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  1. Tips for Packing Waste-free LunchES By Amy Hemmert

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. “Throw away”… Where is AWAY? • Landfill • Incinerator • Recycle Center • Compost • Litter Where does all that lunch waste go?

  5. 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.

  6. And we’re throwing away good stuff. • Making stuff requires resources: • Water • Fuel • Minerals • Trees • Other?

  7. Do your part. Pack a waste-free lunch. • Durable lunchbox • Reusable food containers • Refillable drink bottle • Stainless fork and spoon • Cloth napkin

  8. Take it a step further… • Pack a lunch that you can truly enjoy! • Fresh • Seasonal • Organic • Locally grown • Delicious!

  9. Make it fun! • Attractive Colors • Appealing Textures • Pleasing Shapes • Manageable Sizes • Appropriate Portions • Dips, Dressings, and Condiments • Seasonal Specialties • Nutritional Balance

  10. Inspirational Lunches • Baked Pasta • Artichoke Bruschetta • Tamari-roasted Cashews • Spinach Salad

  11. Inspirational Lunches • Organic Field Greens Salad • Dates • Sushi Rolls • Baby Carrots

  12. Inspirational Lunches • Yogurt • Organic Grapes • Trail Mix • Baby Carrots

  13. Inspirational Lunches • Watermelon • Whole Wheat Banana Bread • Salmon Stuffed Avocado • Sugar Snap Peas

  14. Inspirational Lunches • Organic Cherries • Baby Carrots • Ranch Dressing • Whole Wheat Crackers • Mixed Unsalted Nuts

  15. Inspirational Lunches • Papaya • Blueberries • Vegetable Pancake • Assorted Cheeses • Chiabatta Bread

  16. Inspirational Lunches • Vegetable Gyoza • Soy Sauce • Steamed Rice • Edamame • Hum Bao • Ginger Snaps

  17. Inspirational Lunches • Hummus • Whole Wheat Crackers • Blueberries • Sugar Snap Peas • Cherry Tomatoes • Sliced Cucumbers

  18. Inspirational Lunches • Organic Grapes • Whole Wheat Crackers • Fresh Green Beans • Lowfat Cheddar Cheese

  19. Inspirational Lunch Ideas • Blintzes • Somoza • Fresh Strawberries

  20. Inspirational Lunch Ideas • Spelt Pretzels • Fresh Figs • Hard-boiled Eggs • Garden Tomatoes

  21. Inspirational Lunch Ideas • Chili • Garden Salad • Corn Bread • Dates

  22. Inspirational Lunch Ideas • Strawberries • Green Grapes • Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce • Green Salad

  23. Inspirational Lunch Ideas • Melon Balls • Cheese Fingers • Tortilla Bats • Potato Ghosts • Eye Ball Cupcake

  24. Inspirational Lunches • Veggie Balogna • Fresh Carrot • Steamed Artichoke • Fresh Apricot

  25. Inspirational Lunches • Almond Butter and Apricot Jam Sandwich • Sugar Snap Peas • Fresh Cherries • Hard-boiled Egg

  26. Inspirational Lunches • Field Greens Salad • Sliced Oranges • Veggie Roll-up • Pan-fried Sweet Potatoes

  27. Inspirational Lunches • Peanut Butter and Jelly on Matzo • Fennel Salad • Cashews • Dried Cranberries • Dried Pears • Air-popped Popcorn

  28. Inspirational Lunch Ideas • Garden Salad • Pasta with Pesto • Cucumber Tomato Salad • Tangerines and Raisins

  29. Inspirational Lunch Ideas • Mexican-style Torta • Tortilla Chips • Grapes and Strawberries • Fresh Carrots

  30. Inspirational Lunches • Crab Cake • Mixed Greens Salad • Sliced Pear • Sushi Roll

  31. Inspirational Lunches • Chef Salad • Red and Green Grapes • French Bread

  32. Inspirational Lunches • Rice • Tortilla Chips • Refried Beans • Fresh Strawberries

  33. Inspirational Lunches • Asparagus Frittata • Orange Slices • Caesar Salad

  34. Inspirational Lunches • Fresh Strawberries • Banana Bread • Breakfast Burrito • Fresh Carrot

  35. Inspirational Lunches • Broiled Fish • Green Salad • Whole Grain Crackers • Baby Carrots • Orange Slices

  36. Inspirational Lunches • Buckwheat Pasta Salad • Goldfish Crackers • Dried Fruit • Fresh Kiwi • Steamed Broccoli • Steamed Carrots

  37. About wastefreelunches.org • For Schools, Teachers, Parents, Environmental Organizations • The Waste-free Lunchbox Pamphlet • Links to Important Web Sites • Success Stories • How To