Packing your lunch can be much healthier than eating in a restaurant or the cafeteria, and chances are it will save you money, too. The trick to bringing your lunch to work or school is making sure you’re not packing up a bag full of waste along with that sandwich!
A packed lunch can be incredibly wasteful. Between single use plastic baggies, disposable cutlery, and paper napkins, we toss tons of lunch-related waste every year. Heck, even the bag you bring your food in is wasteful if you toss it in the trash when you’re done. Switching to reusables is a bit pricier up front, but the beauty of reusables is that you’re not buying them over and over. After a month or two of packing your lunch in reusable containers, you’ll hit that break even point, since you won’t have to keep buying disposable containers, utensils, and napkins anymore.
A lunch bag doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Any flat-bottomed tote bag will do the trick. I definitely recommend opting for a bag with a flat bottom, because there’s nothing more frustrating than having your containers flip over in your bag. That flat bottom will help things stay put. You have a few options here:
- Reuseable grocery bag. If you’re like me, you probably have a big stash of reusable grocery bags in your pantry. Just designate a smallish one as a lunch bag.
- Buy a lunch bag. If you don’t mind spending the cash, there are lots of lunch bags out there. You can get something that’s water resistant or insulated, or just something pretty that makes your lunch feel extra special.
- Flatten the bottom of a tote. Got a spare tote bag laying around? If you have beginner sewing skills, you can flatten the bottom! Here’s a simple tutorial on how to box the corners of a tote bag.
Now that your bag’s sorted, let’s fill it up with reusables!
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