.
After:
  • If the retail staff accepts your request, thank them sincerely.
  • If the request is declined, take it easy and be understanding.
BOTTLES, TUMBLERS AND CUPS
Reusable Cups, Bottles and Tumblers
  • You can consider using a metal cup, tumbler or bottle made of stainless steel or aluminum so that you can use it for both cold and hot drinks.
  • A glass mason jar is fine too but quite heavy. Avoid plastic material especially for hot drinks.
  • Recommended size is about 500ml.
  • When we order takeaway drinks in our own container, sometimes the staff would do the measurement using a disposable cup and then throw it away. We can remind them to use a reusable measurement cup or to reuse the disposable cup.
  • For cold drinks, consider getting a reusable straw made of bamboo, stainless steel or glass.
TAKEAWAY CONTAINERS AND LUNCHBOXES
Reusable Containers and Lunchboxes
  • A plastic lunchbox is lighter to carry around, but harder to wash when it’s oily and could retain some smell.
  • Stainless steel lunchbox is great but is heavier and is not microwaveable.
  • Glass lunchbox is good but heavy to bring out and may break.
  • If you work in offices where food is served with disposables for dine-in, you can consider bringing your own reusable lunchbox and utensils.
REUSABLE BAGS
Reusable Bags
  • In the backpack or handbag that you bring out frequently, place 1-2 reusable bags in there. They are light and take very little space when folded.
  • Try to reuse plastic bags as much as possible instead of taking new ones.
  • Offer your excess reusable bags with others who do not have them. Remind them to reuse.
CUTLERY, UTENSILS AND STRAWS
Reusable Cutlery, Utensils and Straws
  • Reusable straws are available in several materials such as bamboo, stainless steel and glass.
  • If you love bubble tea, get a jumbo straw.
  • Bring a pouch with the straw and utensil set with you all the time.
  • Wash and dry them immediately after use.