You might have read this in the ‘about me‘ section: I’m a student. And as a student, I usually go to school five days of the week. That’s a huge chunk of my time and so I have to eat at school too, just like any other student. We have a fairly okay kanteen at our school and a supermarket nearby, but most of that food is packaged (in plastic). That’s why I’ve been bringing my own lunch box to school since the first day I went there (my mom taught me this zero waste habit), along with my reusable water bottle. Old-fashion? Maybe. But it is zero waste!
A Lunch Box
A lunch box is super useful in three ways. One: I take all my food from home and so I don’t produce any waste (I usually take salads, sandwiches, nuts and lots of fruits with me). At this moment I live with my parents, so they buy most of the groceries and I have no say. But even when they buy all the food packaged it’s still a win, because when they buy a bread in a plastic bag, that relatively still less packaging than when I’d buy a single sandwich packaged every day. Anyway, when I move out this problem will be solved. Two: I save money. Because well, buying food in the kanteen every single day is expensive. I’d rather spend my money elsewhere. Three: if I bring my own food it’s easier to make healthier food choices. I have food with me and so I am not tempted for the fatty things they sell in the kanteen. Tip: meal-prep like a queen! If you are excited for your lunch, life is just better. A simple sandwich with peanut-butter every single day gets boring after some time (or not! If it’s your favorite). I have some recipes for great lunch ideas, like this recipe for a vegan quinoa salad or this recipe for a vegan grilled cheese sandwich.
Don’t Buy New
So, the zero waste tip for today is: bring your own lunch box! I personally am still using my old lunch box. It’s made out of plastic unfortunately, but it’s better to use something up than buying something new plastic free. If you don’t have a lunch box yet, I would suggest buying one plastic secondhand, since buying new stuff has the biggest negative impact on our planet. Stainless steel is 100% recyclable and isn’t so heavy either.