With back to school in full swing, we wanted to share some tips and ideas about to create a waste free lunch in your home.
Many schools across the country are encouraging and moving towards waste free, litterless or garbage free lunches.
Here are 6 ways to pack to pack your waste free lunch:
1) Reusable Lunch Containers - We love our Lunchbots and Litsie Snack Bags. Snack bags will easily replace the use of ziplock bags and can be reused hundreds of times! At $8 - $10 per bag, the savings will add up quickly! Stainless steel lunch containers are your best bang for your buck. Don't be fooled by the cheaper upfront cost of plastic - they don't last nearly as long. Stainless steel will last you a lifetime!
2) Stainless Steel Drink Bottles - Instead of purchasing milk from the school that comes in a throwaway carton, send your own milk with your children in our Insulated 12oz Stainless Steel Bottle. The great news is that you will save money too! We send water with our kids to school each day in these bottles and have some bottles that we have been a part of our family for over 8 years. The same is true with plastic bottles vs stainless bottles. Stainless will cost you more up front but will last much longer and bring you savings down the line.
3) Reusable Napkins or washcloths - We send our children with reusable napkins (which can usually be found at your local second hand store) or cotton wipes. This way they are not using the paper napkins in the classroom and throwing them out afterwards. Our Bummis Cotton Wipes are the perfect size to roll up in your child's lunch bag!
4) Cutlery - Send reusable cutlery with your kids. Often families are afraid of sending their "good" cutlery to school with their kids for fear of them loosing them. As an affordable option head to your local second hand store or restaurant supply shop (Hendrix is fabulous in Kingston!) and purchase your cutlery in bulk.
5) Bulk Food Purchases - We do our best to purchase our snacks in bulk. This eliminates extra packaging that comes with purchasing in smaller quantities. Dried fruits, crackers, nuts are all foods that can easily be found in bulk. Bring your own reusable containers to your local bulk food store to increase your green footprint.
6) Make your own - Cooking and baking your own snacks will save you money and improve your impact on the environment. Granola bars are a great example of a snack that can be made at home in less than 10 minutes and thus eliminating all those extra packages. Puddings, jello, muffins and even crackers can be made at home with less than 10 minutes prep time. I will update later this week with my favorite muffin and granola bar recipes! Stay tuned.
Check out our video below to see what we are talking about: