There’s no ethical consumption under capitalism — even gummy bears aren’t safe — but I’d like to think most people try to eat ethically where they can. If you are one of those people, you should delete all those super convenient delivery apps on your phone.
Look, I’m not happy about it either. As a lazy person without a car, I’m often part of this particular problem, but delivery apps are bad for restaurants and I love restaurants. I don’t feel so bad using it for big chains, but smaller restaurants often get caught up in a vicious cycle of using delivery services to support their business, then doing business to support those services.
Unfortunately, there’s no clever hack around this: you just need to pick up the damn phone. I understand that a lot of people have anxiety around doing so — myself included — but there are ways to alleviate that. If a place offers delivery and you still choose another service, you’re not only costing the restaurant, but (most likely) yourself with all of those delivery fees.
If you don’t know any restaurants the deliver, do a little research and make a list of all of those that do to suit your various cravings. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll be less likely to panic-order something out of hangriness. Also, make a list of those places in your neighbourhood that offer food to-go; taking a little pre-dinner walk is never a bad thing.
This also may be a good opportunity to examine your dinner habits as a whole. If you can’t imagine living without mobile food delivery apps, you probably aren’t doing a lot of cooking. Cooking at home is the original culinary hack and if you’re having a hard time sticking to a meal plan, we have some tips for you here.
I understand that nobody’s perfect and that there are some days — like sick days — where convenience will always win, but cutting down on your Uber Eats habit is good for your favourite restaurants, your wallet and your physical health.
Also, no matter where you order from, tip the delivery person — in cash, not written in on your credit card receipt — especially if the weather is bad.
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