Lunch Time! Save Money, Calories, and the Planet with our Green Tips
Like so many of us, you’re busy. Between work, friends, family, exercise, errands, and all of the other things you have to accomplish throughout your day, finding time to pack a lunch that’s healthy, nutritious, and waste-free may seem like an impossible task. However, it’s a lot simpler than you may think. Small changes not only make a big difference on the amount of waste you throw out, but also on your waistline. Another bonus? Foregoing packaged-goods and restaurant meals will also lead to big savings in the long run.
Here are some HSR tips on packing a greener lunch for you and your family:
1. Buy a reusable lunch bag.
Brown paper bags are a huge waste of money and paper. A reusable bag is not only more durable, but also easier to use because it often allows for more room to tote your favorite eats.
2. Drink from a reusable thermos, water bottle, or leak-proof cup.
Java is a necessary part of anyone’s morning, but how many disposable cups do you think you’ve blown through each week with your routine latte? A simple step is to purchase a portable coffee mug. Some places even offer discounts if you bring your own cup.
3. Get the kids involved.
Make Sundays the day you prep for the week ahead. Bake healthy granola bars, muffins, and other portable snacks with the kids. When they’re a part of the process, they’ll be more likely to opt for homemade snacks instead of unhealthy option from the vending machine. Try this recipe for Peanut Butter Granola Cookies.
4. Opt out of plastic wrap.
Use Tupperware and other resealable containers to pack sandwiches, cookies, fruit, or any other food items that need to be sealed.
5. Pack the real thing.
Let’s face it, even if the product claims that they’re “made with real fruit juice”, it often just translates to sugar and other processed ingredients. Gummy fruit snacks are expensive and emit wasteful packaging. Bring bananas, apples, oranges, and grapefruit, which are not only packed with vitamins and nutrients, but also bring their own carrying case. The best part of all is that you can compost the peels, skin, and apple cores afterwards.
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