Our Evergreens (IVA's Green Team) have challenged us to be the solution and help reduce waste that ends up in our oceans or landfills. They are encouraging students to bring a lunch that includes as many items as possible that can be eaten, reused, recycled and as few items as possible that must be thrown away. Parents can help by including only what your child can eat, using reusable containers or bags, or buying non-perishable foods in bulk. This is not a requirement, simply a helpful list of ideas for sourcing a trash free lunch.
If you purchase reusable lunch-ware from www.MightyNest.com, they will donate money back to IVA!
• Ziploc Divided Lunch Containers are inexpensive, leak-proof, and easy-to-use with only one lid to open.
• Rubbermaid Lunch Blox
• Lunch Bots are a stainless steel option, also available on mightynest.com
• Thermos Bottles are insulated, leak-proof, durable, and they don’t sweat on the outside.
• Thermos Containers are great for sending warm lunches when you need a break from sandwiches …think oatmeal, soups or leftovers.
• Gladware Mini Round Containers are the perfect size for a single muffin and it also keeps them from getting mushed.
• Rubbermaid Blue Ice Flexible Ice Blankets can be cut to any size.
• Soft Sided Lunch Bags (like these) fit ziplock containers well.
• Neoprene Lunch Bags are easy to clean, compact when not in use and do a great job insulting food.
• Smoothie Pop Molds (a.k.a. Ice Pop Makers) are a great way to freeze smoothies, yogurt and applesauce. Then wedge them into the Ziplock divided containers where they partially defrost by lunchtime.
• Reusable Napkins can also be found on Amazon, or homemade…
• Reusable Flatware - another option is to buy a stainless set at Target, 99 cents only!, etc. and designating it for lunches only.
• Silicone Cups/Muffin Liners make great dividers for inside one piece containers.
Another great resource is www.100daysofrealfood.com - Search “Lunch Supplies” for a good list with images and links to purchase. Also a great blog for lunch ideas and recipes!
There are many similar options at stores like Marshalls, Target, Walmart, Kmart, 99 Cents Only!, Costco, Etsy.com or Amazon.com that might be more cost effective. Thank you for exploring trash-free lunch options with us!