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Simple Tips for Packing a Waste-Free Lunch

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reusable utensils

Reusable Utensils

The great thing about reusable utensils is that there’s no need to go buy anything special. Just grab the fork or spoon from your utensil draw, toss them in the bag, and you’re ready to rock! If you want to have special utensils just for lunch, try one of these options:

  • A bamboo flatware set. This set even comes with its own wrap, to secure dirty utensils for the rest of the day.
  • Reusable wooden utensils. These are light and sturdy, and they won’t be noisy in your bag like metal utensils would.

Reusable Containers

You don’t need a fancy lunchbox to bring your lunch! If that’s your speed, go for it, but if you’re on a budget, here are some reusable options to keep your food from leaking.

  • Glass Lock. These affordable, food-safe containers are made from glass with a plastic lid that locks in place to prevent leaks.
  • Lunchbots. If you’re packing for a kiddo, glass is probably not the best option. Lunchbots are stainless steel, so they’re light and won’t break if they get dropped.

You don’t necessarily need to buy anything, though. Got some food containers handy? Just use those to start packing a waste-free lunch today without shelling out any extra dough.

That lunch bag is almost all packed! The only thing that’s missing is a napkin. You can buy cloth napkins or make your own. Check out tips for both on the next page!

Next>> Cloth napkins – buy a set or make your own!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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11:44AM PDT on Aug 19, 2015

Thank you Becky.

11:36AM PDT on Jun 22, 2015

Thanks Becky.

6:05AM PST on Feb 12, 2014

thank you

9:29AM PDT on May 19, 2013

Good ideas,thanks for sharing

5:04PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012


4:08AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

When my son was young, he saw me and his dad take our lunch every day, so he wanted to take his too. Every once in a while he would eat at school when they had pizza. He had his own lunchbox, and utensils and a kitchen towel I cut up to make napkins.

10:10PM PST on Feb 9, 2012


1:29AM PST on Feb 2, 2012

I actually have a couple of cloth wraps that are Japanese that are made FOR wrapping your lunch. It's nice, because they're washable, and double as a napkin. I don't usually bring those though.

I do use the plain lunch sacks, and plastic wear, but, I bring the plastic wear home, wash, and reuse. This way, if a lunch burglar ate my lunch, I'm not missing my own silverware from home. I'll just use another reusable plastic set for next time.

5:23AM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Great ideas!

10:53PM PST on Jan 31, 2012

good ideas, thank you.

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