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Eliminating disposable items is key in packing an eco-friendly lunch. Here are some ideas of what can be replaced to create a more eco-friendly lunch.
Disposable brown paper bags have become a thing of the past with all the great options for lunch containers today.
- Laptop Lunches puts a new spin on lunch containers with its Bento Lunch Boxes. These lunch boxes feature small BPA-free plastic containers with sealable lids that fit neatly into the hard plastic box. The lunch possibilities are endless when using these unique containers. The containers are all dishwasher safe so they are easily cleaned.
- Dabbawalla makes a unique lunch bag that is made of Ariaprene which is degradable, recyclable and 100% free of toxic chemicals. These bags are very durable and can be machine washed. They are quite spacious and include 2 interior pockets (one of which is perfect for a reusable water bottle).
Plastic wrap and baggies contribute to landfill waste and therefore should be avoided when packing your lunch. There are several reusable solutions to try.
- Snack Taxi has been creating reusable snack and sandwich bags for almost 10 years. Their cloth products are well-made and quite durable. The Velcro closure keeps food contained inside. The bags are machine washable and can be used over and over. They come in a large array of fabrics and sizes. You can also order them with special labels such as "nut free" and "gluten free" to alert others of special dietary needs.
- Kids Konserve makes many reusable containers perfect for the lunchbox. One of these is called a Food Kozie which is a made of tough BPA-free plastic and is a reusable wrap perfect for sandwiches. The wrap has a Velcro closure and can be wiped clean after each use. Stainless steel containers are also produced by Kids Konserve. These containers are great for storing snacks and other lunch items. The lids make the containers leak-proof. A variety of available sizes means there is a perfect container for all lunch box needs.
It is important for children to have access to water at lunch and during the day. Due to the potential leaching of chemicals into water from plastic, it's best to select a stainless steel water bottle for your child. Klean Kanteen makes a variety of sturdy stainless steel bottles. Their 12 ounce Kid Kanteen is the perfect size to slip into a lunchbox or backpack and has a sports cap that makes water easily accessible even for young children. The large mouth openings on the Kanteens make them easy to clean.
If you'd like to pack some soup or leftovers in your child's lunch, Klean Kanteen also carries an insulated Kanteen that can keep food warm for up to 6 hours.
Wilmington Parent is giving away an amazing prize package to one lucky reader which includes: a Bento Lunch Box from Laptop Lunches, one 12 ounce Kid Kanteen from Klean Kanteen and a set of 2 Food Kozies from Kids Konserve.
If you'd like to win this package, please make a comment below and include your e-mail address. Prize winner will be announced September 17.