You already know that bringing your own healthy lunch to school is more nutritious than buying school lunch, right? But have you thought about all the waste that happens if you send food in throw-away plastic baggies and don’t reuse those baggies? I have lunchbox ideas to solve that dilemma.
In a class of 20 students who all bring a snack from home and 8 pack a lunch, that’s 28 plastic bags in the trash for that one classroom. How many classrooms in the school? Let’s say there are 20 classrooms. 28 x 20 = 560 plastic baggies thrown away at one school in one day. Now doesn’t it seem compelling to reuse instead of throw away?
So, consider these reusable lunch bags and containers when your child goes to preschool or elementary school. Here are my favorite choices for eco-friendly back-to-school lunches and snacks.
(We like our lunch box container to be large enough to pack yogurts and water bottles which is why I haven’t included Laptop Lunches on this list.)
Ideas for Inside the Lunch Box
StayFit Lunch 2 Go – a divided lunch tray and lid
Easy Lunch Boxes
*** We use Easy Lunch Boxes (pictured above.) The big bag allows for a yogurt or water bottle as well as the bento box.
LunchBots, stainless steel (plastic free!) lunch, snack, and bento containers.
ReUsies – (remember that these will only work with dry foods and are crushable)
Light My Fire Spork
My kids love these and use them daily.
Melissa and Doug Scootin Turtle Snack Container – these are the perfect snack containers! We use something similar and like that the snacks don’t get crushed by the time you’re ready to eat them.
Annie’s Homegrown, Stonyfield YoKids, Honest Kids and Seventh Generation are offering a Kids Konserve lunch sack with the purchase of participating products July 1, 2011 through September 30, 2011. Annies.com/bts11, print out the form then mail in proof of purchase of all four brands.
More information on packing a waste free lunch:
- Printable from the EPA
- Statistics on lunchtime waste from Reuseit.com
- Ideas for school implementation
- Waste Free Lunch Challenge
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