My son started kindergarten last year and besides feeling sad that my little boy was going to school every day, I also felt lost when it came to making school lunches.
I turned to Pinterest for ideas. I found a lot of suggestions for the actual food to prepare, but I didn’t find a lot of suggestions for items to use for packing the lunch.
I am in no way the perfect environmentalist, but I try really hard to eliminate waste and garbage if I can.
But one thing that was weighing on me about packing a lunch is all the garbage that was produced because of it – mainly plastic sandwich bags, napkins, and juice boxes/water bottles.
Ultimately, the only thing I wanted my son throwing out was any food he didn’t finish. And even with that, I have a rule that any part of his lunch that isn’t finished is brought home and used as an after school snack. I really can’t stand waste.
We used most of the school lunch must-haves I am sharing with you last year and it worked out great! I’m planning on introducing cloth napkins this year and we will see how that goes.
You will also save money using these must-haves items because you aren’t buying sandwich bags, pre-portioned snacks, or juice boxes! Eco-friendly and you save money. It’s a win-win!
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Check Out the Following Eco-Friendly Must-Haves for School Lunches
I love that these are soft and flexible so it’s easy for my son to stuff it in his backpack. Plus, it has a little pouch to keep his drink or any other item he doesn’t want with the rest of his lunch.
These are also easy to clean, just run a damp cloth around the inside of the lunchbox to catch any crumbs or spilled messes.
You can use this for the sandwich (or whatever main lunch item you have) and then put fruit/veggies and a treat on the top compartment.
I recommend you have two of these so you can rotate them.
These are dishwasher friendly also which makes for easy clean up.
By far, my favorite items. You can use the reusable sandwich bags for anything you would put in a baggie. Plus, you receive multiple sizes. I love the smaller ones for veggie stix, or Goldfish.
These are so awesome that my son’s teacher even commented on what a great idea reusable bags are!
You can buy really fun prints too!