It’s no secret, bringing your own lunch to work in reusable containers means less waste goes into the landfill and more money stays in your pocket. In previous posts I have touched on how we can all do our part to be green by bringing lunch to work. Today I want to talk about some of the items that might make it easier to start doing this.
I love this lunch box and bag by Go Green Lunch Box. Each Go Green Lunch Box set comes with an insulated fabric carrier, a five-compartment food container, and a bottle that will hold over nine ounce of your favorite beverage all leach – and lead-free. It also has turn ‘n lock technology to ensure your lunch stays fresh. The bags come in some great patterns and you can also buy extra food containers.
This Aladdin eCycle Lunch Set found at reuseit.comincludes four bento-style containers, including two small containers for raisins, nuts, dips and other small items. The medium container is great for side dishes and cut fruit. Use the large container for sandwiches, salads, pasta and more. You can easily stack them all up in the recycled lunch tote, also included for a waste-free lunch kit. This would be an easy kit to take into work and it is quite stylish too!
I must admit the LunchSkins Reusable Sandwich Bags also found at reuseit.comare my favorite find! LunchSkins Reusable Sandwich Bags are a colorful, high-quality alternative to plastic baggies. Made from the same food-safe materials used in high-end bakeries and patisseries, not only will they store your food, they’ll keep in moisture and save thousands of plastic baggies at the same time. Lunchskins are available in a variety of fun patterns and colors and come in snack sizes as well.
Once you have the right containers, it will take some advanced planning and organizing to bring healthy, appetizing lunches to work. Here are a few ideas that may help:
Plan the night before. No one wants to make their lunch when they are heading out the door for work. Plan what you are going to take the night before so you don’t change your mind in the morning because you are too tired, got up late, etc.
Take leftovers from dinner. This is probably the easiest and most cost effective way to take your lunch to work. Nothing can be easier than scooping up your leftovers into Tupperware and taking them to work. It is already made for you in the morning and easy to heat up.
Use variety. Whatever you do, don’t take the same thing every day. You will eventually get sick of it and give up.
Find a safe place to store it. If you are not lucky enough to have a small refrigerator in your cubicle or private office, store your lunch in the area of your office with the least amount of traffic. It is sad, but people have been know to take each others food.