Packing A Healthy Lunch
Tips for a waste–free lunch:
Minimize trash by packing school lunches and snacks in a waste-free way. Teachers and administrators
can use this letter from the Environmental Protection Agency to ask that parents send kids with responsibly-
packaged food and drink.
- Store food and beverages in reusable packaging. Avoid plastic baggies and paper lunch sacks.
- Give kids silverware and cotton napkins instead of their disposable counterparts.
- When serving pre-made foods, choose ones that have minimal packaging or that are available in bulk.
- Recycle any glass or metal containers.
- Encourage your child's school to start a food compost bin for leftover scraps.
Some product ideas for parents:
Big gulps. Sigg Bottles are reusable and made from durable aluminum. ($15.99-$17.99, www.mysigg.com)
Lap it up. This innovative lunch box by Laptop Lunches is ideal for the perfectly portioned meal. ($34.99, www.laptoplunches.com)
In the bag. Adorable and portable, Mimi the Sardine offers their eco-coated cotton lunch bugs in a choice of patterns. ($21.95, www.mimithesardine.com)
Lug–a–lunch. Cool Totes lunch bags are delightfully decorated, insulated, reusable and lead free. ($23.95, www.reusablebags.com)
Fresh Look. The lunch box system by Fit & Fresh gives you endless choices for midday meals. ($9.99, www.fit-fresh.com)
All Wrapped Up. Wrap-N-Mat performs double lunch duty as a sandwich bag and a placemat. ($6.50, www.wrap-n-mat.com)
Paper No More. These colorful cloth napkins come in kid-friendly sizes and six themes, including Beach and Sports. (set of 5, $23, www.fabkins.com)