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The Importance of Packing a Zero Waste Lunch

Posted on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

429223981 da78401afb z resized 600When you pack your lunch for work or school each day, you are probably more focused on the food inside of it instead of how it impacts our environment. After all, by the time lunch rolls around, your stomach is grumbling.

This is unfortunate, because if you don’t pay attention, lunchtime can generate a lot of trash that winds up in a landfill.

Here are some small changes to help your lunch become a zero waste one:

Plastic Bottles are a Problem

Plastic bottles are a big waste of natural resources, such as oil. Also a very high percentage of bottles wind up back in a landfill, even though recycling them is easy. If you want to have a zero waste lunch, one of the first steps you can take is to eliminate your water or soda bottle. Use a reusable drinking container instead of a plastic bottle, this is an easy step towards being eco-friendly at lunchtime. Plus, you have more flexibility with what you choose to drink than the same old bottled water and soda that is offered in the company break room.

Don’t Bag It!

Plastic sandwich bags, and chip bags are handy, but create a lot of unneeded waste. You can accomplish the same task of protecting your food by using reusable containers. A plastic or glass container can be quickly washed each day and prevents trash from being put in a landfill. You can also save money by buying one reusable container and not spending money on buying plastic bags every month.

Lunchboxes Aren’t Just for Kids

Using a reusable lunchbox or bag can save a lot of paper! If you pack your lunch five days a week, that adds up to around 250 paper bags you’re using each year. Multiply this by 100 people in your office and you could save 25,000 paper bags in a year. These small changes add up to a big difference for our environment. Plus, like most green initiatives, you will save money over time too.

Reducing your waste usage is very important, even at lunchtime. Keep in mind these reasons why working towards a zero waste lunch is so important, then you can make a difference too!

  • Plastic bottles are a burden to the landfills.
  • Plastic lunch packaging is easy to replace with reusable products.
  • Lunchboxes are a good alternative to paper lunch bags.
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