A Greener Lunch
I try to be as green as possible in my daily life. I compost. I recycle (even though we have to pay for curb-side service in my city). I buy a majority of my food at various farmers markets, and talked my family into joining a CSA this summer. I store my photos online (okay, that may be more laziness than a conscious choice). I buy all natural cleaning products and refuse to use chemicals on my lawn or in my gardens.
On point with this post, though, I have a resuable lunch bag that I bring to work (almost) daily. The thing about lunch bags, though--at least the size I like to carry--is that it doesn't hold much. There's plenty of room for the (reusable) plastic container holding my main course and my fork, but that's about it. If I want to pack some trail mix or some grapes, I usually find myself begrudgingly shoving them into a resealable bag because there's no room for another container. And, although I really want to use those bags more than once, I just end up throwing them away because I don't like mixing the flavor of yesterday's snack with today's.
After I read an anti-Ziploc baggie post last September on MomGoesGreen.com, I really started being disgusted with myself for this behavior but, other than aluminum foil, none of her alternative suggestions really worked for me. And then I had a conversation with my sister, my green-living, earth-loving, thrift-shopping mentor. She was trolling the internet for the perfect green birthday present for her environmentalist-by-trade friend and found reusable sandwich and snack bags, made from cotton and recycled plastic. The plastic ones can be thrown straight in the dishwasher or can easily be wiped out with a damp cloth. Bags of the cotton variety hold up well in the clothes washer, but I line dry because I'm afraid they'll get misshapen in the dryer. My sister found her bags on etsy.com. I bought mine at Home Eco, a local green general store. For those of you who don't live in St. Louis and don't have the time to browse Etsy, Reuseit.com has quite a selection to choose from.
It may not make an earth-shattering difference, but we can still make the world a greener place, once lunch at a time.