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Tips for Packing Waste-free LunchES. By Amy Hemmert & Tammy Pelstring . What do you eat for lunch?. Typical Lunch. Main Course: Sandwich Snack: Chips/Pretzels/popcorn Dairy: Yogurt Dessert: Candy/Cookies/Cereal Bars Vegetable: Carrots/Celery

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tips for packing waste free lunches

Tips for Packing Waste-free LunchES

By Amy Hemmert & Tammy Pelstring

typical lunch
Typical Lunch
  • Main Course: Sandwich
  • Snack: Chips/Pretzels/popcorn
  • Dairy: Yogurt
  • Dessert: Candy/Cookies/Cereal Bars
  • Vegetable: Carrots/Celery
  • Drink: juice, fruit-flavored drink, milk, soda, water
typical lunch packaging
Typical Lunch Packaging
  • Disposable drink bottle, box, pouch, can, or carton
  • Brown bag or large plastic bag
  • Baggies, foil, plastic wrap
  • Prepackaged foods
  • Spoons and forks
  • Paper napkins
  • Straws
  • Peels
if i looked in your school trash cans after lunch what would i see
If I looked in your school trash cans after lunch, what would I see?
  • Food?
  • Food Packaging?
  • Drink Packaging?
  • Utensils?
  • Napkins?
  • Straws?
  • Other?
throw away where is away
“Throw away”… Where is AWAY?
  • Landfill
  • Incinerator
  • Recycle Center
  • Compost
  • Litter

Where does all that lunch waste go?

but this is not sustainable
But this is not sustainable.
  • Costs more
  • Requires more gas for trucks to drive a longer distance
  • More trucks equals more pollution
  • Trucks cause wear and tear on roads
  • Landfills fill up and we have to find space for new ones farther away from where we live.
and we re throwing away good stuff
And we’re throwing away good stuff.
  • Making stuff requires resources:
    • Water
    • Fuel
    • Minerals
    • Trees
    • Other?
do your part pack a waste free lunch
Do your part. Pack a waste-free lunch.
  • Durable lunchbox
  • Reusable food containers
  • Refillable drink bottle
  • Stainless fork and spoon
  • Cloth napkin
take it a step further
Take it a step further…
  • Pack a lunch that you can truly enjoy!
    • Fresh
    • Seasonal
    • Organic
    • Locally grown
    • Delicious!
make it fun
Make it fun!
  • Attractive Colors
  • Appealing Textures
  • Pleasing Shapes
  • Manageable Sizes
  • Appropriate Portions
  • Dips, Dressings, and Condiments
  • Seasonal Specialties
  • Nutritional Balance
nutritious sandwiches
Nutritious Sandwiches
  • Choose your bread carefully.
    • Favor whole grains
    • “Bread” variety: bagels, tortillas, lavash, English muffins, bread sticks, crackers, focaccia, pita, rice cakes, rolls
  • Include vegetables (and fruits).
  • Pay attention to portion size.
  • Be mindful of the fillings and spreads you choose.
sandwich fillings
Sandwich Fillings
  • Shredded carrots
  • Cheese (lowfat)
  • Chicken
  • Chicken salad
  • Egg salad
  • Nitrite-free hot dogs
  • Lettuce
  • Shrimp
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Smoked salmon
  • Sprouts
  • Tofu
  • Tuna salad (no more than once a month)
  • Marinated artichokes
  • Nitrite-free turkey
sandwich spreads
Sandwich Spreads
  • Spreads
    • Hummus (traditional, spicy, herbed)
    • Nut butters: almond, cashew (peanut, soy)
    • Cheese (goat cheese, cream cheese, brie)
    • Pesto
    • Mashed banana, honey, apple butter, pumpkin butter
    • Tomato sauce
    • Avocado
    • Refried beans
sandwich alternatives
Sandwich Alternatives
  • Salads
  • Soups
  • Stews
  • Curries
  • Eggs (hard-boiled, deviled, omelet)
  • Breakfast for Lunch
  • Interesting Whole Grains (barley, brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur, millet, oatmeal, popcorn, wild rice)
  • Nuts and Nut Butters
think outside the fruit box
Think outside the fruit box.
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Asian pears
  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Pears
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Melon
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
pack lots of veggies
Pack lots of veggies.
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Green beans
  • Green salad
  • Jicama
  • Kolrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Potatoes
  • Seaweed
  • Shelling peas
  • Snap peas
  • Soy beans
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yams
  • zucchini
making it work
Making it Work
  • Maximize leftovers.
  • Make soup, stew, stir-fry, curry, hard-boiled eggs on the weekend to pack throughout the week.
  • Keep a selection of dried fruits and nuts on hand for “emergencies.”
  • Pack fresh veggies and dip.
  • Make simple salads.
inspirational lunch ideas
Inspirational Lunch Ideas
  • Baked Pasta
  • Artichoke Bruschetta
  • Tamari-roasted Cashews
  • Spinach Salad
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Inspirational Lunch Ideas
  • Organic Field Greens Salad
  • Dates
  • Sushi Rolls
  • Baby Carrots
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Inspirational Lunch Ideas
  • Yogurt
  • Organic Grapes
  • Trail Mix
  • Baby Carrots
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Inspirational Lunch Ideas
  • Watermelon
  • Whole Wheat Banana Bread
  • Salmon Stuffed Avocado
  • Sugar Snap Peas
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Inspirational Lunch Ideas
  • Organic Cherries
  • Baby Carrots
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Whole Wheat Crackers
  • Mixed Unsalted Nuts
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Inspirational Lunch Ideas
  • Papaya
  • Blueberries
  • Vegetable Pancake
  • Assorted Cheeses
  • Chiabatta Bread
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Inspirational Lunch Ideas
  • Vegetable Gyoza
  • Soy Sauce
  • Steamed Rice
  • Edamame
  • Hum Bao
  • Ginger Snaps
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Inspirational Lunch Ideas
  • Hummus
  • Whole Wheat Crackers
  • Blueberries
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Sliced Cucumbers
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Inspirational Lunch Ideas
  • Organic Grapes
  • Whole Wheat Crackers
  • Fresh Green Beans
  • Lowfat Cheddar Cheese
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Inspirational Lunch Ideas
  • Blintzes
  • Somoza
  • Fresh Strawberries
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Inspirational Lunch Ideas
  • Spelt Pretzels
  • Fresh Figs
  • Hard-boiled Eggs
  • Garden Tomatoes
prepackaged processed items
Prepackaged Processed Items

Americans tend to rely heavily on prepackaged items which are generally high in:

  • Fat
  • Sugar
  • Sodium
  • Preservatives
  • Artificial Colorings & Flavorings
  • Numerous Unpronounceable Ingredients
about wastefreelunches org
About wastefreelunches.org
  • For Schools, Teachers, Parents, Environmental Organizations
  • The Waste-free Lunchbox Pamphlet
  • Links to Important Web Sites
  • Success Stories
  • How To
thanks for inviting us to speak
Thanks for inviting us to speak.
  • Questions and Answers
  • My contact information:
    • Amy Hemmert & Tammy Pelstring
    • info@wastefreelunches.org
    • 831-457-0301