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#1 of 9 Old 04-22-2013, 04:35 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I don't have any disposable packaging in my house (no plastic sandwich bags, Saran wrap, etc.).  My son takes his lunch every day in a bento-style lunch box and KK water bottle. 

 

Any suggestions?  I really don't want to buy a whole box of sandwich baggies.  I guess I can buy a bottle of water - but that kind of disgusts me, too. 

 

I do have a small brown, paper bag to put stuff in!  My pack-rat tendencies have finally paid off!!  I can't wait to point this out to my husband.

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What will the lunch contain? 

 

If it's a sandwich, you can wrap it in parchment paper (baking paper) and hope it doesn't get crushed. When I was a kid, everyone brought wax-paper wrapped sandwiches for lunch instead of using containers and we all managed. Try to avoid soggy fillings and condiments in the sandwich. No tomato, lol. 

 

You can probably origami a couple of wraps from parchment paper for snacks like raisins or treats like muffins or bars or cookies. 

 

If you don't have parchment paper, then maybe tinfoil. If you don't have either, then I guess you cook and bake very differently than I do, lol. Maybe a neighbour could help you out by giving you a foot or so. 

 

Fruit like apples or bananas won't need any kind of wrapping. 

 

Bottled or tetra-pak beverages. 

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2 suggestions:

 

1) Sandwich - wrapped in a piece of paper

    Apple and/or orange

    cookies or other treat

 

2) Cornish pasty  or Calzone or Pierogi

    Apple and/or orange

    cookies or other treat

 

Place in paper bag

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How rushed for time are you?
With enough time you could probably used stuff you normally recycle. Atleast you would have used it before tossing vs buying just for this trip then tossing.

You can probably ask around for a grocery sack.
Sandwich in parchment paper, fruit and buy a bottle of water.

If you are still unable to work it out, maybe buy a pre made snack box. Many include a juice drink.

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I'd send juice in a tetra pack, wrap a sandwich in some paper, pack an apple, banana, maybe a granola bar in a disposable bag. 

 

You could reverse-engineer the project and search your pantry/fridge for any packaging you already have, like a jar, bottle or cardboard box, move out whatever is in there now, store that in something non-disposable and use its container to fill with something else that fits :)

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Are they not allowed to carry a water bottle on the rest of the field trip? If it's not a big deal, you can figure everything else out and send him with his regular water bottle.


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We'd always re-use other food packaging for field trip lunches growing up - like cut a bread bag shorter to wrap something, or re-use some kind of other food packaging that's empty or almost gone (just transfer to some reusable container at home).

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Check that it really needs to be fully disposable. I've had my kids go on field trips where that was requested but then they still had a bin for lunches and the bin just got put back on the bus with the uneaten parts of lunch. Drives me batty because my kids are rule followers (at school anyway eyesroll.gif) and won't take their regular stuff on field trips.

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We'd always re-use other food packaging for field trip lunches growing up - like cut a bread bag shorter to wrap something, or re-use some kind of other food packaging that's empty or almost gone (just transfer to some reusable container at home).


This is what I do. When I buy crackers and similar - just cut down the bag & send the last bit. I put sandwiches in the cut-down bread bags. I wrap cookies and such in foil. If they need a disposable drink, I buy something in a glass bottle. If they can bring back the bottle, it can be reused or recycled. If not, a lot of places like museums have recycling now. Otherwise using paper is a good idea. DH sometimes wraps sandwiches in newspaper - don't know about the ink, though!


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