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Packing your lunch for work or school can be tons better for the planet because you have more control over what you eat. In addition, you don't have to throw away all the packaging that often accompanies carry out food.

Eating out everyday isn't good for your wallet or your waistline. But just because you pack your lunch everyday don't think that you're automatically an eco-friendly eater. How green your lunch is depends on how much waste your lunch produces.

The average disposable "brown bag" lunch creates between 4 and 8 ounces of garbage according to Nubius Organics. That can add up to as much as 100 pounds per year. Not only do prepackaged and processed foods contain excess packaging, they are also up to 25 percent more expensive. And with the alarming increase of childhood obesity and diabetes, it's more important than ever to teach healthy eating habits to our children.

Here are some tips to packing a lunch with minimal waste: