We all know by now that single-use plastic is wreaking havoc on the planet. With everyday plastic straws, bags and utensils ending up in landfills and oceans, harming natural ecosystems and contributing to global warming. Sometimes, it can feel daunting to join the crusade to crack down on man-made waste and reverse the alarming effects — but it’s actually never been easier to get a jump start.
Reduce your carbon footprint with these 16 eco-friendly alternatives to disposable lunch time plastic. From reusable bags to a self-cleaning water bottle and beeswax wraps, we’ve got you covered to kick mid-day plastic to the curb.
Both stylish and sustainable, these sandwich bags are made from food-grade silicone, so they don’t leak and are microwave and dishwasher safe!
Reusable Sandwich Bag Set, $33,
Sad salads and measly leftovers get an upgrade with this gorgeous three-piece stainless steel set that keeps everything neatly separated and keeps food hot or cold for longer.
3 Layer Tiffin Food Storage Container, $44,
If you can believe it, this double-insulated water bottle actually cleans itself with the touch of a button. Using UV-C LED light to eliminate up to 99.9% of bio-contaminants from your water and bottle, this is the future of water consumption.
Larq Self-Cleaning Water Bottle, $125,
Skip disposable straws and save the sea turtles with this durable, reusable glass straw set. Compact enough for your daily commute or lunch, ditching plastic has never been so slick.
Glass Straw Set, $24,
The easiest way to transition into a more eco-friendly lifestyle is to swap single-use plastic bags for reusable versions. This red gingham print from Baggu is made from 40% recycled nylon sourced from pre-consumer waste and is practical as ever. Haul groceries, your lunch or more bags in this transitional piece.
Standard Baggu, $16,
Forget paper napkins and opt for this sustainable, ethically-made dining set hand woven by local textile weavers in the town of Akhmim, Egypt.
Dining Set, $95,
Elevate your coffee or tea and ditch the disposable everyday cups with this richly-colored glass mug.
Borosilicate Mug, $35,
Swap out your disposable cup of joe with Nespresso’s impressive coffee machine. Bonus, the brands recycling program makes disposing of their aluminum capsules a breeze. Simply collect your capsules, drop off the bag at a Canada Post mailbox (don’t worry, prepaid postage is included) and the bag is delivered to a recycling facility where the coffee grounds are separated from the aluminum, then composed, and the aluminum is recycled.
Round Head VertuoPlus, $249,
Be(e) gone saran wrap! This beeswax paper — made from tree resin and organic jojoba oil infused into a hemp and organic cotton cloth (wash in cold water) — is reusable, antibacterial and compostable. A smart alternative to living less wastefully.
Beeswax Wrap, $20,
From H&M Home’s conscious collection comes this cup made from recycled glass. Making your everyday hydration needs that much easier and enjoyable.
Beverage Glass, $6,
Conquer meal prep with these reusable lunch bags designed with double-lock closure to seal in freshness for a full week of snacks.
BlueAvocado® Reusable (re)zip® Reusable Lunch Bags (Set of 5), $30,
Healthy habits don’t happen overnight but perhaps this sleek to-go tumbler will inspire you to fill up at your favorite coffee destination and begin your journey of being less wasteful.
To Go Tumbler, $51,
This Bento Box — made from recycled rice husks — is entirely eco-friendly, compostable and durable. It just might be your new mainstay for transporting salads, sandwiches and more.
Natural Fiber Bento Box, $25,
Held together by a convenient holder, this cutlery set is ideal for travel or work — and bonus: it’s dishwasher safe. Put a hold on plastic cutlery from now on and keep this set nearby when you’re feeling peckish.
Four-Piece Travel Cutlery Set, $20,
Practicality is kicked up a notch with this stylish yet versatile linen lunch poche. Designed with a messenger strap to double as a purse, removable insert lining for easy cleaning and an extra back pocket for cutlery, say bye to plastic bags for good.
Soyoung Linen Cement Colour Block Lunch Poche, $42,
Instead of running out to grab your daily carbonated beverage, make one from your desk with SodaStream’s Fizzi. Transform flat water into sparkling hydration and cut out the added single-use waste.
SodaStream FIZZI™, $119,