Do you have back to school items on your mind? Are you in the market for a new eco-friendly lunch box or sack? Is this the year you’ve promised yourself to stop using plastic sandwich bags and disposable utensils? Good news is that there are a ton of great products out there so you can reduce the amount of waste with the two hundred and some odd lunches you pack this year (times 2 or 3 with multiple kids).
Some ways to save a few trees are by using cloth napkins and we can do our part by lessening landfill waste with reusable utensils. Both can be ported back home the same way they found their way to school — within a lunch box or reusable sack.
Steer clear of prepackaged foods, juice boxes, and pouches, which create even more unnecessary hardship on our land. Not to mention the nutritional benefits to our kids by limiting these options.
And finally, pack your food and drink in reusable containers. Just think of all the money you’d save per child per school year if you packed just two snacks and a drink in reusable containers. Some of the re-usable items seem pricey but the savings is in the plastic bags and teaching our kids the value of reducing, reusing and recycling. Plus, the bento style lunch containers make it much easier to pack healthier options like blueberries, cherries, carrots, snap peas, apples, raisins, dried fruit, sandwiches, left overs, sushi, pasta, brown rice and beans.
Also, remember to pack ice packs if packing foods that can spoil to prevent bacteria that can cause food poisoning.
Here is a list of some great re-usable products.
Gogreeninstages – the waste free lunch kits
Sistema – Harris Teeter is carrying these containers for $7.99
reuseit – Sigg water bottles are on sale
Earthfare is also carrying, Ity Bitty Bite, re-usable lunch containers and water bottles.
I am sure there are other great companies offering similar products so please share what you have found and any great deals!