In our attempt to save money and reduce waste, my partner and I have committed to bringing our lunches and snacks to work. This has been a great success for our wallets, waistline, and our trash can. We use Lunchskins for our sandwiches and snacks (made out of nylon but can be used over 1,000 times and then reusable after that as well).
We are still buying pretzels and crackers in regular packaging (but trying to buy the one with the least amount of packaging!) and string cheese (I don't even want to talk about...this is my partner's addiction, not mine).
Do you have any recommendations for some tasty lunch snacks that are also zero waste?
-Sliced cucumber with the skin peeled in strips (keeps the cucumber crispy, but reduces the amount of waxy skin to eat). Eat plain, dipped in hummus, or with flavored salts (available at in the Mexican foods aisle or in bulk at ethnic markets).
-bulk nuts with fresh fruit
-trail mix, either bulk or homemade
-bulk crackers or pretzels
As for the cheese sticks, if the obsession is mozzarella string cheese, you could make homemade string cheese. Buy bulk mozzarella from the deli/cheese counter. Once home, rinse the cheese, wrap it in a damp cloth and put it on a board that drains into the sink. Place a plate or cutting board on top and put a heavy-ish object on top of the plate, phone books work well, so you need about 2 lbs of weight. The goal is to squeeze the excess water out of the cheese without drying it out. To speed things up you can try applying slow even pressure to the board/plate on top of the cheese, but this is risky, because too much pressure will split/squash the cheese.
Let the cheese sit for at least an hour, but more like three. Then, unwrap and check the texture, it should be way less watery, slightly rubbery and starting to fray at the ends. Rinse the cheese again and slice into the desired serving size. Voila! Homemade string cheese