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Pack A Zero Waste Lunch

Updated on February 9, 2015

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Humans are the only species that create permanent waste - personal, industrial, hazardous etc. Many organizations and individuals now strive to live in a more sustainable manner and alliances such as the zero waste have been formed which strive to create a closed-loop industrial/societal system in which waste is returned through recycling or redesigning, to the environment or other human industry. Zero Waste promotes not only reuse and recycling, but also, and more importantly, promotes prevention - designs that consider the entire product life cycle.

Creating a zero waste society starts at home. Something simple you can to as you work towards a zero waste lifestyle and philosophy is work to pack a zero waste lunch. It saves time, it saves money and it helps environmental sustainability.

Reusable Sandwich Containers, Lunch Boxes and Bags

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Packing a lunch day after day for my son to take to preschool, I was using an endless supply of plastic bags and aluminum foil to wrap his sandwiches, vegies and snacks in. While I did recycle the aluminum foil and wash and reuse the plastic bags as many times as I could, I was still using resources inefficiently and eventually creating waste. I figured there was a better way and after investigating I found some incredible reusable bags which are just the right size for a sandwich or a few small snacks. These bags are easy to clean, long lasting and durable. Now that I am using these, I no longer spend as much money on plastic bags and I am not sending more nondegradable plastic into the environment.

Find Reusable Zero Waste Lunch Boxes Here - Styles for adults and children

The United States makes up about 5% of the world's population and is also the world's largest trash producing country at 1,609 pounds of trash per person per year.

Why You Should Consider Zero Waste - Great Pacific Garbage Patch - Plastic Waste Ends Up In The Ocean

The Great pacific Garbage Patch is a huge floating mass of garbage.It floats within the North Pacific sub-tropical gyre, in a slow circular current It's twice the size of the United States and It's made mostly of plastic. (90% of ocean garbage is plastic)

The plastic doesn't break down chemically, it only breaks into smaller pieces and eventually, the pieces become small enough to move into the food chain. 70% of the garbage in the ocean is on the sea floor. This means that the garbage patch is only a fraction of the garbage problem.

Most of the garbage that ends up in the ocean comes from land. It's simple, really: trash travels over land, into the streams, and out to the ocean. Our garbage - yours and mine - is ending up in the ocean.  

Stacking Food Storage Containers

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Stacking food storage containers are perfect for sorting and serving dry and bulk foods like pretzles,crackers and nuts. Some varieties are clear, plastic or glass (prefered, longer lasting and no leaching of chemicals) such that you can easily see whats inside. Other varieties are metal with clever snap tops. Lightweight and dishwasher safe, self stacking one inside the other for easy storage when not in use, you can use them over and over again. No need to throw away more plastic bags.

For those of us who ask, "what can I do?" - the answer lies in focusing on the individual actions that constitute our lifestyle, while utilizing the strength, synergism, and support that results from our collective actions

Say No To Plastic Utensils

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Heavy weight, plant starch based cutlery is an excellent choice for your zero waste lunch. By replacing the plastic with something fully biodegradable and even compostable, you contribute to healthy ecosystems. Plant based compostable cultery works well even for hot foods and liquids with a heat tolerance up to 200 degrees F.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

— Mahatma Gandhi

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    • Randall Guinn profile image

      Randall Guinn 2 years ago from Pinellas Park, Florida

      I didn't know about that huge garbage patch. There is so much of it that it seems like it would be profitable to recycle it. We have always recycled, and used the tupperware sandwich shape holders. I just feel sick after seeing that big pile of trash. I hope that this article gets read by more people.

      Good job,

      Randall

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      JFB91 6 years ago

      Great advice and useful information. Thank you!

    • BuckHawkcenter profile image

      BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

      Wow, over a thousand pounds of garbage per year! I need to do more to reduce that footprint of mine. Reusable containers for everything from now on. Thanks for sharing this.

    • nightbear lm profile image

      nightbear lm 7 years ago

      Oh it is very discouraging to watch our world being destroyed. Very important message here.