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5 Eco Friendly Lunch Ideas

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh
lunchHere’s some food for thought — the less you throw away, the more money you save. Try replacing some (or all!) of your paper or plastic lunch storage and transportation options with some of the eco-friendly alternatives below. Go green and save green, who doesn’t love that?

Save money on Ziplocks – You can get 20 quart Ziplocs at your local grocery store for about $3.70 (just under twenty cents a pop). And if you’re like most, you probably wind up throwing them away after each use, which can add up in a hurry. Instead, consider making the switch to these reusable storage bags made of FDA-Grade PEVA Film. They are PVC-, lead- and BPA-free and are machine washable.

Forget the brown bag – Down with the brown! Help create a waste-free lunch by replacing your brown bag with a reusable tote from Repreve. Their lunch totes are stylish and constructed using 50% post-consumer recycled bottle fabric. The FDA-grade lining and non-toxic coated exterior wipes clean and is PVC-, lead- and BPA-Free to boot.

Ban the Bottle – More than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators every day, so why not make the switch to a reusable water bottle? Our favorites are stainless steel or glass. If you go glass, make sure to pair it with a protective sleeve that will help prevent accidental breakage.

Rethink Your Storage – Reusable containers are a great way to prevent food waste, but those icky plastics ones are loaded with toxic chemicals and other junk you don’t want coming anywhere near your lunch. Let’s not even talk about what happens when you microwave plastic. Our solution, go glass! You’ll see that your food not only tastes better, but the cleanup is easier too!

Food in Jars – It’s all the rage to put your food in jars. You can easily layer a salad beautifully in a mason jar. Keep in mind that the dressing is always the first (bottom) layer. We recommend using wide mouth jars as well because they hold more ingredients and are easier to wash. They’re a portable way to get your greens on the go.


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