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Packing an Eco Friendly Lunch
My impending return to the workforce in about six weeks has got me thinking about lunches. In my previous work life I was never really one to pack a lunch, I would usually just grab a tea and a muffin on the run. That’s a bad habit that I really don’t want to go back to, so that means packing a lunch.
Like me, you may be concerned with all the waste that seems to go with the territory of packing lunches, whether for yourself or your kids. Paper bags, plastic utensils, juice boxes, and other disposables generate tons of waste on a daily basis when there is no need for it.
Here are some tips for packing a lunch bag with zero waste.
1. Whatever happened to the lunchbox? Use some kind of reusable lunch container instead of single use paper bags. There are so many amazing lunch bags and boxes available now, for both adults and children, that just having the excuse to buy one of them could very possibly be all the incentive you need to pack an eco friendly lunch.
2. Reusable drink bottles help cut down on waste tremendously. From little water bottles to mini colas to juice boxes, drinks can be a very wasteful item in a lunch. Instead, invest in a stainless steel water bottle that can be used over and over.
3. Pack a Thermos. In these days where food can be heated instantly in a microwave, thermoses have become almost obsolete; but they are back as people try to cut back on their energy consumption and waste. A stainless steel thermos can be used many times over, and keeps foods hot or cold. Get several sizes for your family’s lunches.
4. Plastic flatware is out. Just pack a fork and spoon from your kitchen flatware drawer or invest in a set of bamboo reusable utensils.
5. No More paper napkins. Go for cloth napkins instead. Making cloth napkins is not hard, and buying them new or second-hand at antique stores is not much trouble.
6. Ditch the ziploc sandwich bags. We have grown so conditioned to use these types of bags for everything from cut-up carrots to ham sandwiches. But reusable sandwich wraps or lunch containers are easy to find and cheap to purchase, or you can simply use a flat food storage container for veggies, sandwiches, and other foods.
7. Make your own lunch. Buying pre-made, pre-packaged lunch foods is not only unhealthy; all the packaging that goes into such foods is very wasteful. Make up a batch of potato salad and pack it in a thermos; put salads in covered glass containers; peanut butter, cheese and crackers can go in a flat food storage container. If your child likes pre-packaged cakes for dessert, send along a homemade cookie or cupcake in a food storage container. You can make a batch of these ahead and freeze them. Pack them in the morning while they are frozen and they will be ready to eat by lunch.