The environment is on everyone’s mind these days, as we’re all trying to do our part to reduce, reuse and recycle. Cutting down on the garbage we create is an excellent way to make a real difference. But we lead such busy lives—how can we avoid convenience food packaging? Rubbermaid TakeAlongs are just the thing. They come in a variety of sizes, so every “eating out” scenario is covered.
BREAKFAST ON THE GO
Moms and experts agree—breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So rather than make a hectic morning even worse by trying to deal with everything on an empty stomach, fill a TakeAlongs 2 Cup Twist & Seal halfway with your favorite healthy cereal and pop it in your briefcase. If you’re really behind, just eat the cereal dry, but if you can grab a single-serving carton of milk when you stop for coffee, you just have to pour it in and there you have it—a nutritious start to your morning. And not only is it better for you than a fast food breakfast sandwich, it’s also a lot less waste.
A hearty sandwich goes a long way to satisfying midday hunger pangs, but they risk getting squished at the bottom of a lunch bag in a plastic bag. That’s why every member of the family should have their own TakeAlongs Sandwich container. The large tab on the lid makes these containers easy enough for even kids to open. And the best part—there’s nothing to throw away at the end of your meal.
Whether you’re headed to the mall to run a few errands or hitting the park for a play date, it’s always a good idea to bring some snacks along. Nutritionists recommend eating every few hours to keep your energy constant and help prevent a mid-afternoon slump. A small, round TakeAlongs container is the perfect size for a serving of snack food. Try dried fruit for something sweet or protein-rich nuts to keep you full until suppertime. By buying them in bulk and creating your own portions, there’s a lot less packaging overall. If you prefer something savory and will be near a microwave, fill a 1 Cup Twist and Seal with some hearty vegetable soup.
If you know your workday is going to last until the dinner hour has come and gone, why not pack yourself a healthy hot dinner. TakeAlongs are microwave-safe, so last night’s chicken and potatoes will be easy to store and keep separated in a Divided TakeAlongs container and easy to prepare in a limited office kitchen. Just remember to pack some utensils, so you can avoid using plastic ones that can’t be recycled. TakeAlongs are also freezer-safe and can be used for larger dishes, so while you’re still at work your family can pull a meal out of the freezer to reheat at home.
What better way to appreciate the season’s warm weather and spend time with your favorite people than to enjoy a homemade meal outside? A big bean salad with vinaigrette dressing will travel well in a TakeAlongs Deep Square container. The double seal helps prevent spills, so your picnic basket won’t be left smelling like vinegar. And what about some refreshing lemonade to keep the whole family’s thirst under control? Try filling up a MixerMate Pitcher to get you through the day and bring enough reusable plastic cups to go around.
RUN AND HYDRATION
If you’re always on the run, you’re likely tired of paying a convenience store premium for plastic bottles of water that will need to be recycled when you’re done. Try carrying a 20 oz Chug Bottle in your bag, so you’ll never go thirsty. It fits securely in most cup holders, so you’ve got road trips covered, and the leak-proof design will prevent any unwanted spills.