Tiny Choices recently posted about lunch kits. Sadly, I did not win the kit they were giving away, but really, you don’t need anything special to have a waste-free lunch.
Since I have access to a refrigerator at work, I don’t worry about an insulated lunch bag on most days. I just toss everything into a reusable canvas bag, and I’m good to go.
I use a glass Pyrex container whenever I have food that I’ll be heating, which is most of the time, thanks to the beauty of leftovers. By using the glass container, I avoid the whole issue of figuring out which, if any, plastics won’t leach chemicals into my food when heated. While I’m on the subject — those frozen vegetables that you microwave in the plastic bag? Who thought that was a good idea? Oh, the lengths to which we go, and the health risks we take, for convenience food. Anyway, suffice it to say that I refuse to microwave anything in plastic. My Pyrex container has a plastic lid that I remove before heating.
I do use plastic containers for snacks, or parts of my lunch that don’t require heating.
I keep silverware and a cloth napkin at my desk, always at the ready, along with my water mug. I prefer not to drink out of a water bottle (reusable, of course) all day, but I don’t trust myself with an open cup of water near a computer, so I compromise with a lidded travel mug. If you’re on the go a lot and frequently find yourself resorting to plastic utensils, you may want to look at To Go Ware, which I wrote about here.
The cloth napkin is the newest addition to my lunch arsenal. We use cloth napkins at home all the time, but, until recently, I never thought about having one at work. No, I was not using paper napkins at work — I guess I just wasn’t using anything . . . or maybe I was using my pants.