Plastic is one of the biggest environmental issues of our time. According to US scientists, 8.3 million tons of plastic waste has been produced to date, with 79% of it ending up in landfill or the environment. Lunch time is one of the most wasteful times of the day, with the majority of the food we eat coming pre-packaged. But a good deal of the waste can actually be avoided with a few simple changes to your food, and to the ways in which you prepare it. These changes are not only better for the environment, but they’re also healthier for you.
Firstly, abandon pre-packed lunch items. Bags of crisps, wrapped chocolate bars, drinks bottles and cartons, individual yoghurt pots: all of these produce plastic waste. You can replace your crisps and chocolate bars with portions of fruit and homemade snacks carried in reusable containers. Single use drinks bottles and cartons can be replaced by refillable ones.
If you like to take sandwiches for your lunch, rather that wrapping them in plastic bags, you can instead carry them in a fabric sandwich pouch. If you have a fondness for yoghurt, then instead of individual pots, you could invest in a yoghurt maker and carry your dessert in a glass jar with a good seal.
A waste-free lunch takes more planning and preparation than the wasteful lunches you might be used to, but both the environment and your body will benefit from the change.
For more information on how to pack a waste-free lunch, watch this useful video by Yasaman23.