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Mindful Consumer: Reduce Your Lunch Footprint

Updated: Apr 13


For many, lunch is their favorite part of the workday. But, what you consume and how you consume it has consequences that are much larger than your pant size.



See below for some tips on how to reduce your footprint via your lunchtime habits.


What You Eat Matters: 83% of CO2emissions come from the production of processed foods and meat.


Tip: Eat vegan at lunch. (Ideally, eat all locally-grown food.) Eating a vegetarian meal one day a week adds up to the equivalent of saving 1,160 driven miles, and that’s only one day a week.


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How You Get Your Food Matters: Driving to pick up your lunch, going to a drive through, and ordering food delivery adds to gas emissions.


Tip: Walk or bike to get lunch. If you miss multitasking feel free to do it at lunch if your walking and catching up with co-workers.


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What You Use Matters :The average American uses six napkins a day. Paper napkins pollute landfills. They are usually bleached with chlorine and contain toxins (recycled napkins are better if you must use them). They are then packaged in plastic and shipped to the store, where you then pick it up and drive them home. This whole process increases CO2emissions, and it is repeated over and over.



Tip: Organic cotton is your best bet. Keep an organic cotton napkin with you at your desk. For example, you’re at Starbucks, and you spill some coffee out of your reusable coffee mug. Just pull your reusable cotton napkin out of your bag and clean up the mess. Reusable napkins are more environmentally friendly, and they make a difference over the long haul.

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