16 Nov, 2008
Packing a Green Lunchbox
Posted by: Meg In: Lunchbox Ideas
- Buy a waste-free lunch box There are several to choose from, including Laptop Lunches, To-Go Ware, Mr. Bento Stainless Lunch Jar, and Aladdin, among others. For a list of a few online places to buy a waste-free lunchbox, see our Lunch Box Resources page
- Buy local or regional produce Make a habit of buying from local farmers markets. In the winter when fresh local produce may be scarce, make soups using dried beans, lentils and winter squash.
- Grow a garden Great family time and fun learning tool for kids. Plus, homegrown food just tastes better!
- Eat low on the food chain Focus on grains, legumes, nuts, and vegetables while keeping meat and dairy to a minimum
- Buy bulk and support your local food coop if you have one
- Avoid single serving milk or juice boxes Instead, buy a Sigg or stainless Steel Thermos, and pour juice or milk from a bulk container you keep in the fridge
- When you cook, make enough for leftovers. Leftovers in the lunchbox saves time in the morning, and saves energy by not having to prep/cook another meal for lunch. For easy meals that convert well into lunch box favorites, see 5 Easy Dinner to Lunch Box Menus
Do you have more easy tips to keep lunch packing environmentally friendly?