The Best Tools to Pack a Zero-Waste Lunch
Excited to send your kids back to school but dreading the lunch prep that’s involved? Or are you realizing that the convenient items you’ve been tossing in their lunchbox aren’t the most sustainable options? Either way, we’ve got you covered. Kid-tested and parent-approved, the following guide makes it easy to pack a lunch that both your kids and the planet will appreciate. You can find all of these products at The Recology Store. Plus, through the month of August, they are all 20% off with this coupon! We want to ensure our products are accessible to all households, so we follow our manufacturers recommended pricing with no additional markups. It’s a great reason to shop local and save!
If you’re looking to seriously upgrade your lunch game, start here. The OmieBox has warm and cool temperature zones and it’s easy for small hands to open. The Yumbox‘s illustrated portion guides encourage healthy eating and variety. Both boxes are leak-proof, lunch bag-sized, and come in bright, appetizing colors.
Say goodbye to single-use and hello to your new favorite sandwich bags. Stashers are endlessly reusable bags made of platinum-grade silicone. They are microwave, oven, dishwasher AND freezer safe. Similar (re)zip bags from BlueAvocado are leak-proof, durable, and lightweight. And both bags transparent designs allow you to easily see the contents inside.
Abeego beeswax wrap is an all-natural alternative to plastic wrap that is compostable at the end of its life cycle (about 18 months). Unlike plastic, beeswax wrap lets food breathe. As a result, it’s ideal for wrapping sandwiches, fruit, and cheese
Wean Green glass containers are made from eco-friendly tempered glass that is strong and stain-resistant. Their lids are durable and easy for little hands to open. They are also dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe, and come in four adorable colors.
Kid Kanteen bottles are made from food-grade stainless steel and designed specifically for kids. Bottles come in designs they will love forever and you can upgrade the BPA-free bottle top to suit your kids at any age.
Utensils & Napkins
To-Go Ware kids utensil sets encourage table manners and are the perfect size for smaller hands. They are made from bamboo that won’t stain, and they come in a colorful carrying case that has a clip to easily attach onto a lunchbox.
Marley’s Monsters reusable cloth napkins are 100% cotton flannel and come in fun prints. Made locally in Oregon, they make a great placemat to keep food from coming into direct contact with the lunch table and are perfect for wiping up spills and messy faces.