Going Green By Brown Bagging

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

In these busy times, many of us get food to-go to help keep us on schedule. But did you know that takeout food packaging creates 1.8 million tons of trash in the US every year? By packing your own lunch in reusable containers can reduce the amount of trash and potentially save you over two grand a year,.

Millions of school children pack their lunches every year. As adults, we stop. But why? Many restaurant and fast food joints contain greasy, high calorie food. While it's convenient on occasion, your health and wallet will take a beating. By packing your own lunch, you can better control the quality and amount you eat. And it's often cheaper.

You could spend between six and ten dollars or more on lunch everyday, but spend far less by packing a sandwich with fruit and a sensible snack.

And along with a thermos, invest in reusable containers and a reusable bag to carry cut-up vegetables and other fun snacks. Packing a lunch can help you eat better, reduce the amount of waste you generate and save a little "bread" while you're at it. I'm Jill Cordes.


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