I like hating plastic. It can be a good conversation starter. I've mostly swallowed my pride. But sometimes I run into social plastic and don't know what to do. For example, when I'm at a job interview and they offer me water or coffee, I usually take it. It was nice of them to offer. And I'm often nervous. And it can be awkward carrying my own water into an interview (doesn't always fit nicely into the purse, what with the portfolio and all). Sooo...plastic. I mean, if I were to get the job, I'm sure I'd ease my co-workers into knowing all about my plastic-related eccentricities. However, it just doesn't seem like the wise choice.
Another example -- I visited a friend recently. We both stayed with her significant other, which was incredibly generous of him. Although I've learned to rule out "take out" via the "too much plastic" issue, I definitely wanted some yummy Chinese food. And he was exhausted after a tough day at work. It would have definitely been rude to pitch a plastic-related fit.
What do you suggest? What do you do in these situations?