Lunch break: how to reduce packed lunch waste

For those who find themselves spending most of their days away from home for study or work, lunch becomes a very important break . The choice that seems more convenient and faster is to stop at the bar for a snack. Unfortunately, this harms the wallet, especially for those who work or study in a big city, and often do not allow to follow a sufficiently varied diet. The best choice to save money and with an eye to the environment, is to bring home prepared lunch . In this regard we want to give you some tips to make it greener and free of waste of any kind.

The simplest option is to prepare an extra portion of the evening meal so that you can eat it the next day. This facilitates you especially if you are really short on time and are unable to prepare a different meal for the next day. If you have the possibility to heat your lunch in the microwave , be careful to place it in a container suitable for the purpose , which therefore does not contain metal parts and which is made of non-toxic material , even better if it is glass .

If you want your packed lunch to be truly ecological, be careful to produce as little waste as possible both in terms of preparation and during transport and consumption . First of all, choose non-disposable containers that can be reused for a long time. It would be good to limit the number of bags used or in any case always choose them biodegradable or replace them with cloth bags . If possible, limit the use of disposable cutlery, glasses and napkins . Replace the paper napkins with washable cloth napkins . Also try to always follow the separate collection, both at home and in the office. And if it is not particularly respected in your office, be a good example .

For the foods to choose, follow your tastes, without forgetting to add fruit and vegetables to your lunch and trying to follow choices based on conscious consumption . Therefore, if you can, prefer fruit and vegetables at 0 km or with minimal packaging . Pay attention to the origin of any food you decide to buy. A food of Italian or regional production will have traveled less kilometers to get to your plate, with consequent lower carbon dioxide emissions than a product from abroad.

As for drinks , a good idea is to replace the classic bottle of water with a small aluminum bottle , light and convenient to carry, which you can reuse indefinitely, thus reducing the volume of waste produced. Choose tap water or, if you prefer sweet drinks, opt for an excellent DIY cold tea . Always in order to reduce waste, avoid using transparent film , instead using containers with a lid , obviously not disposable. For the same purpose, decrease the amount of snacks and snacks individually wrapped, replacing them for example with dried fruit placed in a small container, to be consumed during your breaks.

If at some point then you realize that your lunch is becoming repetitive and boring, you can take inspiration from the Japanese, who in their bento boxes (hermetic stackable containers) have fun preparing always different, cheerful and colorful lunches, making small masterpieces artistic with each food , with particular attention to the creative reuse of leftovers .

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