Lunch. The eternal midday dilemma. Do I pack my own and take it to the office, or eat out and brave the world of disposable flatware? And what about the kids? Do I hand them a couple bucks and tell them, “Hope it’s sloppy Joes today!” Or do I pack them a painstakingly prepared meal that they’ll probably just trade to Jimmy Jones for a cookie and a bag of Fritos?

Luckily for you, Umbra is here with some thoughts on earth-friendly lunch packaging, suggestions for tasty (and meat-free) meals — even a few words of wisdom about the lunch lady.


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