Food waste is a big issue, and people seem to really hate seeing food go to waste in restaurants. We as waste-haters want to learn more about this for a campaign we’re developing to encourage people to take action, but before we can do that, we need your help gathering some more information. Just as our way of saying thank you, every 25th respondent of this survey will win a free Nalgene water bottle or an alternative prize of your choosing!

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* 1. Please select the top three reasons for why you think it is important not to waste food. (Select only 3)

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* 2. If you are concerned about food waste, what are the top three things you hate to see go to waste? (Select only 3)

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* 3. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

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Restaurant customers don’t ask for doggie/to-go bags often enough
I think it’s polite to leave some food on my plate
I think all buffet-style cafeterias should charge per pound of food
All-you-can-eat restaurants should be banned
Restaurant portions are usually too big
I feel badly when I see restaurant food go to waste
Restaurant customers order or take more than they can eat
Restaurants make it difficult to share food or order half portions
I would patronize certain restaurants more if I knew they did a good job of minimizing food waste

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* 4. Rank in order (1 being the best) the most environmentally superior way for restaurants to handle food left on plates by patrons.

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* 5. When you take a doggie/to-go bag from a restaurant, what are your main reasons for doing so? (Choose top 3)

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* 6. When you don’t take a doggie/to-go bag, what are your main reasons for not doing so? (Choose top 3)

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* 7. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

  Agree Somewhat Agree Neutral Somewhat Disagree Disagree
I’m satisfied with the doggie/to-go bag packaging provided by most restaurants
Doggie/to-go bags don’t necessarily keep food fresh
Being provided with a less wasteful doggie bag would make me feel good about a restaurant
I would think twice about returning to a restaurant that provided me with a doggie bag that was wasteful
Doggie/to-go bags usually represent too much packaging
I would bring my own doggie bag or food container to the restaurant if it were convenient to do so
Doggie/to-go bags are too messy and inconvenient

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* 8. We are interested in gathering the best ideas from around the world for cutting down on food waste in restaurants, including taking food home. Do you have any to share?

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* 9. If you could invent the ideal package for taking food home from restaurants, what would it be?

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