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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Trashless Lunch: Simple Living in Practice

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Trashless Lunch

It is almost back to school and work for many of us across the country. Remember what the Andie MacDowell character kept worrying about in the movie, Sex, Lies, and Videotapes, What are we going to do with all of the garbage? 

*The average American family produces about 100 pounds of garbage a week, about 3 pounds per day per person. You can do something about this... make your lunch trashless.

Invest in reusable sandwich holders, get a soup thermos for hot items, a metal water bottle and a sturdy lunch bag. You'll eat smaller portions and better food if you bring your own lunch... and you'll save money in the long run!

It is really important to get good quality products. I got my family's lunch bags from LLBean and we have used them for years. They are machine washable and you can get them monogrammed (a good way to prevent a coworker or a kid's friend from "accidentally" eating your lunch.)

I truly believe that it worth getting the best quality of these items you can find. They will pay off very quickly because they last for years instead of months like the cheaper version. 

I had to learn this the lesson the hard way. When I first switched to metal bottles with the desire to avoid BPA plastics I was shocked that you pay about $20 for a quality SIGG water bottle, so I went to a discount store, bought bottles for $10, washed them a few times in the dishwasher and their paint peeled. 

I don't find it practical to not be able to wash water bottles in the dishwasher, so it is worth it to me to invest in the SIGG bottles because they are indestructible. They don't peel, they barely dent and they come in super cool designs.

 More designs for SIGG have been created by SMAY Design, a local graphic art company than any other designer. So in celebration of our local artist, I am offering a raffle for one of SMAY's SIGG creations.. enter below... and do your part to reduce the garbage!


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* Source: http://askville.amazon.com/average-amount-family-trash-week-nation/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=458215

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15 comments:

  1. What a fun giveaway Diane! The statistic about the average family creating 100lbs of garbage a week is unbelievable. Hopefully more people will start using reusable products!


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    1. When my compost bin is too full and I throw out food scraps for a week I am shocked at how much more garbage I put out.

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  2. Yikes--on the amount of garbage! Oye!

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    1. You would hope it would bother people enough to want to cut down. Though a lot of people I know just buy bigger garbage bins. My sister-in-law lives in England if you go over your allotted weight you have to pay extra. That would get people to recycle.

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  3. PS--Hope I win! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  5. I just found your blog. We are just four months into organic/whole food eating (almost exclusively now!) and it's a natural next step to stop using so many disposables!

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    1. Welcome to simple living and healthy eating... good for you going all whole food. I think you will enjoy my foodie friday recipe party there are a lot of great whole food recipes posted on it every week. Hope to hear more from you.

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  6. I agree, you definitely get what you pay for. These containers are wonderful both to help keep everything fresh and delicious and also to reduce (or in this case eliminate!) waste.

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  7. It's great to know that the SIGG bottles are dishwasher safe! I wash all our stainless bottles by hand because I don't want to ruin them. I'll definitely invest in SIGG bottles from now on for my kids. Being able to throw them in the dishwasher is a HUGE plus!

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    1. It really makes them worth the investment. On Youtude there is a video of how they make their bottles it is quite an incredibly complex process and they have been doing it for a really long time.

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  8. We try to minimize waste in our lunches. We have reusable cloth bags, reusable stainless steel containers, and stainless steel water bottles.

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