Pack It Up
30 Sun, 2011 § 1 Comment
A few years ago, Dave heard how many times we could circle the earth with the amount of plastic to-go utensils thrown away in the U.S. alone; so he immediately gifted us each with a set of To-Go Ware.
Made from durable, sustainable & naturally antibacterial bamboo, we loved these utensils right away. They hold up & are lightweight, which comes in handy for biking. Our set included a fork, knife, spoon & chop sticks wrapped up in some type of sustainable woven cloth; now the holders are made completely of recycled plastic. Unfortunately I think I threw my fork away! :( Dave let me borrow his, but I need to get a replacement.
Over the years, the rest of our lunch-packing components have followed suit, becoming less wasteful. Usually we pack our food in our smaller, glass containers. These can get heavy though, so I found cute, little stack-able tins — or tiffins — at World Market. They are perfect! A bit small though for someone who eats every couple hours, so I still need a mini glass container some days.
Another thing I have started stuffing in my lunch I grabbed when I bought microfiber cloths for the kitchen: a bright, coral microfiber cloth. A set of two small [about the size of a regular wash cloth] cloths were only $1 & are the perfect substitute for using napkins or paper towels to clean up. I should probably pick up another set to swap out between washes.
We also need to get more of these great little zip-up sandwich & snack bags from LoveForEarth. She was nice enough to send me a complimentary one when I referred my mom to her for produce bags. [More to come on this later.] A large sandwich fits snugly, & it is ideal for holding energy bites of nuts, dried fruit, crisps, etc. throughout the day or while hiking or bouldering.
My last trick before leaving the house is to throw a tea bag into my thermos cup. I fill it with hot water at work & enjoy it as I start my day. I think it is really important to have a cute or nice coffee/tea mug or thermos; this way you will want to actually use it rather than throw-away paper cups. Mine isn’t super cute, but it is special; it’s Dave’s from Yellowstone. I have seen these really cute “non paper” cups all over the place…they might be a bit heavy for biking though.
Tonight I prepped snacks & lunches, & it seems we are definitely set for the week. I will share these with you tomorrow & hopefully get more ideas from you.
Do you pack your lunches? How do you pack?