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I dreamt I was assaulted by thousands of plastic forks discarded hastily by harried office workers. It was a nightmare! But that got me thinking… What if we could stem the tide of plastic utensils by promoting waste-free meals?

Moms have been on the forefront of this movement, packing school lunches for their children in re-usable containers. But what about the rest of us? Even when I packed my lunch for work, I’d often stop by the lunch room for a plastic fork and paper napkin. Eventually I changed my ways when I noticed some thoughtful coworkers brought their own utensils. It wasn’t hard at all, just a slight adjustment to my routine.

A few months ago I was invited to a presentation at Bethesda Green, a green business incubator in Bethesda, Maryland. The invitation suggested we bring waste-free lunches. I’d been working from home (WFH) so hadn’t thought about packing a lunch for some time. Running a bit late, I scooped my veggie walnut salad into a reusable container, placed a small fork on top, set the entire thing on top of a cloth napkin, pulled up the corners and tied them together. Voila! Several folks even commented on my clever packaging!

OK, so what’s next? We’d like to make a dent in that mountain of plastic forks, paper napkins and styro clam shells. We may have just the thing for you. Stay tuned…

–  Paula

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Recently I was invited to a presentation at BethesdaGreen.org, an innovative green business incubator. Jennifer Kaplan, author of Greening Your Small Business, was slated to speak. The talk was conveniently scheduled for lunch time and we were asked to bring a No Waste lunch. Well, that got me thinking and (of course) I went straight to Google.

Eureka! There are lots of helpful sites that offer tips for a waste-free lunch. Most sites include these TOP THREE TIPS:

  1. Put food in reusable containers.
  2. Use cloth napkins.
  3. Bring your own reusable utensils.

Of course you can get creative—try Bento Boxes, whole fruit wrapped in a bandana, sandwiches in edible paper. Did you know you can make butterflies from edible rice paper? But I digress…

Have your own fun coming up with creative No Waste Lunches.

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