Reusable lunch bags come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are made in many different materials like cotton, nylon and recycled PET. Regardless of the material, they are a great alternative to the containers that are used and discarded every day. The Built lunch bags are actually made from neoprene, the wetsuit material, making them extremely durable and lightweight. Also machine-washable, these bags are great brown bag replacements for a trip to the cafeteria. Another fun brown bag replacement are eco-friendly lunch bags from Mimi the Sardine. Styled from Swedish-made, environmentally-friendly fabric, they are easy to clean and water resistant.
Instead of plastic baggies, try the Wrap-N-Mat sandwich wrappers. Simply fold around sandwiches and snacks and unfold into a placemat. These cotton/polyester sandwich wraps are free from BPA, phthalates and lead, and replace thousands of plastic bags used in a lifetime. When using cloth, nylon and plastic-lined sandwich bags like the Wrap-N-Mat, consider wrapping sandwiches in a slightly damp napkin or in biodegradable wax paper before storing them in the reusable bag to help hold in moisture and keep the bag clean. Also, it's best to pack food in reusable cloth bags on the same day that they will be eaten.
Along with a healthy dose of nostalgia, many of the old metal and vinyl lunch boxes may come packing harmful elements like lead, PVC and phthalates. Lunch box systems provide an updated, stylish and fun approach to an old favorite. For instance, Laptop Lunch Bento Boxes are free from harmful chemicals, made from recycled content, recyclable, made in the USA and are dishwasher safe. The systems are perfect for school lunches – they include five microwave-safe, colorful food containers that fit like puzzle pieces into a thermal carrying case.
Ditch the disposable drink boxes, bottles and pouches for reusable containers that your kids will love. SIGG is a family favorite because they offer sizes and designs that appeal to kids and parents and keep beverages cold without transferring any tinny taste. Their manufacturing practices are just as refreshing – each bottle is produced with over 55% renewable energy, with minimal waste and over 99% of their waste is recycled.
Keep the eco-friendly lunchtime efforts going by using colorful cloth napkins, stainless steel or bamboo cutlery and packing self-contained snacks that travel well like apples, bananas, pears and figs.
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