Buying lunch is one of the most notorious culprits for single-use plastic waste, like straws, disposable silverware, and to-go containers. With just a teensy bit of planning, one can sidestep this whole issue by packing a lunch!
Because I’m a busy student with some dietary restrictions, I always bring a lunch to school. I pack my lunch with organic cotton reusable sandwich bags, a glass and stainless steel water bottle, glass containers, and organic cotton beeswax sheets (instead of plastic wrap). I bring my silverware pouch and a organic cotton napkin, and I’m all set! I’m not a big coffee drinker, but here is a great brand of reusable glass coffee mugs as well. If you prefer a coffee mug with more insulation, Hydroflask bottles are amazing. I use an insulated lunch bag, but I’ve heard great things about this Bento Box too.
I work in an elementary school and I also have many dietary restrictions, so I nearly always pack a lunch too! Lately my favorite thing to do are lunch salads – I make a big salad in the beginning of the week with kale, some kind nut, a fruit or carb (i.e. apple or carrot) and then I separately make a protein (usually chicken) and a dressing. Each morning, I just assemble it in a mason jar or glass tupperware, and I’m good to go! For water bottles and tea mugs, I’d like to give another shout-out to Hydroflask. They are pricy, but very sturdy and well worth the investment.
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