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All contributions to the GreenToGo Kickstarter campaign are tax-deductible
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464 backers pledged $26,242 to help bring this project to life.

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In the final days of the campaign, we have stretch goals we want to reach: (1) We want to continue to establish a strong base of founding GreenToGo members so our initial launch is successful! Any funds above our goal will allow us to (2) train and hire additional people at a living wage, and (3) buy carbon-neutral transportation (like cargo bicycles or solar-powered Elf vehicles with trailers) to carry the reusable containers to/from the wash facility and restaurants. And (4) we'll need some office space for our team so we can begin planning and operations. Thank you for your support! Keep the pledges coming!

What it is:

GreenToGo is a service that makes RETURNABLE takeout containers a reality! Our goal is to help the community REDUCE WASTE by making returnable takeout containers a convenient part of the Durham infrastructure. We have so far partnered with 25+ different restaurants to make this a sustainable project. 

GreenToGo reduces waste, diverts trash from the landfill, and aims to improves quality of life for the community. GreenToGo boxes are durable and long-lasting take-out containers which are 100% reusable. 

Don’t wait! Do this now! Help make this project a success by joining the GreenToGo club!

How it works: 

The GreenToGo service uses a check-in and check-out system for boxes. When you dine at a GreenToGo restaurant, you check out a fresh box for your takeout or leftovers. You later return the used box to a GreenToGo drop-off bin in any of the participating restaurants so it can be washed and sanitized in a commercial dishwasher, ready for the next customer! Watch this short video to see the GreenToGo in action.

What restaurants are participating? 

We are proud of our ever growing list of Durham restaurant participants:

We’re also in talks with Heavenly Buffaloes, Lucky’s Deli, Local 22, Dame’s Chicken & Waffles, Foster’s Market, Guasaca, and Parts & Labor. 

Please feel free to write to us (info@durhamgreentogo.com) if you have suggestions for where you want to see GreenToGo service provided. Thank you!

Is there a cost to participate in GreenToGo, and what does that cost cover?

It costs $25 per year for a 1-box GreenToGo membership. Membership fees help support the cost of buying the GreenToGo boxes, building a drop-off bin for each restaurant, and supporting publicity and management of the GreenToGo service in our community. If you think you’ll need more than one GreenToGo box at a time, you can easily upgrade your membership to a 2-, 3-, and 4-box membership using the GreenToGo mobile app.

Check out our FAQ page HERE for lots more information! 

Don't Waste Durham thanks Keep Durham Beautiful for their fiscal sponsorship!

Design credits: All logos and design by Daria Drake of drak haus/The Durham Originals

Movie credits:

Filmmaker: Yuri Vaysgant 

Music: Kamara Thomas

We'd also like to thank many people and places: 

Elizabeth Turnbull & Roberto Copa Matos of Old Havana Sandwich Shop

Kelli Cotter of Toast 

Leila Wolfrum of Durham Co-op Market

Ms. Polly Nator

Patricia Fossum of City of Durham Solid Waste Department

North Carolina State University (NCSU) Dining Services

Zoe Harrison, NCSU student and Don't Waste Durham intern

Museum of Life & Science

The beautiful people of the Bull City!

Risks and challenges

Possible risks and challenges for us include:

Coordination of GreenToGo box collection, and washing/sanitizing for restaurants not equipped with high-temperature commercial dishwashers.

Different restaurants needing different shaped and sized boxes.

Gaining enough market penetration to remain viable over time.

Wish us luck! Fingers crossed!

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    If you want to buy memberships for friends or family, please indicate the number of memberships you wish to purchase with the amount that you want to pledge. For instance, if you would like 4 memberships, select this reward and change the pledge amount to $100. Don't worry, we will gather each member's information later.

    Note: If you would like more than one box per membership, add $5 per box/membership to the total. For example, a 2-box membership and a 3-box membership would be $70.

    Contact us if you're confused, and we can help you! info@durhamgreentogo.com

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    Membership + amazing t-shirt

    Donors receive a t-shirt (ultra soft, sustainable Carolina Cotton by TS Designs, and designed by Daria Drake of The Durham Originals), and a 1-year GreenToGo membership!

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    $100+ Business Supporters receive free PR for from GreenToGo and one GreenToGo membership you can raffle off or award as a prize.

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    Donor receives exclusive VIP invitation for two to the swanky celebratory GreenToGo party with our team and participating restaurants, plus a 1-year GreenToGo membership!

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    Local business sponsors receive a custom-designed GreenToGo membership plan for you and your employees, a handmade custom-designed drop-off bin for your employees' convenience, and lots of free PR for your business! Plus, you'll feel great that your company is going green!

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    Have you ever wanted to be a Sugar Parent? Well, here is your opportunity. Do you really believe in our cause and want to make a huge contribution with no "fringe benefits"? Please be our Mommy/Daddy!

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