September 2nd, 2014

Waste Free Lunch Gear to Add to Your Lunch Box

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Groovy Green Livin Waste Free Lunch Gear

Packing a waste free lunch has become second nature in our home. There aren’t many plastic baggies to choose from- we ditched those a few years ago- and there are plenty of reusable options.

All three boys pack their own waste free lunch with a little guidance from mom and dad. The process isn’t pretty. Food and crumbs are generally everywhere. If you’re able to let this piece go (I still have a hard time with it!) the independant lunch packing process is worth it. Through making their own lunch they are beginning to understand what a green and healthy lunch looks like.

What is a waste free lunch?

Children’s lunches create more than 3.5 billion pounds of garbage each year, which amounts to 18,760 pounds of trash annually from an average sized elementary school. Think of all the paper napkins, plastic utensils and plastic water bottles that go straight to the landfill!

By using reusable products we can all kick off the school year in an eco-friendly way.

We’ve added a few waste free reusable options to our lunch box options this year. 

1. Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Food Canister

I really love the Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Food Canister. It  comes in two sizes-   16 -Ounce and 8-Ounce and both are perfect for snacks and other lunch box items. The canisters have a screw on stainless steel lid that closes tightly and prevents leaking. These containers are not insulated and will not keep items hot or cold.

2. ONYX 2 Layer Sandwich Box

Another brilliant creation- this Onyx Stainless Steel 2-Layer Large Sandwich Box comes with two stackable layers that close firmly together with a locking system. The top layer is perfect for a sandwich and the bottom, larger layer is perfect for a side item such as grapes, crackers or any other lunch time treat. This system could be used as your lunch box or can be packed in your reusable, waste free lunch bag.

3. EcoLunchBox Blue Water Bento Splash Box

The ECOlunchbox – Blue Water Bento Splash Box is ocean themed with a stainless steel bottom and silicone lid.  The lid is designed to be easy to open for all ages, with tabs on all corners for little fingers to grab and open. This box is the perfect size for grapes, crackers and other lunch-time snacks.

4. LunchBots Duo Stainless Steel Food Container

We love the duo LunchBots and have a few in different colors. Our favorite way to pack up a LunchBots Duo is to put slices of cheese on one side and crackers on the other. LunchBots containers are plastic and BPA-free. One word of caution-don’t pack anything that could leak in this container since it’s not air tight.

What are some of your favorite waste free lunch gear?

If you’re looking for a safe, non-toxic lunch box, HERE are a few of my picks.

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*Some links in this post are affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may get a small commission if you make a purchase. Thanks for your support in this way! I would also like to thank ONYX, Klean Kanteen and ECOLunchBox for samples of their products. All opinions are my own.



15 Responses to “Waste Free Lunch Gear to Add to Your Lunch Box”

  1. I went with a bento box this year too. I am tired of the sandwich baggies. Wish me luck!

    Great compilation.

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  3. I don’t have any stainless in my lunch love! I feel like it’s all very spendy. Do you think it’s worth it?

  4. All of this looks awesome. I would love to have some of these for my kids’ lunches! Thanks so much.

  5. Love this post so much! We use bento boxes and they have decreased our waste from lunches so much!

  6. I’ve always wanted to try some of these options, but am not sure how well they would work with kiddos who have some motor issues. Have you found the majority easy to open/close?

  7. Great question Pilar. The ECOLunchBox would be perfect. The silicone top is very easy to open and there are plenty of spots for easy removal.

  8. Thanks Lauryn. Bento Boxes are great! So many different compartments for the food.

  9. You’re welcome Annie. Let me know what you decide to try.

  10. I do think it’s worth it Sharon. They last forever! More money upfront, but it pays for itself. What are you using now?

  11. Good luck Nicole! I think you’ll be very happy with your choice.

  12. I love that there are so many great options for a waste free lunch these days!

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  15. […] Children’s lunches create more than 3.5 billion pounds of garbage each year, which amounts to a crazy 18,760 pounds of trash annually from an average sized elementary school. That’s a lot of waste. Making a lunch box zero-waste through the use of reusable products will minimize the amount of garbage kids create through their school lunch. Check out some of my favorite waste-free lunch gear HERE. […]

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