I have been aware of the excess packaging I and others waste on a daily basis every time we eat lunches, whether it be takeout or brown-bagging it. So, I have come up with ideas on how I can reduce the waste of materials and packaging.I try to avoid take-out food as the restaurants use some sort of container or paper and instead, I make my lunches. Making lunches has enabled me to be creative and thoughtful. I have swayed away from using plastic baggies and throwaway bottles, plastics and tetra-paks. The main key is to use an array of reusable containers which you do not throw away but reuse. Then pack them all in a cooler bag or cooler box packed with reusable ice packs. Here are some of my tips: • Pack sandwiches and salads in lightweight reusable plastic containers. Even the salad dressing can be stored in little reusable containers. • Store cold liquids such as juice or water in insulated wrapped bottles. • Keep a set of eating utensils in your desk drawer so that you can wash and reuse. • Invest in a fashionable cooler bag to hold all of your food and drinks, instead of a brown bag. • When having a picnic lunch, bring reusable plates, cups and utensils for serving. Following these tips have made me become very aware of how damaging it was to the environment when I used to throw out all of the disposable containers or plastic utensils every day at lunch. I hope that if others in the world can follow even just some of these tips, we would be able to have back our green Mother Earth again.
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