My Lunchtime Essentials

Most days of the week, I bring my lunch to work, and while this allows me to bring more nutritious midday meal options (along with saving money!), brown bagging it can get rather…boring. So that’s why instead of wasting paper lunch bags which will end up in a landfill, a reusable lunch tote is a much more ec0-friendly (not to mention much cuter) option. I recently picked up the Gourmet Getaway Lunch Tote from BUILT, and as corny as it sounds, its helped to make bringing a healthy lunch that much more exciting! It’s the perfect size and it’s made out of neoprene (so it kind of feels like a wetsuit), which allows it to stretch to accommodate any oddly-shaped containers. It’s also machine washable and keeps your food insulated for up to 4 hours! It comes in a variety of different colors and patterns, and BUILT actually makes a few different size lunch totes (along with some other really cool products). I chose the plum Micro Dot pattern, and picked mine up at Whole Foods here in Ann Arbor, but I know they also carry BUILT products at Bivouac and REI, along with New Seasons out in Oregon.

Another eco-friendly product that’s a constant fixture in my lunch bag is my stainless steel water bottle. One of Cameron’s biggest pet peeves is when people buy bottled water, and at first, I thought he was making too big of a deal about it, but the more I learn about how wasteful they are, it’s convinced to me solely use my reusable one. I had previously been using a light pink 27 oz Klean Kanteen, but I recently found this adorable 20 oz peacock feather water bottle by Earthlust and it’s become my new everyday water bottle. I love peacocks or anything with peacock feathers, so when I saw it I just had to have it. But I actually really like the fact that it’s fairly small, that way, I can just throw it in my purse and always have it with me, which makes it super convenient to stay hydrated throughout the day! I found it at a new store here in Ann Arbor called Organic Bliss, on Liberty between 4th and Main, so if you’re ever in the area, I encourage you to check this store out because they carry a variety of great, natural products!