SUSTAINABLE STAPLES: LUNCH EDITION
Now that school is back in swing, its a good time to assess your lunch containers and whether you’re helping promote a sustainable lifestyle and then share with you our favorite sustainable lunch and snack carrier options.
If you’re wondering why you should go sustainable when it comes to your kids’ lunch (or even your own) consider these fine points:
- The amount of trash produced by single-use products. Lets say you pack a sandwich in a plastic bag, you take a bottle of water and then a bag of chips – all producing waste – and then times that by everyone in your office or your child’s school, every single day. It’s a lot, on average a school-aged child throws away 67 POUNDS of packaging waste per year. Yikes.
- Not to mention that plastics can contain some not so savory by-products and toxins.
- Like to save money? Using a sustainable/reusable option might be more expensive up front, but it will definitely save you in the long run! We’re talking hundreds over the course of a year – that’s what I like to hear.
- And health wise – processed foods do us no favors, from high sodium to artificial ingredients, when you can prep your child’s food fresh the morning of or night before, you’re offering up much more healthy solutions for your family (or yourself).
This doesn’t have to be complicated, source out some stainless steel pods or glass containers of all sizes to pack sandwiches, fruits, veggies – or even a nifty bento box style to put everything together. Then grab some stainless water bottles (or glass if you have a responsible child – or you’re responsible yourself) and reusable sandwich bags/wraps or at least ones that are compostable. Then consider a lunch box or bag made of non-toxic materials. Start small, build your collection, and in no time it’ll be like second nature.
Need some ideas, of course we got you!
Pura Kiki with Straw
If you don't own Pura bottles, this is a great investment! These bottles are so durable and can really take a daily beating! The straw bottle is great for young kids made from 100% medical grade silicone. There's no fuss! And they make a sippy spout we used when younger, so it's super versatile, you just pop the spout in and out as your child grows. It also comes in insulated if you like hot or cold beverages! A definite must have!
So Young Large Cooler Bag
We've been huge fans of So Youngs products since our son was born, but now we upgraded from the lunch box to the large cooler bag - and it is amazing for packing whatever you want. The raw linen bags are machine washable and hold up really well, and we know kids are messy so that's a win. Great for adults, family outings or all day food needs for school aged kids!
U Konserve Medium Divided To-Go
Our favorite simply because it fits just enough for lunch and the partition makes it easy to get in a rounded meal! The partition can be removed too which is nice for pastas or a small salad!
U Konserve Mini Containers
I know I just said salad, so these little containers are perfect for dressings, dipping sauces or even just small portions. The lids fit super secure, so no mess here!
EcoVessel Frost Triple Insulated Flip Spout
Another awesome water bottle option are these stainless steel, insulated bottles that keeps drinks temperature for 36 hours. The flip spout is easy to use for many ages and they wash up beautifully. No BPA, no phthalates, no liners. (Again, huge fan of the adult version especially while driving or in cycling class, no fussing with a cap!)
U Konserve Food Cozy Wrap
These washable, reusable wraps are amazing. You can pack a sandwich or use to store blocks of cheese - just like you would use plastic wrap, this durable, Made from LDPE #4 plastic wrap saves the waste and keeps food super fresh.
U Konserve Round Nesting Trio
Small, Medium and Large, great for anything you could come up with for lunch. BPA-free, phthalate-free and lead-free - and the lids are leak proof!
Pura Sport Jr.
This Non Toxic Certified Sport version is a dream (I am obsessed with the adult size). The medical grade silicone Big Mouth® Sport top eliminates distracting drinking or lid removal noises of traditional bottles. You just pop the top and gulp away, keeping kids hydrated no matter if they're playing sports or studying.
Sandwich Sack by Snack Taxi
PB&J never looked so good! This Eco-PUL™ lightweight polyester interlock (knit) fabric is food safe and fits sandwiches and bagels perfectly. You can hand wash or pop in the washer and reduce waste, all while looking super cute!
U Konserve Stainless Steel Straw
An awesome way to reduce waste, these stainless steel straws are a breeze to clean and are a wide width, perfect for smoothies!
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