In an urban setting, owning a dog is simulated parenting – conspicuous caring. The in-utilitarian dog serves a purpose, but not the one for which dogs were created. In-utilitarian dogs are a means of signaling (communicating) one’s valuable traits to others – especially potential mates, but also potential allies.
We realized that much of the waste produced by takeout was delayed. Many (most?) restaurants include in the “takeout kit” items such as plastic cutlery, salt & pepper tiny bags, ketchup etc. that are not necessary in the context of eating at home. Sure, if you’re eating in a hotel room you need these items, but if you’re eating at home, you have your own cutlery, plates and, better ketchup.