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Green your coffee routine

Save 23 lbs of waste this year and start using a reusable coffee cup to keep you caffeinated.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Other reusable stuff

It's always good to not throw away so much and put things into landfills. I take my lunch to work most days to avoid running out and eating fast food. Yes, I will admit, I will eat a fast food item in a pinch, yes, shame on me but over the years, I've done this less and less. Now, if I have to run in a pinch, I spend $5 at the local food cart.

My typical lunch bag will contain a banana, peanut butter, a slice of bread, carrots, hummas, seasonal fruit and cheese -- mostly in plastic bags which I throw away and ends up in the landfills. Almost as bad as eating McDonalds, I would venture to say. This was really sorta saddening until I saw a product called Lunchskins.

Image courtesy of Lunchskins
Again, like the coffee cup, I'm part of the 20 million plastic baggies hitting the landfills each year. So, I went to their website and ordered two of each and have been in love ever since. They brighten up my lunch bag and are so cute they will make you smile big. They are easy to use and washable by hand or in the dishwasher (I prefer to handwash and air dry).

There are a variety of websites out there that sell reusable items for your lunch that I discovered mainly from eco-friendly back to school posts on blogs. is a great source for items if you need some ideas.

I've recently also done away with paper napkins at our house too. We'll be using cloth washable napkins to save trees starting this week.

Have other tips for me? As always, I would love to hear them.

P.S. I have no affiliation with any of the products/companies/organizations mentioned in this post


  1. We pack our daughter's school lunch in Tupperware. They have great bright colors, and are practically guaranteed for life (most consultants will give free replacements if something breaks). They have great hinged square containers for sandwiches which fit the healthy rectangular bread we like (that was important to me).

    Also, I buy a lot of the 1/2 off stuff at Devores the day it expires. I save all those containers and freeze food in them, store food in them, and use them for lunches. I like them because they are see-through, so they are great in the pantry too. When I get too many I Freecycle them. They are always snatched up in a hurry.

    And when I get food to go, and they put a sauce or dressing in a small plastic cup with lid, I keep those too. They are great for little snacks in lunches.

  2. I need to get some of these baggies. I saw that True North also has a tutorial this month on how to make your own, but this is where the "working Mom" comes into play - no time to make my own!



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