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14 Essentials for Packing a Plastic Free Lunch

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As many of us are headed back to the office, it's time to get ready to start getting creative when it comes to packing lunches. Getting takeout for lunch every now and then is great, but it's expensive and there's just so much trash generated! Packing lunch is great for your wallet and for the planet, especially if you invest in some plastic free lunch packing essentials. While plastic sandwich bags and plastic containers may be convenient, they aren't the healthiest and are only adding to the plastic problem in our oceans. Instead, stock up on some of these reusable lunchbox essentials made from stainless steel, glass, wax, silicone, and cotton. Whether you're packing leftovers, a simple sandwich, or a salad, we've got you covered. Our plastic free lunch packing essentials are reusable, washable, and healthier than a bag full of plastic containers. We also have a roundup of general food storage containers you might want to check out.

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Foil containers are also relatively safer. 2) The next best options are plastic containers that are recyclable and marked with the number 2 or the number 5. These plastics are safer and are usually recyclable in most places. 3) Styrofoam is bad. Try to stay away. It leaves yucky chemicals in your food and is horrible for the environment. 4) Those brown cardboard-y bowls that look natural like they should be better for you, but aren't. They basically all have PFAS (like Teflon) chemicals in them. Don't forget to take a picture of your plastic free lunch #BHchallenge .
Take out for the win! No matter what you are ordering, we have some tips for getting the packing it comes in be a little better for both you and the world.

Before you start ordering and getting all the spicy tuna rolls, check out how heavy metals like mercury can affect your health. Try some rolls full of crab or covered in salmon instead like a spider roll or salmon nigiri.โ €

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