There are many reasons why litterless lunches are a good thing. In addition to being much more environmentally-friendly, a proper litterless lunch plan is healthier as it cuts out pre-packaged foods which often contain higher levels of salt, sugar and saturated fat. Litterless lunches will save you money in the long run and will also teach you to be conscious about the waste you create and the food you put into your body.
Here are some tips and tools which will help you build your litterless lunch. Even a few small changes will help you reduce waste and get you closer to a healthier lifestyle.
Buy larger quantities of yogurt/applesauce and dispense them into smaller, eco-friendly individual containers. Include a reusable spoon.
Buy large bags of snacks such as pretzels or Goldfish rather than individual bags and package them into small containers or the snack-size BeeBAGZ.
A great way to avoid packaging all together is to make your own. Try this amazing recipe for homemade granola bars: New Mama Glow Bars
Choose a lunch pack that is roomy enough to store all of your containers and BAGZ. You may want it to fit an ice pack as well. If shopping for a little one, make sure they can easily open, close and carry it too.
The Beebagz Lunch Pack is a great set for packing lunches-one sandwich sized bag and two smaller snack sizes make the perfect trio. A good reusable water bottle is a great investment. Choose something that is big enough to supply you with enough water for the whole day and is comfortable to drink from. Another approach is to have a bigger insulated water bottle which kept your water cool-you can fill up a glass or smaller water bottle throughout the day.
Beebagz Lunch Pack
A good reusable water bottle is a great investment. Choose something that is big enough to supply you with enough water for the whole day and is comfortable to drink from. Another approach is to have a bigger insulated water bottle which keeps your water cool-you can fill up a glass or smaller water bottle throughout the day to sip from.
Utensils are another important item to consider. A good reusable set is also much nicer to use than those flimsy plastic disposable ones. You can also head to your local thrift shop and pick up some mismatched stainless steel cutlery-that way if it doesn't find it's way home it's ok! If you like straws, consider purchasing a reusable stainless steel one from your local eco-home store. You can also purchase a handy mini-brush so you can keep it clean and reuse it for years to come.
Once you get in the groove you'll forget all about the packaged food you used to rely on-a change that is healthier for you and the planet.
Kristi and the Hive