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Waste-Free Lunch

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Take what you Need, Eat what you Take!


Waste-Free Lunches are not only environmentally friendly, but they are economically kind as well! 

Check out the links below to learn more about the waste-free lunch movement!


A waste-free lunch applies not only to packing your lunch but purchasing lunch as well.  Thinking about waste-free in the cafeteria line can also save you money - you take what you need and eat what you take!


When you are buying lunch, think about the following:


  • Do I really need to take a tray?
  • How much food do I really need?  Be sure to listen to your stomach, not your eyes!
  • Can I consolidate my food onto one plate instead of a whole bunch of different plates (makes not using a tray much easier!) ?




Waste-Free Lunch Resources:





WHAT DOES A WASTE-FREE LUNCH LOOK LIKE? (from www.wastefreelunches.org)

A Typical American Lunch

  • sandwiches sealed in plastic bags
  • fruits and vegetables in plastic bags
  • prepackaged chips, cookies, fruit bars, granola bars, cheeses, and fruit leathers
  • prepackaged yogurts, applesauces, and puddings
  • crackers, pretzels, chips, and other snack foods sealed in plastic bags
  • disposable juice boxes, juice pouchs, soda cans, water bottles, and milk cartons
  • plastic forks and spoons
  • paper napkins
  • reusable lunchboxes and disposable paper and plastic bags
A Waste-Free Lunch

  • sandwiches and other main dishes, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, and treats in a reusable lunch container
  • cloth napkins
  • stainless-steel forks and spoons
  • reusable drink containers
  • reusable lunchboxes

*With this type of lunch, lunch food items can be bought in larger quantities. The packaging can be left at home for reuse or recycling. Waste-free lunches are not only a wise environmental choice, but they are less expensive as well.





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