Over the years, on and off, I have been trying to bring my own lunch and snacks to the office. After a few attempts, I always seemed to default back to my old ways of getting a soup, salad or sandwich from a local café or deli in Manhattan. Unfortunately, convenience beat my desire to leave a lighter carbon footprint more often than I would liked to admit to myself. Of course, in the process, it has been more expensive and created unnecessary waste through takeout containers made of paper and plastic.
It all changed when I started to read about inflammatory diets, in an attempt to reduce some minor aches in my body. This created a turning point in my diet, since I realized that I needed to control what I eat. High on my list were fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, healthy oils and fish. I just needed reusable lunch containers, preferably made of recycled materials. It was a no-brainer to order Preserve’s Food Storage Lunch Pack since I had used their bathroom products made of 100 percent recycled plastic before.
The set consists of four containers that are shaped and colored like green apples. Every time I pack my own lunch and snacks, the apple-shaped designs make me smile. They remind me that I’m doing something healthy for myself. Since then, I have also purchased a small colander, which is sized perfectly to prep a small salad. It came with a label that read, “powered by leftovers,” to underline Preserve’s environmental philosophy. The cute designs are made in the USA from 100 percent recycled materials including food-storage containers.
So far, it has been about two months that I have been sticking to my new routine. The bigger, square container has been ideal for salads as well as sandwiches, and the mini round containers are great for grapes, nuts or baby carrots. I also started a new habit of keeping a small bottle of extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar at the office. This way, I don’t have to worry about spills in my bag.
It feels great to eat healthier while creating less waste.
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