What is a litter-less lunch?
It doesn’t have to be “all or nothing”. We can adjust a couple of things at a time. If for the most part, we thoughtfully pack our on-the-meals, we’ll be one step closer to reducing our impact on this earth.
Why is this important?
Many of us
Recycling is important but we need to take it another step further and reduce the number of items that need to be broken down in the first place. What we are really doing is passing convenience on. That package has to be rinsed and put into the recycling bin where it waits the trip to the recycling
Who needs to do this?
We can not just leave it to the big groups and the big corporations and government to take care of things and tell us what to do. Both business and government need to know that the decisions they make will be supported.
It doesn’t have to be all at once. I have a feeling that the notion of having to make a big change is enough to turn people away. We are more likely to keep on a path if it is done smoothly and consistently.
What is important is that willingness to seek out alternatives to alleviate the stress on our environment. Tiny as it may seem it does add up.
When & how do I start?
It begins small. If we just tweak the way we pack our lunches and do it consistently as we can that in itself can reduce what ends up in the landfill or had to be recycled. It doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. I have a feeling that many don’t because they think it means more expense. It means reusable lunch bags, water bottles and containers. There can be a price tag if you are able – there are costly stainless steel containers, as well as glass. These are durable and last for many
- Stop using plastic baggies. Use washable containers. There is a huge array of small food grade containers out there. You may already own some but mainly use them for leftovers in the fridge. Make the decision what type based on the things I mentioned earlier. A good thermos is vital. We have a couple of one for hot meals. But it doesn’t actually have to be strictly used for hot. I also send younger portions in a smaller container instead of buying single yogurt cup serving. I send in z metal spoon. If she somehow ends up with a plastic one because maybe I forgot it’s not a big deal.
- When shopping buy bulk unpacked and dole them out in a washable take home container. If you really are going for zero waste or waste less buy from bulk food bins where you can.
- Machine washable
- Have kids help pack. Kids often like sorting and using small containers.
- Bento style lunch boxes. People, especially kids, love sorting and having compartments for items. It makes it fun to pack, fun to look at and fun to eat. Cleaning up is easy too because it is all in one system.
- There are h
ealthbenefits too! Eating better snacks plus often it is more cost effective to buy bulk or a larger quantity. The trick is though, not to but too much of a product and end up wasting. That would not be good.
I’d like to collect ideas and add them to a list of ways we can take things on the go. Being a little bit inventive can carry us a long way on this journey of minimizing our impact on this planet. Feel free to share!