Disposable utensils and bags are wasteful and over the course of your lunch-packing life more expensive than using more permanent goods. Build a zero-waste dining kit to be kind to the environment and your wallet.
Photo by alexkerhead.
We highlighted the importance of having a sturdy lunch container and nice implements for dining back when we showed you how to make a packed lunch more appealing. At the financial blog WiseBread they decided to build a zero-waste dining kit that covered nearly every dining situation including those that involve hard liquor.
First of all, whatever we came up with had to fit compactly in the front briefcase sections of the rolling laptop case / mini office / business travel luggage pieces we have. We specifically chose these his and her pieces because we can fit a few toiletries and clothing items in the back when necessary, yet still leave the front part set up every day with office supplies, files and room for the laptop sleeves.
You may not need quite the array of stuff they've managed to squeeze into a small space—their goal was to have a set of reusable tools they could use for dining on the road—though you can easily adapt their zero-waste kit to meet your needs and the space constraints of your lunchbox.
Check out the full article for some excellent ideas—they've got collapsible silicone shot glasses!—for your lunchbox. If you've gotten away from disposable items and reuse the same things over and over again in your lunch box, we want to hear about it in the comments below.