How to Pack a Waste-Free Lunch

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A waste-free lunch means that you have no packaging to throw away when you’re   done – nothing other than apple cores, banana and orange peels, peach or cherry pits. I love being the one with the yummiest home-made lunch, usually last nights curry and Nan, a hearty soup or platter of vegetables and hummus. The best way to reduce garbage is to not create it.  Globalstewards.org

                  Simple Ways to Pack a Waste-Free Lunch

YES
NO
REUSABLE carrier
cloth  bag or backpack, depending on how much you eat.
NO throw-away bags especially plastic!!
REUSABLE   containers
purpose built lunch boxes or used food containers are a treat
NO plastic wrap, foil or styrofoam
THERMOS for drinks
make your own tea/coffee, pack a juice or water. Easy on the pocket.
NO single-use cartons or cans
CLOTH NAPKIN
to wash and re-use
NO paper napkins
SILVERWARE to wash and  re-use
NO plastic forks and spoons

                  Lunch Waste Facts

ALUMINUM FOIL
More than 20 million   Hershey’s kisses are wrapped with 133 square miles of foil every  day
ALUMINUM AND TIN   CANS
In the time it takes you to   read this sentence, more than 50,000 12-oz. aluminum cans were  made
BANANA AND ORANGE   PEELS
Food debris in a landfill   decompose only 25% in the first 15 years (try composting)
JUICE BOXES
Most inorganic trash   retains its weight, volume, and form for at least four decades
PAPER BAGS AND   NAPKINS
It is estimated that 17   trees are cut down for every ton of non-recycled paper
PLASTIC BOTTLES, FORKS,   WRAP
U.S. citizens discard 2-1/2   million plastic bottles EVERY HOUR
STYROFOAM
U.S. citizens throw away 25   billion styrofoam cups EVERY YEAR

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