Almost everything in a vending machine is going to be wrapped or contained in plastic—all those candy bars, bags of chips, large cookies. cracker snacks, and beverages. In fact, the machines themselves are mostly made of plastic too, and often take your money but don’t release the goods anyway! Despite the convenience of being able to purchase a single food item when you’re hungry or thirsty, it just isn’t worth the environmental degradation and harm to birds and other wildlife that plastics represent. Instead, bring snack items from home in washable containers, put them in your office or school frig, and avoid the temptation of a quick fix!