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4 Easy Ways to Pack a Greener Lunch

August 30, 2010 by momfarah
shefinds | Kids

Looking to decrease your child’s carbon footprint at lunch? Packing a more eco-friendly lunch is easy and doesn’t have to be expensive, either. Just follow these 4 simple steps and you’ll be on your way to greener lunches in the new school year.

1.  Choose an eco-friendly lunchbox. The Yubo Deluxe Lunchbox ($30) comes loaded with three reusable containers and an ice pack to keep your kiddo’s lunch fresh. It’s BPA- and phthalate-free, and you can throw the entire thing in the dishwasher so it never gets funky inside.  Besides being green, it’s also fun for the kids. Choose from over a dozen faceplates you can easily swap out, and if he still doesn’t find something that catches his eye, you can upload his favorite photos.

Lunchskins Reusable Lunch Bags 2.  Skip the plastic baggies. Even if you’ve already purchased a lunch box, you can still go green by using reusable sandwich bags.  Lunchskins are just as convenient as plastic baggies and they’re dishwasher safe.  Choose from several sizes and fun designs, starting at $6 each.

Crocodile Creek Stainless Steel Drinking Bottle

3.  Ditch the plastic water bottle or juice box. This Crocodile Creek Stainless Steel Drink Bottle helps you cut down on waste (and the sugary drinks!) and is the perfect size for little hands.  Choose from a variety of fun colors to match your child’s personality.

Mabels Labels Classic Sticky Labels 4.  Label everything! Prevent your child’s lunchbox (and all his other school supplies) from landing in the lost and found or, worse, the dumpster, by labeling it.  These Mabel’s Labels Sticky Labels ($19 for 45) are dishwasher- and microwave-safe and once you slap them on, they’re not going anywhere.

Have other tips? Share them with us in the comments.

Find more cool lunch boxes, plus the best boys’ backpacks and the best girls’ backpacks in our buying guides.

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