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Eco-Friendly Lunch Supplies For A Zero-Waste Eat

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zero waste eco-friendly lunch supplies

Hello!  Let’s talk about eco-friendly lunch ideas today.  

I have gotten much better at packing my own lunch for work since going back after being on maternity leave.  However, some of my lunch ware leaves a lot to be desired.  We have a lot of red-stained plastic Tupperware boxes that I’d like to replace with something a bit more durable and eco-friendly once they wear out.

I’d actually like to replace all of our plastic Tupperware as we go with glass and stainless steel containers.  However, at the same time, I don’t want to throw out perfectly good Tupperware, so it’s going to be a bit of a long process!

Eco-Friendly Lunch Ideas

If you’re looking for some eco-friendly lunch ideas too then I’ve put a guide together of some things that have caught my eye over the last little while.

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Reusable Cutlery Set (£12.50)

A pretty little cutlery set perfect for stashing in your bag or in your desk drawer.  There’s no need to buy new though, carrying around some cutlery from home will also do the job.

KeepCup* (£16)

Like treating yourself to a takeaway tea or coffee at work?  Why not invest in a beautiful KeepCup?  Some coffee shops will even give you a discount for using a reusable cup, so over time the cup will eventually pay for itself.  Win-win!

Black+Blum Thermos Flask* (£14.95)

If you’re the thriftier sort, then here’s a stylish flask for your commute or for your eco-friendly lunch.  I’m quite partial to a cuppa on the bus to work of a morning.  So for me, this is essential!  A flask is also handy when you’re having the kind of day that requires a cup of tea constantly to hand, but you don’t want to be walking back and forth to the kitchen every half an hour to make tea.

Black+Blum Thermo Pot* (£29.95)

I have my eyes on one of these stainless steel beauties.  I eat a lot of the previous night’s leftovers for my lunch.  In fact, we’ve got into a habit of making a little bit more dinner so that we both have enough to take to work the next day for lunch.  Sometimes I use Tupperware, and sometimes I use a glass jar to transport my food, but this looks sturdier.  It also has the added bonus that you can heat up your food in the morning and have a hot lunch at work without having to wait in the microwave queue.

LunchBots Stainless Steel Lunch Box (£32.00)

This stainless steel bento box is exactly what I’d like to eventually replace my Tupperware sandwich box with when it breaks.  It looks perfect for an eco-friendly lunch – fitting in a sandwich and a couple of plastic-free snacks on the side.   Get a 10% discount on your first order when you sign up to their mailing list.

Jerry Bottle (£17.99)

Jerry Bottles are the ultimate water bottle.  Beautiful.  Plastic-free.  Leakproof.  And 100% of profits go to funding clean water projects around the world.  On the base of each bottle is a set of coordinates pinpointing exactly which village your purchase is helping to fund clean water in.  Each bottle also comes with a lifetime guarantee.  Water bottles don’t get better than this.

Keep Leaf Sandwich Bag* (£6)

If you don’t like carrying a lunchbox around then a good alternative is a sandwich bag.  This reusable sandwich bag makes for a good eco-friendly lunch alternative to plastic zip lock bags or cling film/tin foil.

What are your favourite eco-friendly lunch supplies?

ps:  you might also be interested in my beeswax food wrap DIY as a homemade alternative to cling film.

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Zero Waste Crisps Recipe

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zero waste crisps recipe

Looking for plastic-free and zero-waste crisps?  I’ve got you covered – read on!

Dorling Kindersley has recently released My Zero Waste Kitchen*, a really useful zero-waste cookbook and guide by Kate Turner.  Full of smart and simple ideas to shop, plan, cook, and eat waste-free, as well as with ten recipes to use up leftovers and food scraps, it’s a handy guide to have at your fingertips.

Make Plastic-Free Crisps

Dorling Kindersley has kindly let me share this great recipe from the book for zero waste crisps with Moral Fibres readers.

Kate’s recipe lets you transform potato peelings or old veg into these moreish crisps, creating a healthy zero waste snack from leftover veg!  Each recipe in the book contains three zero-waste twists to give suggestions on how to customise the recipe depending on what you have to hand and to encourage you to get creative with the contents of your fridge.  This recipe is no exception – you’ll find three plastic-free and zero-waste twists at the end.

SERVES 2

Ingredients

You will need:

  • 50g potato peel from around 2 large potatoes
  • 50 g kale
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • A generous pinch of chilli powder
  • ½ tsp sweet smoked paprika powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

First Make The Zero Waste Crisps Base

To make the zero-waste crisps base, preheat the oven to 150ºC (300ºF/Gas 2) and line 2–3 baking trays with baking parchment.

Place the potato peel in a mixing bowl with half of the oil, spices, salt, and pepper.  Using your hands (wear gloves if necessary), gently rub the peel until it is completely coated with oil and spices.  Set aside.

Using a sharp knife, remove the tough, woody kale stems and roughly chop the leaves into bite-sized pieces.

Place the kale in a mixing bowl with the remaining oil, spices, salt, and pepper.  Gently rub the kale for 1–2 minutes until it is completely coated and starting to soften.

Spread the potato peel and kale thinly on separate baking trays in single, even layers.  Set the kale tray aside.

Place the potato peel in the oven and leave to roast for 25 minutes.  After 10 minutes, add the kale tray and continue roasting for the remaining 15 minutes, or until crisp. Watch carefully to ensure they don’t burn.

Remove the crisps from the oven and leave them on the trays for a few minutes to crisp up before eating.

The crisps are best eaten within a few hours but can be stored in an airtight container for 1–2 days.  Re-crisp them in the oven at a low temperature for 3–4 minutes.

Now Zero-Waste Your Crisps!

There are loads of different options to zero-waste the basic crisps recipe. Try some of these out, or create your own option based on what leftovers you have:

Sweet Potato and Potato Peel Crisps

Swap the kale for the peel of 2 large sweet potatoes – about 50g.  Combine with the regular potato peel and season as per the recipe.  Roast both for 25 minutes, or until crisp

Tired Parsnip and Potato Peel Crisps

wap the kale for 1 parsnip – about 100g.  Slice very thinly, either with a mandolin or a vegetable peeler, including tops and tails.  Season, spread thinly on a baking tray, and roast for around 35 minutes, or until crisp.  Thicker slices may need an extra 5 minutes but watch carefully to ensure they don’t burn.  Add the potato peel tray to the oven for the last 25 minutes.

Tired Beetroot and Potato Peel Crisps

Swap the kale for 1 beetroot – about 100g.  Slice very thinly either with a mandolin or a vegetable peeler, including tops and tails.  Season, spread thinly on a baking tray, and roast for around 35 minutes, or until crisp.  Thicker slices may need an extra 5 minutes, but watch carefully to ensure they don’t burn.  Add the potato peel tray to the oven for the last 25 minutes.

Or simply combine all the vegetables to create a rainbow of flavours and colours in your zero-waste crisps.

And in case you missed it, don’t forget to check out my guide to plastic-free snack ideas