How to Pack an Eco-Friendly and Frugal Lunch
People who want to save money know taking lunch from home works better than buying at a restaurant every day, but brown-bagging it is also eco-friendly. That is, as long as you skip the brown paper bag and the usual collection of plastic wrap and disposable cutlery.
Reusable Food Containers
In the three R’s of environmental friendliness (reduce, reuse, recycle), reuse helps you live a greener lifestyle in every way. Reusable food containers save literally tons of waste every year when you bring your lunch to work with you.
Although multi-use plastic works, go for more eco-friendly materials. Silicone food bags, bamboo utensils, and fabric bags are great. All you have to do is take them home at the end of the day and wash them with some biodegradable, natural ingredient dish soap.
Choose Food Wisely
Going green at lunch doesn’t mean you only get to eat salads. However, shop wisely for foods that use responsible growing methods, fewer chemicals, and are from sustainable sources. Prepare your meals with smaller appliances to save energy. Bring leftovers from dinner the night before or practice food planning and prep to avoid food waste.
Saving Money While Saving the Earth
Frugal and eco-friendly living go hand in hand. Waste of all types affects the Earth’s environment horribly. When you invest in reusable lunch bags, bottles, utensils, and more, you will not have to replace them any time soon. This saves you money in the long run and helps save our planet.
Besides the initial expense of some highly affordable food containers and utensils, bringing your lunch in reusable style costs less overall. Combine that with the lack of food waste you get from avoiding over-sized portions at restaurants, and you have the perfect recipe for frugal and eco-friendly meals every day.
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