Packed Lunch Ideas for Less Waste and More Eco-Friendly

Since my oldest started school several year ago, it has been my mission to come up with packed lunch ideas. There is so much waste involved with packing a lunch everyday, I want to make lunches as environmentally friendly as possible. Now that I have three children in school, the amount of waste can triple if I’m not careful.

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Packed Lunch Ideas With Less Wasted

Here are some packed lunch ideas I have come up with over the years that has helped keep things more eco-friendly.

  • Pack lunches in a reusable lunch bag. Right now my oldest is using a Thirty-One lunch bag that can be washed inside and out. In the past we have used the Built lunch bags that can be thrown in the washing machine.
  • Pack food and snack items in reusable bags and containers. I currently have giveaway where you can enter to win a Snack Happens™ Reusable Snack Bags by Itzy Ritzy! You can wash your reusable bags in your dishwasher or washing machine. They hold up great either way. I have added on to the amount of reusable bags I own, but I also still have the ones from when Megan needed a packed lunch from first grade.
  • For beverages, I have them bring their water in an insulated water bottle. In the past we used none insulated water bottles but I received too many complaints about warm water. I like the steal water bottles since they can be put through the dishwasher without worrying about BPA.
  • If you want your child to bring milk to school with their lunch then putting that in an insulated cold water bottle is great for that too.
  • For utensils, I send our everyday utensils with them to school if needed. However, I never send a knife, just a spoon or a fork.
  • For things such as applesauce, chips, pretzels, etc, I do not buy the individual containers. I buy a large bottle and then put it into a small BPA-Free container that can fit right in their lunch bag. Then I can just wash out the container to use it again.
  • Lastly, try packing cloth napkins instead of paper ones. Again the cloth ones can be washed and re-used. If you do want to use paper napkins, try using them more than one time if possible.

I would love to hear from you if you have more ways to be eco-friendly in your lunch packing!

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I am a work from home mom who dearly loves her 15-year-old daughter, 11-year-old boy/girl twins, and husband. I love my life and feel very blessed by what God has provided for me.

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