Now that back-to-school is in full swing, (for most) packing lunches is a daily occurrence. Have you ever thought about what you use when you put your child’s lunch together? Are there a lot of ziplock bags, plastic utensils, paper towels and juice boxes? If so, you are not alone. What you may not realize is that most of that packaging ends up in the garbage and landfills.
It’s actually easier than you think to pack an eco-friendly lunch and it’s more cost-effective in the long run. Here are 5 Ways to Pack a Green Lunch:
1. Lunch Bag – Instead of a brown paper bag or plastic bag, invest in a nice, sturdy lunch box that is big enough to hold everything and will last you a long time. Some of my favourites are bento style lunch boxes that give you a variety of options and cuts down on the trash.
2. Sandwich Bags – We are all guilty of using sandwich bags, it’s just so convenient. Well, last year I made a pact to stop using them for any part of packing lunch and it’s been so easy. We bought a variety of containers in different sizes as well as reusable cloth sandwich bags and it’s been working really well. There are so many different sizes and types to buy. Or it you’re crafty, you can even make your own.
3. Paper Napkins – This is something I started doing recently. Instead of sending a paper towel for your child to wipe their hands or clean up their spills, include a cloth napkin. You can just add it into the lunch box and then put it with the laundry when they get home.
4. Juice Boxes – Instead of sending your child juice boxes everyday, invest in a nice stainless steel or BPA-Free bottle and use that instead. You can fill it with water or juice from a bigger bottle which will not only be more eco-friendly, it’ll also be a cost-saver.
5. Plastic Utensils – My last suggestion is to get a portable cutlery set and pack it in the lunch box instead of using plastic forks and spoons that get thrown away. It’ll get your child to be more responsible for their things and keep that plastic out of the landfills.
Remember, even though these tips are geared towards kids lunches, we can all incorporate them when we pack our lunches as well. Even if you can’t do everything, every little step adds up to make a big difference
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*I was not compensated in any way to write this post. All opinions, as always, are mine. A big thank you to Organically Hatched for providng the ‘Green’ Lunch Set giveaway.