Packing a Waste-Free Lunch
Try packing a healthy, earth friendly lunch for work or school. Not only is it good for the environment, it will save you money too.
How to Pack a Waste-Free Lunch:
- Pack lunches in a reusable cooler or bag
- Pack bulk food in reusable containers instead of purchasing pre-packaged foods
- Use a reusable stainless steel water bottle instead of disposable juice boxes, juice pouches, cans and plastic bottles
- Pack reusable utensils and cloth napkins
Quick & Easy Tips:
- Keep a list of all the main and side dishes you enjoy. Circle a week of lunch menus and shop on the weekend to ensure needed foods are in the house.
- Make extra portions for dinner and pack them for lunch.
- Pack lunches in the evening and store in the refrigerator overnight.
- What's In Season? Get the most of your money and taste buds. Use
Fruit & Veggie guides to buy in season.
Saving Green by Going Green:
|Eco Friendly Lunch
||Cost (one time)
||Cost (per year)
|Reusable stainless steel water bottle
||$10 � $20 plus the cost of juice
||Juice box or bottled water
||$62 - $312
||$5 - $15
||Paper lunch sack
|Microwavable container for dinner leftovers
||$3 - $5 plus the extra dinner portion
||Frozen lunch or eating out
||$750 - $2,000
||$1 - $3
||Plastic sandwich bags
||$20 - $25
|� cup sized containers
||$10 - $15
||Plastic snack bags
||$15 - $20
||$10 for four
||$15 set for four
||Plastic spoon and fork
|Total One Time Investment
||$54 - $83
||Total Annual Cost
||$895 - $2,405