Packing your lunch for school or work is not only a great way to save money, but it can also help you reduce your waste. Whether you’re considering bringing your own lunch to work or planning to ship the kids off to school with lunches this school year, here are five ways to pack your very own zero waste lunch.
1. Ditch the disposal sandwich baggies
Every day 20 million plastic sandwich and snack baggies end up in U.S. landfills, according to 3GreenMoms, a Maryland-based company that makes reusable sandwich and snack bags.
If you want to pack a zero waste lunch but just can’t give up the baggie for your sandwiches, carrots and crackers, consider switching to LunchSkins, their alternative to the disposal plastic bags that clutter our landfills.
Available in a variety of colorful designs, LunchSkins are lined with food-safe polyurethane that is free of lead, BPA and phthalates and meets the European Union’s requirements for food contact. The dishwasher-safe bags come in three sizes to fit your smallest snack or your giant hoagie sandwich.
LunchSkins aren’t the only substitute for disposal baggies on the market: WasteNot Saks is another company offering reusable sandwich and snacks bags in fun patterns.