Leftovers, in some ways, are not very Japanese. It's often about fresh food made on the spot, and often right in front of the diner just after they order. This post, though, covers the first trickle of a new trend: doggy bags. It first appeared at Greenz on October 20th, 2010.
something tasty for tomorrow's bento.
Ranging in size and shape, Doggy Bag Flats come two or three in a package in varied designs. Available in trendy colors and patterns (one even by Benetton!), the boxes simplify (and beautify) the idea of toting home a few treats. Customers can also choose more potent messages - boxes with Mottainai defined or basic statistics about food waste in japan - to make it easy to let other diners know why they're tucking away those last bits on their plates.
Creators of this eco-concept in Japan, the Doggy Bag Committee, see it as an effective means of reducing Japan's food waste (equal to roughly the same amount as the country's food aid or five to nine million tons) destined to become animal feed, fertilizer, or incinerator fuel. Endorsed by Food Action Nipon, these washable, reusable, educational (and rather adorable) containers are made from one sheet of paper to stave off leaks and are themselves biodegradable. Brilliant if you ask me.