5 Products That Make Every Meal More Sustainable

These affordable items will make everything from your coffee run to desk lunch a little more green.

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June 04, 2019

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It’s 2019, which means if you haven’t heard about the insurmountable impact that humans’ obsession with plastic and single-use products is having on our earth, well, then you aren’t paying attention. Little steps can be made in many parts of your life to be more sustainable, but it’s arguably hardest to be mindful when dining out. That's why we’re not asking you to lug around full sets of dishware everywhere you go. Instead, we created our very own "sustainability kit" to make tasks like your daily coffee run a little more green.


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Ok, so this might seem aggressive, but hear us out. We’re all for bringing home those leftovers (goodbye, food waste!), but, unfortunately, most to-go containers can’t be recycled once they come in contact with food. Tote one of these handy reusable bags to lunch, and you’ll always have a vessel for that half-a-sandwich you just couldn’t finish.

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We get it, carrying around a whole to-go mug is bulky and inconvenient. While we still acknowledge that using your own cup is the most sustainable option for buying coffee on-the-go, there are other options. Did you know that some lids, depending on codes in your area, aren’t recyclable? A reusable, silicone lid is small enough to fit in your pocket and can make a big difference on the environment.

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The hype around straws is intense right now. You don’t want to be that person asking for a single-use plastic straw at the bar. Keep one on you and actively remember to use it. Sure, you might feel a little weird. But you know what else feels a little weird right now? Our climate.

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Next time you’re grabbing a quick sandwich or burrito, skip the plastic wrapping they offer and ask them to wrap it up in Bee’s Wrap. A few uses of this handy paper will have you hooked. Simply heat up the wrap with your hands to loosen and form to your food. Once cooled, the wrap will keep its shape until warmed up again.

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Single-use cutlery is certainly not eco-friendly. By bringing your own set — this one comes fully equipped with a storage container — you can reduce your footprint one to-go salad at a time.

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Bonus: They’re all compact enough to fit neatly inside a Stasher bag! Keep this dining-out emergency kit packed and in your bag at all times, and you will be well on your way to living a much more sustainable life.

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