I just started my first real, post-graduate job last week (YAY!). The downside, it is about an hour away from my house in an area with nothing but fast food- not exactly what I want to be eating. The upside, I am a vegetarian and also LOVE to cook, so I am going to be bringing my lunch to work every day. To do so, I invested in the ultimate Zero Waste and Plastic Free Lunch kit. AKA a super cool lunch box for adults.
- One airtight stainless steel lunch container
- I got mine from Life Without Plastic. It is great. Totally spill proof, easy to clean, and it has optional dividers so that I can keep my food separate.
- One reusable fork like this one from Life Without Plastic
- I also got this from Life Without Plastic. Besides the fact that it is insanely adorable and foldable, it comes in an organic cotton carrying case. I am still deciding whether I should keep it in my bag at all times, or just leave it at work. You could also pick up a fork from the Goodwill or Salvation Army to leave at the office.
- One reusable napkin
- I use Organic cotton napkins at my house, and I bring one to the office and leave it there for the week and then bring it home to wash it on Friday. So easy. LWP offers a couple options including a book of washable napkins which seem pretty cool although I haven’t tried them.
- A couple Organic cotton bags for snacks or sandwiches
- (you can also use them for bulk at the market). I use these to buy rice and pasta at the market, but I also use them to carry granola, nuts, popcorn or even a sandwich to work. They are super lightweight and washable.
- One mason jar, glass, or stainless steel canteen
- I leave a stainless steel water bottle at work and just wash it in the sink. I also leave a mason jar for hot liquids like coffee. You could also bring a glass from home or purchase one at your local thrift shop for under a dollar. P.S. if you drink iced coffee or tea, you might want to invest in a stainless steel straw. I LOVE mine.