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3 Steps To Minimalist Living

3 Steps To Minimalist Living

ECOlunchbox has put together a simple list of three steps to living a minimalist lifestyle. Living with less cleans up your life and the planet at the same time.

Buy Better Buy Less

As fashion designer Vivienne Westwood said, "Buy Less, Choose Well." Westwood was referring to purchasing a well-made coat rather than shopping at fast-fashion retailers. But the same motto applies to shopping for most anything.

When you invest in a quality made object, it is highly likely to last longer than its quickly-made counterpart. Stainless steel lunch boxes, like our versatile three-level ECOlunchbox Tri Bento can be used to pack food to school or work and it's also great for camping since it can be used over a propane stove to cook and warm foods.

Our stainless steel bentos are made to withstand years of lunches, hundreds of dishwasher cycles and tons of tumbles in a backpack.

People think disposable lunches are easier... but are they really? The truth is they’re harsh on the environment  and heavy on your wallet. Thousands of pieces of trash are generated each year by just one family's packed lunches. That same family can save more than $400 in the long run by avoiding pre-packaged snacks and lunch foods.

Multi Use Wares

Buying items that have more than one use is a great way to cut down on clutter in your house. Kitchen gadgets are notorious for being “unitaskers” as no-nonsense chef Alton Brown regularly calls out in disgust. Many lunch boxes fall in this category, but ECOlunchboxes are made to be modular. Take our Three-in-One, for example. You pack it stacked and clipped together with all three compartments. You can also pack just the top layer or just pack the ECOlunchpod snack container.

And don’t forget our lunch boxes can also be used for more than just lunch! Try them for storing dry goods, saving leftovers, packing camping essentials, toting pet food to-go and more.

Other multi-use wares can be found around your house right now. Look around and see what you have already in your cupboards. A simple jar can be used as a storage container, drinking glass, candle holder, or vase. Why buy four things when you can use just one for all needs?

3-in1 Splash Box

Refuse Single Use

The best way to prevent unnecessary garbage from entering your house is to refuse it in the first place. With your own arsenal of reusable wares, you can be prepared to refuse single-use items that you may not have even thought twice about before.

Just say no to disposable straws and utensils restaurants give you. You can find some amazing reusable straws and stellar utensil sets in our zero-waste accessories shop. We also recommend bringing your own reusable take-out container instead of using the disposable ones often offered by restaurants and food trucks. Our 3-in1 Splash Box is great for packing multiple foods in one handy package.

Whenever possible go zero-waste by purchasing your snacks in the bulk section of your grocery store. You can store these snacks in one of our lunchboxes on your counter until you need to pack up your containers for lunch.

Did you know you can take reusable containers to fill up in the bulkfood section of most stores? There are many great strategies to reducing waste while grocery shopping. For example, have a cashier weigh and mark your ECOlunchbox with a tare weight then fill it with your trail mix, dried fruit or rice. 

Living with less can really clean up your life and the planet at the same time. Remember to follow these simple steps to minimal living and you will be on your way! 

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