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Zero waste on-the-go


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One of the ways you can get closer to the nude food ideal is to look at the kinds of reuseable items you've got around the house, ready and waiting to help you out on the days you're eating away from home.

Like a lot of people, I've got a collection of Tupperware acquired over the years. It's pretty good for handling leftovers and making it easy for me to take them to work for lunch. I also keep a cutlery set at work, my own coffee mug and stainless steel water bottle. This keeps me away from the plastic stuff which is just going to end up in the bin.

But what can you do about things like bringing your own sandwiches to lunch? I've got the standard Gladwrap, which leaves room for improvement. Before cling-film, I think people used to use paper, which is recycleable but doesn't always keep your sandwich very air-tight.

I like these new re-useable sandwich wraps: yes, they're plastic, but they're adaptable to all sizes of bread and I reckon would last for years. If you're the crafty type, you can even make your own.

For true dedication though, you have to check this out: Zero Waste Lunches - how to make your own executive style supply kit. This couple, who travel frequently for work, went all out to make the most complete portable lunch set. Stainless steel straws, bamboo chopsticks, cutlery on a loop to keep it all together, squishable food bowls, the works. Personally, I'd skip the straws, but each to their own!

How about you? Got any tricks for avoiding waste during meals-on-the-go, or got any sticky problems we can help you with? Let us know in the comments...