An Eco-Friendly Lunchbox

lunchbox]Because I pack my daughter’s lunch for school everyday, we have quite  a few reusable containers and bags.  I try to be cost-effective,  so we do not have all top-of-the-line stainless steel and glass canisters.  Also, glass is quite heavy for a child’s lunchbox, so I usually use glass for myself.  These are some of my favorite child-friendly reusable lunchbox items.

1. I always let my daughter pick a fun reusable lunchbox (the one pictured is a licensed character lunchbox, so I turned it around).  I can still remember when I was in school some children used the brown paper bags. Thankfully, those seem to be a thing of the past.

2. She has reusable heavy duty plastic Blue Avocado bags  – I absolutely love these bags for foods like grapes, apple slices, or anything with moisture.  They are easy for little hands to open and have not leaked on us at all.

3. Next, we use plastic BPA-free food containers.  We have Lunchblox containers which have held up really well.  I also use Sistema containers and love them as well.  They are also very easy for young children to open and close, which is definitely a must!

4. I love the HustleMama reusuable cloth snack bags I bought last year.  Her prints are adorable and they have held up so well under constant use.  I toss them in the washing machine and I have not had any issues.  My daughter loved picking out the prints.  We use these for things like crackers and pretzels.

5. She gets a reusable cloth napkin aka “unpaper towel”.  I bought bird’s eye cotton napkins years and years ago, and I still use them!  I cannot remember which Etsy seller I purchased these from, but there are tons to choose from.  This napkin was from a pack of 12 cloth napkins with different edging colors.  The great thing about cloth napkins is they can really handle a big mess and won’t rip or tear.

6. Lastly, she has a reusable stainless steel water bottle – this one is from Sigg, a Swiss company that makes super cute kid’s water bottles. We don’t drink pop or juice in our house, so a water bottle is key, plus it reduces waste since we are not buying disposable drink boxes.  My daughter is so conditioned to drink water that she actually prefers it and asks for it!

Every day when she comes home, it’s her job to clean out her lunchbox. I think these type of chores teach responsibility.  Although occasionally there is a bit of trash, like a granola bar wrapper, for the most part there is no trash to throw away.

The best part of an eco-friendly lunchbox?  Enjoying the creative patterns, colors, and individuality that comes from all your unique, beautiful, reusable food storage!

What is your favorite eco-friendly lunch storage?

 

3 Simple Eco-Friendly Home Upgrades

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Do you sometimes find yourself looking for a way you can be more “eco-friendly” but you don’t want to overhaul anything in your life?  These are three super simple changes that actually make a positive environmental difference!

Filtered Water PitcherNo more plastic water bottles!  We have a Brita water pitcher very similar to this style, and love it.  Alternately, you could purchase a water filter that mounts directly to your faucet, like this one.

Cloth Napkins (aka Unpaper Towels) – No paper towels! – OK, I do keep a roll of paper towels under the kitchen sink, only to be used for the ickiest of moments (like doggy messes).  Otherwise, we always use cloth napkins for dining, snacks, wiping off tables, and practically anything else you would use a paper napkin or paper towel for.  It saves money, is easy, and frankly cloth napkins are nicer that dining with paper napkins.  My favorite place to buy cloth napkins is Etsy – there are a ton of options.  I prefer Birdseye Cotton as well.

Rechargeable BatteriesAlmost zero battery waste! At this point, 99% of the batteries in use in our home are rechargable.  The only ones that aren’t are those we haven’t replaced yet.  I love rechargeable batteries.  They last such a long time and I don’t ever have to worry about running to the store to get more batteries for anything.  I remember being a teenager with a portable CD player (anyone remember those?!) that took 4 AA batteries – and I was constantly replacing them and trashing the used ones.  Awful.  I’m so glad there are rechargeable batteries.  They are absolutely worth the cost.

What small changes have you made to make a positive environmental difference?