Green Your Lunchbox

The other day, I was driving my kids to school – my daughter had a field trip later that day. I asked her if she was excited for the trip and she said yes but then she paused, and from the back seat of the car she said, “Mom, there is one thing that I don’t like about field trips.” “What’s that?” I asked. “Well, I have to throw away all that trash from my lunch.”


Photo: Eco Lunchbox
 

Right then, I just started to laugh. I couldn’t help it. It was so cute and I was also so proud. The thing is, whenever the kids have a field trip, the instructions are very clear that their lunch must be completely disposable – no items will come back to school with them. It’s a big difference for my kids over the lunches they normally take to school. Their reusable lunch containers make them aware of the trash generated by a typical lunch, and they don’t like to create this waste.

It’s a small part of our daily lives, but actually, our kids’ lunches can have a big impact. The average school-age child eating a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of waste per school year. That equates to 18,760 pounds of lunch waste during the year for just one average-size elementary school.

There is also a hidden cost of disposable lunches – convenience foods are expensive and generally not as healthy for your children. In fact, if you switch to using reusable containers rather than traditional baggies and pre-packaged food, you will save about $250 per school year per child, and feed your kids healthier food too. 

For a greener lunch, there are lots of great reusable container options.

Here are a few:

  • Laptop Lunch mom-invented lunch kits that are American-style bento boxes designed to help families pack nutritious, environmentally-friendly lunches. These sustainable lunch containers (which are lead-free, made of FDA approved polypropylene plastic) are reusable, recyclable, and dishwasher safe. Laptop lunches are also portioned controlled to help you provide the right amount of food for your child.
  • Eco Lunchbox -  these kits are 100% plastic-free, waste-free, lead-free, BPA-free, PVC-free and vinyl-free.
  • Lunch Sense -  the machine washable, BPA/lead/PVC free lunchbox is available in three sizes to suite all ages and stages of lunch packing.
  • LunchBots -  sandwich or snack size containers, a great choice if you would like to avoid plastic containers. Made entirely from the highest quality 18/8 stainless steel.
  • To Go Ware -  a good selection of stainless steel food containers, food carriers and (my favorite) the To Go Ware utensil set that you can carry in your purse – never use plastic utensils again!
  • Water Bottles – And of course, don’t forget the reusable water bottle. There are many on the market. I prefer stainless steel like Klean Kanteen or aluminum like SIGG bottles over plastic because my kids leave their water bottles in the sun and I’m concerned about the potential leaching of chemicals from plastic bottles when exposed to heat.

So, my daughter enjoyed her trip and got over the fact that she had to throw away her paper lunch sack, a couple plastic baggies, and plastic water bottle. Because, like we discussed that morning, we can’t do everything perfectly all the time, and having a disposable lunch a couple times a year for a field trip is not something to worry about. But, we are back in our normal routine now – the kids headed out the door with their waste-free lunches this morning. Now, if I can just get them to actually eat it all – I guess that’s the next step. It’s still a work in progress.

Learn more about Allison at

Related posts:

(Video) How to make Leggings via @Stitchless_TV
Wellness with @IvyJoeva: The #1 Thing You Need (Video)
Raw Recipe: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream via @NataliaKW

23 Comments

  • This website is amazing. I will tell about it to my friends and anybody that could be interested in this subject. Great work guys!

  • This website is amazing. I will tell about it to my friends and anybody that could be interested in this subject. Great work guys!

  • This website is amazing. I will tell about it to my friends and anybody that could be interested in this subject. Great work guys!

  • This website is amazing. I will tell about it to my friends and anybody that could be interested in this subject. Great work guys!

  • This website is amazing. I will tell about it to my friends and anybody that could be interested in this subject. Great work guys!

  • This website is amazing. I will tell about it to my friends and anybody that could be interested in this subject. Great work guys!

  • Wow! Your website is amazing!! I will suggest it to my wife and anybody that could be drwn to this topic. Great work guys!

  • This is cool! This information is astounding :D I will suggest it to my wife and anyone that could be attracted to this topic. Great work girls.

  • Wow! This information is great. I will suggest it to my friends and any person that could be attracted to this subject. Great work guys!!

  • This is nice! This site is amazing! I will tell about it to my friends and anyone that could be interested in this topic. Great work guys <3

  • This website is amazing. I will tell about it to my friends and anybody that could be interested in this subject. Great work guys!

  • I have been surfing online more than 4 hours today, yet I
    never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for
    me. In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made
    good content as you did, the net will be much more useful than ever before.

  • Hi there to all, the contents existing at this web page are genuinely remarkable for people experience, well,
    keep up the nice work fellows.

  • Howdy, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i
    was just wondering if you get a lot of spam responses? If so how do you reduce it, any plugin or anything you can suggest?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any help is
    very much appreciated.

  • Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Finding the time and
    actual effort to produce a very good article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole
    lot and never manage to get anything done.

  • Nice post. I used to be checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed!
    Very helpful info specifically the final phase :
    ) I take care of such information a lot. I was seeking this particular info for a long time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

  • I all the time emailed this website post page to all my associates,
    as if like to read it then my friends will too.

  • Howdy! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group?

    There’s a lot of folks that I think would really
    enjoy your content. Please let me know. Thank you

  • Hi Dear, are you really visiting this web page regularly, if so after that you will without doubt obtain nice experience.

  • 1. Thanks for the great post keep up the amazing work.

  • The very crux of your writing while appearing reasonable at first, did not work very well with me personally after some time. Somewhere within the sentences you managed to make me a believer but only for a short while. I still have a problem with your jumps in logic and you would do well to fill in those gaps. When you can accomplish that, I would undoubtedly end up being fascinated.

  • I’ll immediately grab your rss as I can’t find your email subscription link or e-newsletter service. Do you have any? Kindly let me know in order that I could subscribe. Thanks.

  • I enjoy you because of all your valuable effort on this web site. Ellie enjoys doing research and it is simple to grasp why. My partner and i notice all relating to the dynamic mode you make vital guides via the blog and as well as welcome participation from other individuals about this article while my girl is truly understanding a lot. Have fun with the rest of the new year. Your carrying out a splendid job.