Zero Waste Back to School/Work Lunch Ideas

Most of us are now back at work... and back to school will be upon us before we know it!

Waste-free lunches will not only benefit your health and your wallet but will also benefit the environment as well by reducing packaging and food waste. It's also a great opportunity to discuss the concept of sustainability with your children.

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Here are some great ideas for a Waste-Free lunch thanks to Planet Ark's Waste-Free Lunch Challenge.

  • Sandwich in a snug-fitting reusable container
  • Snacks in a reusable container
  • Water, juice or other drinks in a reusable and resealable bottle, filled at home from a bulk container
  • Yoghurt in a small reusable container, filled at home from a bulk container
  • 'Trail mix' in a reusable container
  • Whole fruits without packaging or fruit pieces in reusable containers
  • Raw or salad vegetables such as carrot, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and celery, plus a small container of dip.
  • Muffin, fruit bread or biscuits in a reusable container
  • Cubes/slices of cheese in a reusable container
  • Also consider: Durable cutlery that is designed to be washed and reused plus a washable cloth napkin

What's the benefit?

Saying 'NO' to wasteful packaging, plastic bags and bottled water =

Estimated CO2 Saving: 13kg per month (150kg per year)

Reject or cut back on these bad-for-the-environment items: over-packaged products, non-recyclable packaging, plastic bags and bottled water when tap water is available.

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