Zero Waste Lunch

Evie recently started going to school full day a few days a week. She loves the extra time with her wonderful teachers and nice friends.

I am now faced with one more nightly task to complete before bed: making Evie’s lunch for the next day. As a homemade mother, I strive to pack a zero waste lunch for Evie every day.  Its much easier than most people might think.

Evie’s sandwich is packed in a reusable snack bag. We have some from Itzy Ritzy and Snack Taxi.  The cute patterns and easy-open closures make lunch time fun for Evie.  With these easy-to-clean snack bags there is NO need for earth-choking plastic snack bags.

Instead of a disposable brown paper bag Evie brings a personalized lunch box.  Its easy to wipe-out and easy to carry.

To further reduce waste, we avoid juice boxes and opt for water in a reusable Klean Kanteen kids water bottle.  It doesn’t leak, and it is dishwasher safe.  We never leave home without it.

I also pack real fruit in “natural” packaging – bananas or oranges are easy to transport and easy to peel.  Empty calorie snacks filled with sugar and wrapped in plastic aren’t necessary to keep her tummy full.

As a final touch, I’ll grab some scrap paper and write a little note to Evie in simple sight words she understands.  Just so she knows I love her!

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Written by Maureen

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  1. Lisa Fox says:

    I absolutely strive for zero waste, and have for the past 3 years that I’ve been packing lunches. I own lunchboxes from http://www.easylunchboxes.com/ – they are plastic, but not the toxic kind, and easy to clean. I can pack a sandwich and two sides, usually fresh fruit easy to eat, and send a Kleen Canteen of water as well. My kids love it and it’s very easy to clean. Thanks for all of your ideas!

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