When most people think about back to school shopping they think of new clothes, notebooks, pencils and erasers. How about lunch? It’s time to rethink how we pack our kid’s lunch if we want to reduce our carbon footprint. Using paper bags, aluminum foil, plastic bags or cellophane wrap that gets thrown out every day is not good for our planet or your budget. If you are looking to start the school year off on a greener note, I have some products to share you will want to hear about.
Instead of a paper bag, a reusable insulated lunch bag is a better choice. There are so many styles and designs to choose from that are so much fun for kids of all ages. The PackIt freezable lunch cooler is designed to keep contents cooler, longer: Food stays colder for up to 10 hours thanks to the patented freezable gel built right into the liner. Just fold and freeze the empty bag overnight and you are good to pack and go. The bag will fit a sandwich, snack and 12 oz. beverage. There is a zip closure to lock in the cold, dry air, buckle handle that clips onto to backpacks or tote bags. Made from food-safe poly canvas that is PVC, BPA, phthalate and lead free. This bag available on Amazon.com is easy to care for because the interior wipes clean and the exterior is spot clean.
The Eco Vessel Collapsible Silicone Lunchbox is a single compartment, collapsible container with a spork, multi-use utensil that stores right in the lid. This leak-proof food container holds a generous snack or meal. The container is food-grade, BPA Free Silicone and is dishwasher, microwave (do not heat with cover) and freezer safe This collapsible container available at Jet.com is easy to store and carry in a tote or backpack.
Little ones will love the assortment of whimsical characters in the Skip Hop Zoo Lunchie Kids and Toddler Insulated Lunch Bag. These bags are sized just right for little kids with a roomy main compartment and an inside mesh pocket. The insulated interior wipes clean and keeps sandwiches, snacks and drinks cold. The available coordinating lunch case fits perfectly inside the Zoo Lunchie and is easy for little hands to open and close. The rubber seal lock the lid in place to prevent leaks. There is a snack container with lid that fits inside. Check out the whole collection at Target.
This Wildkin lunch box features a roomy, insulated interior that keeps food and beverage at just the right temperature. Available at Kohls, these great, soft-sided lunch boxes come in so many designs for boys and girls. They feature a zippered pocket, mesh pouch, easy carry handle, and interior tabs to hold ice packs and water bottles.
If you like to think outside the box, you will love the Mr. Bento lunch jar set. This insulated lunch jar has multiple containers to keep food hot or cold. The stainless steel body has a polished finish and comes with a zippered bag for easy toting. This unique lunch jar is available at JCPenney.
Packing lunch in ways that cut down on waste will not only save you money but it will show your kids that you care about the Earth and their future.