For many, the arrival of springtime represents a fresh start. From gardening to cleaning the house, spring is the time for new beginnings. This time of year reminds us of how beautiful the Earth is, so what if we contributed to mother nature by giving our lunchboxes a makeover? Here are some fun and simple changes you can make to your lunchbox to make it more environmentally friendly!
1. Toss The Brown Bag. The first step in any successful lunchbox makeover is to start with the lunchbox itself. If you’re filling up a brown bag with your lunch day after day, think about how much paper you’re using. Now is a perfect time to find a lunchbox you can use over and over again. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, just practical and reusable! There are tons of options out there, so find one that works best for you. Not only will this switch save some trees, it will also keep your food at a more preferred temperature (you can use ice packs, hot packs, or thermoses in your insulated lunchbox!).
2. Ban The Box… Juice box that is. In addition to being more expensive and having non-recyclable packaging, juice boxes are often filled with only minimal fruit juice and lots of sugars! Instead, fill a reusable bottle with water or other healthy beverage. The options for spill proof bottles are almost as limitless as the drinks you can put in them!
3. Be a DIY Guru. It’s fun to pack “bento style” lunches. Bento boxes are lunchboxes that are divided into little individual sections that fit a variety of foods in them, kind of like a sampler! If you’ve ever had a Lunchable, then you’ve had a bento style lunch… but those use a lot of plastic. Instead, try the DIY version. Using small, reusable baggies or tupperware, create your own bento box using things like whole grain crackers, hard boiled eggs, nuts, berries, and fresh cut veggies!
4. Rethink Your Container. Limit your exposure to the chemicals in plastic bags (and the waste they create) by packing your lunch items in bento box containers or re-sealable silicone zipper bags instead of plastic baggies.
5. What’s On The Inside Matters! Finally, don’t neglect to makeover what’s going inside your new and improved lunchbox. As you complete your lunch makeover, it’s a perfect time to evaluate what kinds of foods you’re packing. Look to see if you can reduce sugary foods and refined carbs and add in more fresh fruits and veggies wherever possible!