Pack a waste-free lunch

Here we go again! Back to school means back to packing lunch for those who bring from home. Make sure your lunch is waste-free. It’s easy!

You probably already have everything you need in your kitchen. Just follow the steps below.

  1. Find a reusable bag or box. This might be an insulated lunch bag that keeps things cool, a decorated lunch box, a large plastic container with a lid, or even a canvas bag.
  2. Check the cabinets for washable, reusable containers. You probably have plenty of these!  Just make sure that you have containers with lids that match.
  3. Pack your lunch in reusable containers. Make a sandwich or wrap and put it into a reusable container. Place cut-up veggies, cookies, crackers, or fruit into other washable containers. Not only is this a waste-free lunch, but it will probably save money, too. Buying food in larger quantities is usually cheaper than buying the same amount of food in lots of single-serving containers. Plus there is less packaging waste.
  4. Fill a reusable bottle or thermos with water, juice, or milk.
  5. Include silverware and a cloth napkin.
  6. Enjoy your waste-free lunch. Just remember to wash your containers and you’ll be ready to start again the next day!

Check here for more “green” back to school ideas!

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