Go Green to Save Green: make “green” lunches for year-round savings

April 18, 2013 by
Filed under: Energy, News 

April is Earth Month, so Green Bay Consumer wants to give you tips and tricks that are not only good for the earth, but save money, too!

Today’s post is how you can save money by ditching those baggies and packing lunches with reusable containers.

Estimates are that the average brown-bag lunch requires 4 plastic baggies.  If you pack lunch 5 days a week for a year, that amounts to nearly 1000 bags per person.  With four kids in our family and my husband who brown bags it most days, that is an astounding number of plastic baggies

100,000,000,000 plastic bags are thrown away by Americans each year.  That’s a lot of zeros! (And that’s 100 TRILLION, dear readers).

By reusing containers or investing in some food safe sandwich wraps and tins, you could save a lot of money, and keep all that plastic out of landfills.

Last year I showed off my favorite reusable lunch products/ideas on Good Day Wisconsin (which you can view by clicking here):

I’m also a big fan of these Bento Boxes:

Want a local option?  Try GreenTime Creations.

The initial investment is more than buying baggies which make it seem like a huge amount to spend.  However, I’ve been using these for more than three years.  And I’ll be using them for years to come.

If you’re a crafty person (I most assuredly am not), you can make your own sandwich wraps.  If you’re on Pinterest, you can check out the Green Bay Consumer DIY board.   Or check out:

If you try making your own sandwich wraps, make sure that the material you use is food safe!

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