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How to Pack a Kid-Friendly, No-Waste Lunch for Your Child!

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Did you know that the average school-age child throws away 67 pounds of trash every year from their lunchbox alone! Think of all those paper and plastic bags, napkins, and wrappers - it's nuts!

In this episode of Green Living, get tips for reducing lunchbox waste while packing a kid-friendly portable meal. Think reusable food-storage bags, cute containers, fun lunchboxes and more!


Do you pack your child's lunch? What kind of containers, etc, do you use? Did this video inspire you to try some new packaging ideas?

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by on May. 24, 2012 at 11:23 AM
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cemcnair
by Courtney on May. 24, 2012 at 2:10 PM
Old jeans with just a fold under top like a sandwich baggie! Meg showed me :)

Quoting Cafe AmyS:

 I've seen some great ideas for reusable baggies, how are you making yours?


Quoting cemcnair:

No packed lunches yet, but I'm working on some reusable baggies!

 

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cemcnair
by Courtney on May. 24, 2012 at 2:11 PM
Love it! Thanks!

Quoting Cafe Amanda:

It's easy and cheap! I got this Sterilite container (at Target, I think) and six standard-size silicone muffin cups fit perfectly inside. You can even get a few different colors/kids and vary them for fun. :)

Quoting kLynch315:

 That is an excellent idea. I was actually thinking about that today, kind of odd lol. I was bagging up lunch for myself and son to go have lunch with dd at school and was thinking, man this is a lot of waste. I'm so stealing your idea for next year!!


Quoting Cafe Amanda:


I made a bento-style lunchbox for my 5-year-old (see below) out of a flat plastic food-storage container and some silicone cupcake liners. I need to get some reusable baggies for snacks - not crafty enough to make my own!




 


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AngelRT
by on May. 24, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I just do a lunch box with reusable containers. I use mostly glass containers and thermos. 

Cafe AmyS
by Head Admin on May. 24, 2012 at 2:58 PM

 Are you lining the insides with anything to keep sandwiches from drying out?

Quoting cemcnair:

Old jeans with just a fold under top like a sandwich baggie! Meg showed me :)

Quoting Cafe AmyS:

 I've seen some great ideas for reusable baggies, how are you making yours?


Quoting cemcnair:

No packed lunches yet, but I'm working on some reusable baggies!

 

 

soy_latte
by on May. 24, 2012 at 3:08 PM

We don't pack lunches every day, because we homeschool, but when we do I usually put them into bento style containers. Three sections - something like a pasta salad, a fruit and a veggie. 

cemcnair
by Courtney on May. 24, 2012 at 3:10 PM
Not at this point, but that's a good idea! I know you aren't supposed to use PUL bc it's not food safe... I wonder what would work.
I'm making chase a fishing satchel with a snack bag pouch!


Quoting Cafe AmyS:

 Are you lining the insides with anything to keep sandwiches from drying out?


Quoting cemcnair:

Old jeans with just a fold under top like a sandwich baggie! Meg showed me :)


Quoting Cafe AmyS:


 I've seen some great ideas for reusable baggies, how are you making yours?



Quoting cemcnair:

No packed lunches yet, but I'm working on some reusable baggies!


 


 

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Kiki7808
by on May. 24, 2012 at 3:22 PM

you might be able to use a waterproof table cloth, they even come in cool patterns so it would spice up the inside of the bags.. i would look into it. but i know you can use plastic lining which can be found in a fabric store. 

Quoting cemcnair:

Not at this point, but that's a good idea! I know you aren't supposed to use PUL bc it's not food safe... I wonder what would work.
I'm making chase a fishing satchel with a snack bag pouch!


Quoting Cafe AmyS:

 Are you lining the insides with anything to keep sandwiches from drying out?


Quoting cemcnair:

Old jeans with just a fold under top like a sandwich baggie! Meg showed me :)


Quoting Cafe AmyS:


 I've seen some great ideas for reusable baggies, how are you making yours?



Quoting cemcnair:

No packed lunches yet, but I'm working on some reusable baggies!


 


 


Kiki7808
by on May. 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM
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found this for anyone interested. how to make resuable bags which can be dishwasher safe. it seems super simple too...  heres the LINK!!

Cafe AmyS
by Head Admin on May. 24, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Sounds adorable!

Hmmmm... what about pieces of a shower curtain liner or vinyl table cloth?

Quoting cemcnair:

Not at this point, but that's a good idea! I know you aren't supposed to use PUL bc it's not food safe... I wonder what would work.
I'm making chase a fishing satchel with a snack bag pouch!


Quoting Cafe AmyS:

 Are you lining the insides with anything to keep sandwiches from drying out?


Quoting cemcnair:

Old jeans with just a fold under top like a sandwich baggie! Meg showed me :)


Quoting Cafe AmyS:


 I've seen some great ideas for reusable baggies, how are you making yours?



Quoting cemcnair:

No packed lunches yet, but I'm working on some reusable baggies!


 


 


Cafe AmyS
by Head Admin on May. 24, 2012 at 4:05 PM

The bags shown in the link are adorable!  :)

Quoting Kiki7808:

found this for anyone interested. how to make resuable bags which can be dishwasher safe. it seems super simple too...  heres the LINK!!


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