We challenged 50 people from Norfolk and Suffolk to reduce their single-use plastics and food waste by making lunch at home. They reduced both by over 50%. Get in touch to do the same at your workplace.
From sandwich boxes, to crisps and napkins, British workers’ ‘lunch on the go’ habit is generating 10.7 billion items of packaging waste annually and costing £9.9 billion more than if everyone made their lunch at home! In partnership with Norfolk Council and Suffolk Waste Partnership, Hubbub set up The #FoodSavvy Lunch Club to encourage workplaces to reduce their single-use plastic and food waste. The #FoodSavvy Lunch Club was trialled in March 2019 in East Anglia with businesses Aviva, AXA, Environment Agency and BT, challenging a total of 50 employees to go for a month without using single-use packaging at lunch time.
The Lunch Club encourages people to make their own lunch or take a container to their favourite lunchtime spots to save on plastic waste. Five East Anglian cafés and eateries are taking part in the ‘Take Away, Give Back’ scheme, offering discounts to customers who bring their own container. Get in touch to start your own Lunch Club at your workplace or for advice to start the ‘Take Away, Give Back’ in cafés near you.
HOW THE LUNCH CLUB WAS CREATED
Tailored advice. The Lunch Club was given a #FoodSavvy Savings Guide, which provided them with the golden rules for reducing packaging and food waste.
Delicious dishes. The Lunch Club followed a three-week meal plan packed with simple, healthy, sustainable meals and were challenged to make their own meals for the trial’s final week.
Cooking with Emma. Chef Emma Crowhurst demonstrated to the employees how reducing food and single-use plastic waste by making your own lunch can make you healthier and save you money.