Scottish doggy bag

Last week it was the French, this week it is the Scottish who are trying to get us to ask for a doggy bag.

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The Scottish Government has launched the “Good to go” initiative across Inverness and the Highlands to encourage diners to take leftovers home with them after food waste fell by 42% in a trial.

Many diners feel awkward about asking for a doggy bag. Research by Zero Waste Scotland found that two-fifths of diners surveyed say they are too embarrassed to ask restaurant staff for a ‘doggy bag’, while three-quarters said they would like to be offered the option.

Restaurants will be encouraged to ask if people would like to take leftovers away with them and to provide doggy bags. Obviously, getting portion sizes right in the first place is more important, but the initiative should help to tackle the waste that occurs when appetites and portion sizes do not match up.