Tips to have a plastic-free lunch!
A recent study that has been conducted by environmental campaign group 'Hubbub' has shown that the UK's average workers' lunch-on-the-go habit is creating 10.7 billion items of packaging waste annually, 276 items per person.
Research of over 1,200 UK full and part-time workers has revealed that they use an average of four packaging items for each lunch purchase, with 76% picking up a sandwich container, 70% a packet of snacks, and 65% a napkin.
By making minor adjustments to your lunch time habits, we can all help reduce the negative impact we have on the environment. Small changes can really make a difference, and we are here to help!
Here are are some free-waste lunch tips that are an easy way to be part of the solution.
1) Use a reusable lunch container
Why not ditch the excess food packaging and make your own lunch at home? Not only will you be saving money by making your own lunch to take with you to work, but most importantly you will be reducing the amount of plastic packaging that you are using every day.
To help you find a suitable container for you to use, follow this link to explore the styles available for you to buy: https://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/food-drink/best-reusable-lunch-boxes-recycling-environment-plastic-food-a8486496.html
2) Own a reusable bottle
Plastic bottles make up a large proportion of plastic waste, and only about one in five bottles are properly recycled. The plastic bottles that get placed in the landfill today will take up to 1000 years to decompose!
So, rather than purchasing a plastic bottle every day, you can purchase a reusable bottle which you can take with you when you're out. It is incredibly convenient and most importantly you will be helping to decrease the number of bottles that are purchased and discarded every year.
3) Use reusable utensils Every year we throw away enough plastic forks, knives and spoons to circle the equator 300 times!
Whilst it’s hard to plan for every opportunity, consider carrying a spoon or fork (or spork!) in your bag or keeping cutlery in your desk at work.
4) Buy one large pack of snacks and use a reusable container!
Instead of buying separate individual servings of snacks (raisins, biscuits, crisps etc), buy one large pack and then put a serving each day in a smaller reusable container - also a money-saver!
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