I have a confession. I’m kind of a container and lunchbox-stuff junkie. And at this time of year, with so many back-to-school things in the stores, I naturally gravitate to the lunchbox aisle and all the fun, new options that seem to show up each year. I love to browse through all the different choices and the kids and I have fun choosing new items for those of ours that may need replacing. With Back-To-School, many stores have additional supplies for packing lunches–now is the time to stock up and take advantage of their sales. And keeping our lunches waste-free is certainly a plus in my book!
Our stock lunchbox packing items currently include:
–Reusable lunch tote
–Reusable insulated beverage container
–Reusable sandwich container
–Reusable food jars (we like the Thermos FUNtainers)
–Cute freezer “blue-ice” packs to keep everything cold that needs to stay cold
–Reusable snack containers or Reusable snack/sandwich/whatever bags (my kids get to take a snack to school to keep at their desks because their lunches are so crazy early in the morning!)
–Cloth napkins (my mom made us some cute ones but keep reading for info. on purchasing some for yourself)
Here’s a photo of our recent trip to Target…see all the wonderful reusable lunch bag choices? Makes it tough, huh? (the picture is a little fuzzy…I was trying to be covert when I was taking it!)
This shows some more choices and these neat containers that I found this year from Aladdin. Their Chill Sandwich and Chill Snack Pack containers come with a removable ice pack that you can keep in the freezer and it pops easily right into the container to keep your foods cold. Genius!
If you don’t have or want to buy the Aladdin packs or want to keep other foods cold, try these fun cold packs that you can keep in the freezer and slide into the lunch bag when packing.
There are SO many choices of how to take your lunch on the go all the while keeping a thought to making our planet more “green” (and saving you some money in the long run!). Here are a few other websites with tons of options to help you find something that will work for you!
Green My Lunch LOTS of different retailers offering reusable food containers. Save 10% from participating retailers when you use the coupon code on their site now through September 6, 2010; join their Facebook page and enter to win daily giveaways too!
Reusit.com Takes going green on the go to the next level.
Waste-Free Lunches Learn how to make your kids school or your work a little greener!
Laptop Lunches They have a neat monthly email newsletter you can sign up to get–tons of great tips, lunch ideas and more!
Easy Lunchboxes’>Easy Lunchboxes An all-in-one compartmentalized lunchbox system.
Ecochic Reusable Snack/Sandwich/Whatever bags…these are my other “venture”–check it out!
I’m sure there are many more options so if you have any suggestions, please share them in the comments section or email me. If I get a bunch more, I’ll do another post. There are so many people out there writing about it I figured I didn’t really need to recreate the wheel…just push it along a bit! Hopefully you’ve got lots of great ideas now to get you and your kids going green for back to school.
Disclosure: I have either purchased myself or done research online for the products mentioned here. The stores mentioned did not provide any compensation. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. No additional compensation was received.