One thing that is true for all human beings is that we have to eat. And boy do I love to eat! Roasted veggies, yummy cheeseburgers, and juicy fruit. It’s good to be alive! Unfortunately, the beauty in eating a satisfying lunch can be tainted with waste production.
Many European countries produce between 760 kgs per person a year (1675.51 lbs) to 560 kgs (1234.59 lbs) with the US producing 760 kgs, Canada producing 640 kgs, and countries like Ireland producing 560 kgs. Fact check here. That’s a lot of waste! But there is hope! Simple changes can make a big impact and one simple change you can make is to use a sustainable lunch box.
Now, I know what you are thinking. “But I love to eat out! I can’t go without my daily Taco Bell lunch run.” Well, I love Taco Bell too. I mean their potato burrito…delicious! But all of those items are individually wrapped and eating at a fast food place, for this reason, can put a lot of waste into the world. How about just bringing your lunch one or two days a week. It’s a small change that over time will have made a huge positive impact on our earth. You don’t have to cut out all fast food just reducing your consumption will make a positive impact.
Here are some Lunch Boxes I’ve used and love!
- Hammered Metal Tiffin Lunch box from the World Market.
This lunch box is great and is used in some Asian cultures worldwide. Although, it can’t be microwaved because it is metal it actually retains heat so your food will stay hot and fresh all day. No reheat needed! Just put hot food in it in the morning and it will stay warm all day. This model has two compartments. I usually but rice in one compartment and veggies or meat in the bottom. Also, since it is metal and not plastic it’s better for your food and the earth. I’ve had mine for almost 2 years and it has not rusted at all! I plan on using this lunch box for years to come. This lunch box is great for those who prefer hot lunches and don’t have a microwave at their place of work. I bought my lunch box for $10 here.
2. The Standard Insulated Lunch Bag
While my husband and I use the metal tiffin lunch boxes often they can be kind of inconvenient for meal prepping. My husband has no desire to wake up early to cook or to microwave his food before he puts it in the metal lunch box. And he’s more
of a sandwich and fruit kind of guy. He prefers a light lunch and a heavy dinner. So we decided to buy him a standard insulated lunch bag. He uses it often and it’s really convenient for him because all he has to do is make his lunch the night before stick it in the fridge and put and ice pack in it in the morning and he’s good to go. This is a great option for those on the go and for those that prefer cold lunches or
have a microwave at their place of work. He paid about $10 bucks for his lunch box at Walmart and also paid about $3 for two ice packs. His is similar to the one found here.
3. Mason Jars
Mason Jars are a great addition to any kitchen. They can be used as food storage without the worry of chemical contamination from plastic. They also can be used to freeze and can food. I started using mason jars for lunch and breakfast when I saw a ton of cool recipes on Pinterest. You can make delicious morning oats, pack it full of salad, and even put left overs in it. Just remember to take off the metal lid when microwaving. You can also buy mason jar lids that store salad dressing so your leafy greens stay crisp and fresh! So cool, right?! You can buy packs of mason jars really cheap by the pack at Walmart, Target, Amazon and many more stores. I like using the larger ones because I can fit more salad in them, but I like using the smaller ones for oats and yogurt. The dressing lids are a little harder to find but you can purchase them on Amazon and other retailers. They usually sell for around $10 to $12 dollars.
4. Reusable Snack Bags
Snack bags are great if you are using an insulated bag or if you are bringing a work bag with you. You can just pack your snack bags the night before and throw them in your bag in the morning and you are good to go. Reusable snack bags are a great alternative to plastic baggies which add a ton of waste to the earth and take a ton of time to decompose. By using these bags you’re protecting the earth and yourself from the chemical exposures of plastic baggies and saving a ton of money. Those plastic baggies are expensive. These are also great for kids! They come in a variety of cool designs and can easily be washed in a standard load of laundry. There are a ton of sellers with varying prices. I bought mine for about $12 on Amazon and the pack came with three reusable bags in different sizes. I use the bags about 1 or 2 times before I wash them depending on what I but in them.
5. Bees Wax Storage
Bees Wax you say?! Yes, bees wax. You can actually store your food in bees wax. Vary similar the reusable snack bags bees wax storage sheets are a great alternative to plastic baggies. The bees wax come in sheets of different sizes and designs. They even have ones decorated that target kids. However, these are very expensive which is why I have yet to try them out. I’ve heard they are great for cheese. They are suppose to be easily washed and can be refolded to use many times. Now, using bees wax does reduce plastic waste. However, some would say bees wax storage sheets still do harm to the earth because of how they are cultivated. Bees are very delicate and the extinction of bees on the earth could kill the earth. So if you buys these take that into account and make sure they are being ethically resourced. This can be really hard to determine which is also why I have not tried them yet.
There are a ton of options when it comes to bringing your lunch to work. I’ve only listed 5 but there are so many things you can do to help heal the earth by producing less trash. We can enjoy good food while being good to the Earth. So pack that delicious lunch and eat with a clear contentious knowing your small change made a big impact.
Disclaimer: Information expressed in this article is solely the opinion of the writer. The writer is not held liable for any damage or health concerns resulting from information or endorsement from this article. If in doubt, always contact a health professional before using a new product. None of the stores above sponsored this article.