Meal preparation is always a weekday life saver, and something I’m always encouraging for my clients, especially when they anticipate a busy week. I wanted to share some of my non-toxic, eco-friendly meal prep essentials that you can easily grab off of Amazon today!
Glass Storage Containers First things first. Glass storage containers are a MUST because we won't have to worry about chemicals like BPA and phthalates leaching into our food. Plus, they are infinitely recyclable, reusable and refillable! If you're still using plastic containers, this is your sign that you should make the switch. Some of my favorites: Mason Jars - Always so versatile. I’ll often use these for overnight oats or even a salad! The 8-pack Glass Meal Prep Containers are the perfect size to fit a deliciously balanced entree.
Reusable Utensils Second, it's time to start packing your own utensils! There are billions of forks, knives, spoons and straws are thrown away each year. This plastic can take centuries to break down. This is just a simple, environmentally friendly change you can make TODAY. This Reusable Bamboo Utensil Set is perfect for eating on the go!
Compostable Snack Bags The Ziploc bag has become an American staple, but unfortunately, they’re a single-use plastic. We now have alternatives available which are much more eco-friendly, such as these compostable snack bags and sandwich bags. They are biodegradable, made from renewable plant materials and just what you need for all of your snacking needs!
A Reusable Water Bottle You can always catch me with my Yeti Cup at work I love the larger 30oz version, as it helps me reach my water intake each day.
A few mind boggling thoughts from PlasticOceans.org on why you should ditch the plastic, single-use water bottles:
According to the Container Recycling Institute, 100.7 billion plastic beverage bottles were sold in the U.S. in 2014, or 315 bottles per person.
57% of those units were plastic water bottles: 57.3 billion sold in 2014. This is up from 3.8 billion plastic water bottles sold in 1996, the earliest year for available data.
The process of producing bottled water requires around 6 times as much water per bottle as there is in the container.
14% of all litter comes from beverage containers. When caps and labels are considered, the number is higher.