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Do you walk to school or carry your lunch?

May 24, 2010

Pictured here: Hummus and red/orange peppers, veggie sandwich on artisan bread, organic pear, and water.

Work, lunch, work. Repeat x 5.  Now try this: Work, lunch work.  Repeat times $10.  $50 a week x 4 weeks?  What can you do with $200?

One of our edot options under “eco-reuse” is using a lunch container that can be, well, re-used. The implication is that you’re going to make a lunch to take to work, so let’s talk about that.  Here’s a few reasons why people don’t:

1.  It takes too much time and planning.  Biggest myth ever. The reality is that lunch can be a simple or complex as you want it to be.  Think about the time it takes to go somewhere for lunch.  Making lunch at home is a matter of grabbing leftovers or making a sandwich.

2. I don’t have a fridge/microwave at work.  Pack simply.  In theory, lunch is somewhere between 4-6 hours after you leave the house, right?  Get an insultated lunch box/bag or thermos.  You’re good.

3. Booooring! Not so much.  By using a fraction of the money you would spending by fast/prepared food, you can buy some really nice additions to your lunch.  Fresh bread, your favorite organic produce, a dessert…hmmm.

4. I don’t want to use plastic/paper bags.  There are so many options out there now.  It’s actually socially cool to have a retro lunchbox.  The sandwich wrapper pictured above doubles as a placemat and washes in a snap.

5.  I don’t want to eat at my desk. Then don’t! Go to a park, a friend’s desk, etc.  Enjoy your break…and if you don’t have time for a break, at least you know you’ve got awesome food to get you through the day.

This is one of the easiest lifestyle changes to make. You can earn dots on the edot site, help the environment and your wallet at the same time.  What’s not to love?  Feel free to add your personal tips in the comment area below!

One Comment leave one →
  1. June 18, 2010 4:51 pm

    I can testify that your headline “do you walk to school or carry your lunch? every d…” says one thing about you, that’s great thinking in your head.

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