Going Zero Waste

September is quickly approaching. As rain moves into the forecast and Labour Day inches closer, back-to-school shopping is at the top of many people’s lists.

As you enter the debate about whether or not your child(ren) or you yourself need a new lunch box(es), I suggest you consider going waste free or zero waste. Though this option may initially seem more expensive, the products typically have a longer lifespan and save you money on disposable products such as ziplock bags.

I have a SmartPlanet collapsible silicone lunch container. I love it because it enables me to pack leftovers with ease and without unnecessary waste. Better yet, I can pack a hot or cold lunch without thinking twice. The container can be stored in the fridge and if my lunch requires heating, I simply remove the lid and pop it into the microwave when my stomach calls. It is easy to wash (the base is microwave safe as it is silicone but the top must be washed by hand) and when I finish my meal, I simply collapse the container for easy storage in my purse on the trip home! I had actually considered getting containers for my brothers for Christmas last year but my mom discouraged it as she said they would not use them. However, after seeing their reactions to my container – there are definitely going to be a couple of these under the tree come December!

Let me just take a moment to say that as you consider purchasing a waste free option, it is important to think about how and what you typically pack for lunch or your meals-on-the-go. I love SmartPlanet because if I eat a healthier dinner the night before, I try to pack leftovers for the lunch the next day. In other words, SmartPlanet really suits my needs. The next product I suggest looking into is equally as impressive, however, I have never used it simply because I do not see myself getting a lot of use out of it. With that said, I have a dear friend who raves about it. I am talking about Abeego.

Abeego is perfect for those of you who love to pack a good sandwich. Abeego is inspired by nature, using all natural materials to keep good fresh. A blend of pure beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin makes up the Abeego products. Better yet, these products are Canadian! The products come in various sizes ensuring that you can preserve all food products ranging from a cookie or a cracker to a sandwich to a full-sized baguette. In fact, if you plan to squeeze in another picnic or two before the end of summer – it would be the perfect time to test out some Abeego products!

If you are interested in a stainless steel option, consider PlanetBox. PlanetBox is the product I know least about but its bento style containers seem to be eco-friendly as well as potentially a great way to help out with portion control.

Further alternatives can be found online at Vancouver’s Lavish & Lime.

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