May 18, 2011

Plastic Challenge: Laura A, Week 16

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Any suggestions for easy to pack vegetarian lunches that don’t require reheating or refrigeration besides an icepack?

Location:Bar Harbor, Maine, United States

Name: Laura A

Week: 16

Personal Info:

Total items: 16

Total weight: 1.3

Items: Recyclable
water bottle, #2

Items: Nonrecyclable
tag on broccoli
tag on cilantro
2 plastic lined soup packets
bag from race freebie
ring from glass milk bottle
3 energy bar wrappers
band aids tabs
celery bag
Miracle-Gro packet
2 plant tags
pizza cutter wheel wrapper

What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
The water bottle! Poor preparation couple with a change of plans left me with a water bottle!
The energy bar wrappers.

What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
Miracle-Gro packet. I have a few of these left over from a school project a few years ago so I’m using them up.
The plants tags were found in a plastic pot in the shed left by a previous owner. I’m reusing the pot.
The pizza cutter wheel was a purchase made to try to use up a Bed Bath and Beyond gift card (see last week). I’m using to cut my homeade egg noodles that I use in my soup instead of the instant soup packets. It’s made it a lot easier.

What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Stupid broccoli and cilantro tags. I am growing cilantro and eventually I’ll be able to buy more veggies at the farmer’s market but this is Maine- the growing season is not very long so most of the year it has to come from the store.

What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I am transitioning from unemployed to working and I was not prepared in the food dept. I’m working on having easy to travel food.

What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Those energy bar wrappers.

What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?

2 comments
Danielle
Danielle

Hey! There are so many options for cold vegetarian lunches!! Obviously, it totally depends what you like... but here are some ideas:

Wraps filled with hummus, lettuce and raw veggies. (I make my own wraps and can pass along the recipe if you need it).

Salads. Add beans, veggies, whatever you like.

Cold pasta salad.

Chickpea tacos (or black beans... whatever you like). Use homemade tortillas or romaine lettuce

Magical Raw Tacos are YUMMY. Just have to sub ingredients for what is available to you... http://theblissfulchef.com/2010/04/meatless-monday-magical-raw-tacos/

For ideas, check out Vegan Lunch Box: http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/

Another resource (though made from plastic) LapTop Lunches Menu Library has a lot of creative ideas: http://www.laptoplunches.com/bento-menus/

Oh my... can you tell I dig food?? Hope that helps! If you need more help, just let me know! :)

Beth Terry
Beth Terry

Hi Laura. I think it depends on what's available to you in bulk. For me, I would make sandwiches (plastic-free bread), pasta salad (bulk pasta), bulgar or other cold salad from grains. You know what? I depends on what you're willing to eat cold. I like cold pizza, so maybe I'm not the best person to ask. I'll post on my Facebook page tomorrow and see what people say.