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How to make DD's school lunches 100% Garbage free?

post #1 of 21
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How can i do it? We use containers for most of her food, but i dont know what to use for her sandwiches, and chips? I think i saw a thing where mamas where making sandwich bags with PUL and then covering it in a cool fabric and adding Velcro or snaps.....how do you keep them clean?

Any tips would be highly appreciated! thanks!
post #2 of 21
sandwiches = wrap mats
http://www.wrap-n-mat.com/
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
Cool thanks!
post #4 of 21
just use a bandanna or cloth napkin- put sandwich in the middle and tie up the corners - I have almost half of the kids in my class doing this now.....
go to reusablebags.com for things to buy or to-go-ware.com and get the set of 3 sidekicks for things like yogurt, crackers, cheese.....
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post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
We are using these containers right now (dd is 2) and they seem to be working out really nicley.

Thanks for the links!
post #7 of 21
We use this http://www.containerstore.com/browse...RODID=10021676 for sandwiches and chips or fruit. Add a Sigg bottle and a cloth napkin, and you're totally reusable. I'm not too happy that DH indulges DD with juice boxes - I really need to crack down on it. But at least she takes water in her Sigg for snack time, and that baby comes home completely empty every day.
post #8 of 21
we use lap top lunch boxes. www.laptoplunches.com
post #9 of 21
We got happy-sacks from reusablebags.com and I just throw them in the wash to keep them clean. They were expensive but worth it. I put juice in a little (12 oz) Kleen Kanteen.
post #10 of 21
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We got happy-sacks from reusablebags.com and I just throw them in the wash to keep them clean. They were expensive but worth it. I put juice in a little (12 oz) Kleen Kanteen.
I need to find a coop for these!
post #11 of 21
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we use lap top lunch boxes. www.laptoplunches.com
I think that is one of the coolest things I've ever seen!
post #12 of 21
We use cloth sandwich bags with zippers. I love them! They are nylon lined, so carrots with a bit of water are fine, too. I pack sandwiches, crackers, cheese, fruit pieces, everything. For a container, we use a To-Go stainless steel container from reusablebags. It must be an old style because they aren't out there now. We have Sigg and New Wave bottles, so milk is taken care of, too. I love every piece.

Here's a link to the bags I have: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php...ng_id=18282519 She had them made and mailed in no time and I am the proud owner of 24 of them. I plan to order more, jsut because we go through so many with 4 of us using them.

And here's a link to a similar tiffin to the ones we use:
http://www.reusablebags.com/store/to...6009cee4a424b1
post #13 of 21
I make and sell sandwich wraps and snack bags. They are made from PUL on the outside and hemp jersey on the inside. That way your food doesn't touch the polyurethane coating in the PUL. The wraps are similar to wrap n mats except for the lining. The snack bags are made from the same fabrics. They are designed like the old style sandwich bags with the fold over top. We use napkins made from hemp jersey as well. So nothing is throw away in our lunches. We use Kleen Kanteens for our drinks.

If we had a sandwich I just shake the crumbs out and use the wrap again. If it gets messy like with mayo or something I throw it in the sink while I'm washing dishes. Then I hang them from a tiny clothes line I put above my sink. If they are really messy, like with peanut butter, I throw them in with a load of towels to wash and dry. The PUL drys just fine as long as there are other clothes in there. I would worry if I tried to dry it by itself or left it in the dryer too long. I also do not microwave in my snack bags or wraps.

Kathi
post #14 of 21
ichibankanusa.com

We use bento boxes bought from here, and I sewed cloth bags to hold them. The boxes are really cheap, and ADORABLE. $30 worth of boxes, including shipping, got 4 full sets of lunch ware and accessories for making the food cute.

Husband RARELY has any trash from his lunch, unless he gets hungry and buys something at work (He works at Whole Foods, so I mind less than if it was fast food or something).
post #15 of 21
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ichibankanusa.com

We use bento boxes bought from here, and I sewed cloth bags to hold them. The boxes are really cheap, and ADORABLE. $30 worth of boxes, including shipping, got 4 full sets of lunch ware and accessories for making the food cute.

Husband RARELY has any trash from his lunch, unless he gets hungry and buys something at work (He works at Whole Foods, so I mind less than if it was fast food or something).
CUTE stuff!
post #16 of 21
I have a related question...

DD's school is celebrating Earth Week next week. We are year-round and are typically on break when Earth Day is typically celebrated. One day is "No waste day". We have reduced our waste considerably, but still use ziplock baggies for a few things. I only have until Monday to find items that she can use on Tuesday AND BEYOND, so internet purchases are out.

We live in a large city (San Diego). Where shall I look (in person) for items that have been shown in this thread??? Got any tips???

TIA!
post #17 of 21
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We live in a large city (San Diego). Where shall I look (in person) for items that have been shown in this thread??? Got any tips???
Cost Plus World Market carries Tiffins, that's where I got mine. I've also seen them at Asian grocery stores. We have a collection of cloth napkins, and when we got new silverware for our wedding, we kept the old stuff for lunch bags (check thrift stores for loose silverware). I bought my DH an 18 oz Kleen Kanteen (at a children's independent toy store). All of that fits into a Built NY Neoprene insulated bag, which I can find at Whole Foods.

Inside the tiffin I use 6 oz glass custard cups with lids and 2 oz stainless cups with lids (both from Target) - for wet things like yogurt or salad dressing.

My WF also carries laptop lunchboxes and to-go-ware, although they didn't start doing that until more recently.
post #18 of 21
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we use lap top lunch boxes. www.laptoplunches.com
I have these for my kiddos and also a Tupperware (brand) case that has 5 separations for their food....
post #19 of 21
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Cost Plus World Market carries Tiffins, that's where I got mine. I've also seen them at Asian grocery stores. We have a collection of cloth napkins, and when we got new silverware for our wedding, we kept the old stuff for lunch bags (check thrift stores for loose silverware). I bought my DH an 18 oz Kleen Kanteen (at a children's independent toy store). All of that fits into a Built NY Neoprene insulated bag, which I can find at Whole Foods.

Inside the tiffin I use 6 oz glass custard cups with lids and 2 oz stainless cups with lids (both from Target) - for wet things like yogurt or salad dressing.

My WF also carries laptop lunchboxes and to-go-ware, although they didn't start doing that until more recently.
Thank you Cristeen! There is a CostPlus near a Trader Joe's, where we need to go this weekend anyway. I'll bring DD to see what she thinks. I found links upon links and ended up somewhere that showed a small three-tier stainless steel lunch container. That looks (online) like it would work well for her. If she sees one in person, she'll be able to decide. I also know of an Asian market that I have been meaning to check out...and it is between us and the Trader Joe's and Cost Plus shopping center.

Meanwhile, she had taken her stainless steel food thermos to school today and I could just prepare her a complete meal for that day next week in it. We have a stainless steel spoon she takes and brings home. I will look for a fork, too. Homemade mac & cheese with peas is one of her favorites and that works well in the food thermos since it stays hot until lunch. Homemade broccoli and cheese soup is another favorite, which also works well. Hmmm... I think I need to make a list!
post #20 of 21
In lue of actually recycling AND re-using people, we do not buy any sandwhich bags/container we re-use things we can't avoid accumulating, such as carrot bags (when I can't get them from my garden, and need 5-10lbs + for juicing) extra bulk bags we get when we are done eating the food that comes in them, bulk yogurt containers (I buy when I haven't had time to cultivate my own) Things like that, anf it doesnt stop at food items, I've been re-using a, empty floss container for little treats for my ds1 when we go out. Get creative people!
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