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Zero Waste Lunch Options

Kids are back in school and that means cold lunch! Here in Illinois kids are in school for a total of 185 days. I am not going to get into half days and what not, but if we do math really quick it will make this post more important! One cold lunch on average produces 3 sandwich bags and 1 disposable drink. You would need 555 sandwich zip lock bags for just one year of school. Now multiply that by how many kids your have, I have three making my total 1665 sandwich bags, holy cow! Doing price research you would have to purchase 7 boxes of 240 count zip lock sandwich bags at $7.18 each for a grand total of $50.26 before tax. That is just one year, our kids go to school for 13 years if you count kindergarten creating huge waste and lot's of money spent each year. Switching to reusable options not only will reduce your plastic waste but have you figured out how much you can save.

You may be thinking, my child will lose the reusable and let's be realistic totally a possibility, but that shouldn't stop you. Not only is it teaching them responsibility you can explain why it is important. Start of with cheap options until you think they are ready for bigger responsibility. In the end it doesn't matter how much you spent on it, just that you are using a reusable option! If you are ready to make the jump into reusable but are not really sure what is going to work, not to worry I have created a list of options for everyone.




SnapLock by Progressive Lunch Cube To-Go Container - Gray, SNL-1005B Easy-To-Open, Silicone Seal, Snap-Off Lid, Stackable, BPA FREE



LunchBots Large Trio Stainless Steel Lunch Container -Three Section Design for Sandwich and Two Sides - Metal Bento Lunch Box for Kids or Adults - Eco-Friendly - Stainless Lid - All Stainless



Bento Lunch Box | Meal Prep Containers | 7 Pack | Leak Proof | Reusable 3-Compartment Plastic Divided Food Storage Container Boxes for Kids & Adults | Microwave, Dishwasher and Freezer Safe Lucentee



6 Compartment Lunch Boxes. Bento Box Lunchbox Containers for Kids, Boys Girls Adult. BPA-Free Microwave Safe School Bentobox Meal Planning Portion Container. Leak-proof. Set of 2 Blue & Pink Kits.



Bentgo Kids Childrens Lunch Box - Bento-Styled Lunch Solution Offers Durable, Leak-Proof, On-the-Go Meal and Snack Packing (Purple)

Reusable Bags and Containers 



EXTRA THICK Reusable Storage Bags (8 Pack) Silicone and Plastic Free Ziplock for Food, Lunch Sandwich | Small Kids Snack Size, Travel Baggies and More | Bag with Zipper and seal Lock Top Freezer Safe



Langsprit Premium Reusable Sandwich & Snack Bags- Eco Friendly Dishwasher Safe Lunch Bags - Set of 3 - (Hedgehog)



Stasher 100% Silicone Reusable Food Bag, Sandwich Storage Size, 7-inch (15-ounce), Aqua



Sistema Lunch Collection Food Storage Containers, 1.9 Cup, 3 Pack, Blue/Green/Pink | Great for Meal Prep | BPA Free, Reusable



Bentgo Salad (Gray) BPA-Free Lunch Container with Large 54-oz Salad Bowl, 3-Compartment Bento-Style Tray for Salad Toppings and Snacks, 3-oz Sauce Container for Dressings, and Built-In Reusable Fork



Rubbermaid - 1803522 Mini Food Storage Containers, (0.5 Cup), (12 Pack)


Reusable Drink



Hydro Flask 24 oz Water Bottle - Stainless Steel & Vacuum Insulated - Standard Mouth with Leak Proof Flex Cap - Cobalt



Contigo Kids Gizmo Flip Water Bottles, 14oz, French Blue/Coral, 2-Pack



CHILLOUT LIFE Stainless Steel Water Bottle for Kids School: 12 oz Double Wall Insulated Cola Bottle Shape for Cold and Warm Drinks, BPA Free Metal Sports Bottle for Boys, Girls & Women

Utensils and Washable Napkins 



humangear Gobites Mini UNO 3-Pack, Blue/Gray/Green



Utopia Home Restaurant Cloth Napkins 17 x 17 Inches - Black - (Pack of 24)

Are you ready to start zero waste lunch? Did you calculate how much money you are going to save after not having to buy bags, single drinks and napkins? It is so crazy the amount of money that seems so little but adds up to be so much! One last tip, for utensils and napkins, another option is getting a pack of spoons or forks from the dollar tree and then in the fabric section of any store your in, ask to see there fabric remnants. If it happens to be a non fraying material pick it up and cut squares for napkins. Usually will cost you next to nothing and then if they get lost you harm no foul! Have you made the switch to zero waste lunch yet? If so I would love to hear your thought and if you have any other ideas or questions please leave a comment below and let's start a conversation!


Hello welcome to MotherEarth Journal, I am Channon founder, creator and blogger at MotherEarth Inc. Encouraging you to live the best possible life without destroying our planet in the process! Real talk, honest reviews & educational information. Let's save our planet one swap at a time!

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