BYO Campaign

We’re expanding our BYOC campaign. Instead of focusing only on coffee cups, we are renaming the campaign to “BYO” to cover more items that you can bring with you in order to prevent waste.

Note: Some options may not be available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are the additional items you can use:


  • Order your food “for here” then scrape the food into your container and take it “to go” without the packaging. Or if you have leftovers, avoid the non-recyclable “doggie bags” or to-go containers and scrape it into your container right at the table.
  • Available at sit-down restaurants, and grocery stores like New Seasons
  • Sign up for GO Box to receive your to-go food in a reusable container at participating locations in Portland

Cups and Mugs

  • Many places will accept your own mugs and cups for drinks, such as coffee cups, tea, smoothies, Slurpees and soft drinks.
  • You can often receive a discount, or avoid a charge on a to-go cup.
  • Ask for the pour-in: At coffee and tea shops you can ask the barista to use the pour-in method, where they pour your drink into your cup contact-free by not touching your cup. 
  • A reusable drink kit typically calls for a water bottle, an insulated cup for warm drinks, and/or a cup with a reusable straw and lid for other types of drinks. There are also insulted hot/cold beverage cups that can work for both hot and cold beverages. 

Jars and Containers

  • When you go to the grocery store, bring your own containers for bulk bin foods like nuts, spices, grains and even peanut butter. Non-food items as well, such as shampoo, conditioners, liquid soap, detergent and lotion!
  • Remember to ask the store how to pre-weigh (tare) your items so the weight can be subtracted at checkout.
  • Check out new businesses like Good Life Market Delivery in the Portland area that offers zero waste packaging for local delivery.


  • Instead of using a paper or plastic bag, bring your own reusable cloth or sturdy bag for groceries and other store purchased items at department stores.
  • You can even get a discount for every bag you avoid.
  • There are other types of bags, including veggie bags


  • Take your reusable growler to your favorite bar or brewery, and ask them to fill it up!

Water Bottles

  • Drinking water is great, but if you can avoid all the plastic bottles by refilling your water bottle, you’ll keep it cooler longer, and avoid the trash.

Silverware and Cutlery

  • Bring your own utensils, silverware and cutlery instead of eating with those flimsy plastic ones that break easily and are not recyclable. Check out some cool utensil bags to keep everything organized.
  • Don’t forget when placing your order, decline any cutlery, napkins, and condiments if you don’t need them. Often times these items will be discarded and not reused for other customers, so prevention is the key!
  • Like other types of food? Bring your own chopsticks, condiment containers, and more!


  • Tired of all the paper napkins you have leftover? Just say no, and start bringing your own with you!
  • This can include handkerchiefs, wash cloths, hand towels, and more.


  • Consider buying a metal, glass or reusable straw instead of using a single-use plastic one.
  • Compostable straws are also an option, if you have a way to compost them properly.

This should get you started with BYO. Are we forgetting any others? Contact us and let us know!