Want to Greenify, save money and improve your health at the same time? I have three words for you: bring your lunch.
Bringing your lunch to work can save you the time and mental disconnect/reconnect of having to go out for it. It saves on money because a lunch you prepare at home from healthy, well-chosen ingredients can cost substantially less and at the same time, it can improve your health as you learn to make better nutritional choices.
To get started, you'll want to choose some reusable, "green" supplies to let you safety and conveniently bring and store food from home. This may seem counter-intuitive on cost savings because you'll want to invest in the best tools to get started, but choose wisely and you'll be ahead of the game.
There are numerous websites offering eco-friendly lunchboxes, bags, and utensils. This one at Pristine Planet features some interesting choices.
Also Go Green Lunch Boxes has some designs that are powerfully perky.
Some of these containers are going to have plastic, which isn't preferred by me, but may be liked by you. As long as you reuse it, it's still an improvement over throw-away styrofoam containers, in my humble, lunch-eater's opinion.
But for my money, nothing beats a tiffin tin.
I think I bought mine in a container store about ten years ago. I've been using it to store little bits of this-n-that in the kitchen where it works quite wonderfully. But, the only downside of this type of container is that of course, you can't stuff if in the microwave to heat your lunch. But for durability, reusability and general stylishness, it can't be beat. Toss in some cool reusable utensils made of sustainable bamboo easily picked up at Target, Crate N Barrel or just about any other department store and you're home free.
Bringing your lunch to work can't be beat either. I'm going to jump off on what goes inside, but try to keep it close to home and organic. If leftover meatloaf is what you have, well, you are the lucky one! I hope you're eating it on whole grain bread with some really good mustard. I'm betting that this year, bringing lunch to work is the Greenifying, economizing, nutritionalizing retro-trend of the year.