Americans really do have it made when it comes to eating out. Whether it’s grabbing a burger at Wendy’s or sitting down to enjoy seafood and pasta at Red Lobster, people will always have a place to spend money during their lunch break.
But did you ever think about how much waste the burger wrappers, napkins and excess food create? Or about the greenhouse gas emissions that are produced when you drive to a restaurant? You should because all of these factors have a negative impact on the environment. That’s why it’s important to learn how to green your lunch. Greening your lunch will not only reduce your carbon footprint, it will also save you some cash.
Pack It Up
The #1 best way that you can green your lunch is to pack it. Instead of using plastic or paper bags, you should choose a reusable lunch box. Why? According to the EPA, children who bring a bag lunch to school every day create about 67 pounds of waste by the end of the year! If you can imagine how many children are in school and how many people work every day, that’s millions of pounds of brown bag waste.
Keep it Contained
Instead of buying plastic sandwich bags, saran wrap or aluminum foil, try reusable plastic containers for your food. You can go with regular plastic, but if you want to be extra eco friendly you can buy recycled plastic containers.
You won’t have to worry about buying a drink if you bring your own in a reusable container. You can choose between a recycled to-go cup or a traditional water bottle. Whatever you choose, you can always fill up with water when you run out of your beverage.
Some cool containers to choose from are: SIGG Water Bottles, BFA Free Water Bottle, Haoyu Stainless Steel Water Bottle, Ecousable Stainless Steel Water Bottle, and many more in our Stainless Steel Water Bottles & Mugs section.
Do Away with Traditional Utensils
We’re not telling you to be super green and to eat your salad with your hands, but you also don’t need to use traditional steel or plastic utensils. Try recycled or all-natural forks, spoons and knives that you can wash and reuse.
For every 100 pounds of trash we throw away, close to 35 pounds of it is paper. Paper napkins add to this paper waste, so instead of bringing your own or grabbing a handful at work try a reusable cloth napkin. They’re very convenient to have around and are super easy to wash.
One of the healthiest ways to green your lunch is to bring organic or locally-grown food. You can check out our Organic Food & Drink category for any ideas.
If you happen to forget your packed lunch and you absolutely have to go out to eat, then try carpooling with others to a nearby restaurant. It would be greener if you could walk to get your food, but if you carpool you’re at least reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
See, it doesn’t take much to green your lunch. You can have a tasty, eco friendly meal every day without even opening your wallet.