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Environmentally Friendly Green Lunch for School Children!

Updated on June 20, 2011

How to pack a waste-free lunch

Pack a waste-free lunch from the EPA used to educate local students
Pack a waste-free lunch from the EPA used to educate local students

Starbucks lunch bag

My favorite lunch bag is made by Starbucks - it is trendy enough to be carried around and practically sings of recycling. Getting a bag like that makes recycling seem like a cool thing to do. If you forget, the bag reminds you!
My favorite lunch bag is made by Starbucks - it is trendy enough to be carried around and practically sings of recycling. Getting a bag like that makes recycling seem like a cool thing to do. If you forget, the bag reminds you!

Staying environmentally friendly doesn't have to be hard!

How can you help your children learn to be environmentally aware while staying nourished and healthy? Learn how to pack a waste free lunch for them and teach them about recycling along the way!

To pack a waste free lunch, you need:

  • A set of reusable forks, spoons and knives
  • Reusable cloth napkins
  • Refillable drink containers and water bottles
  • Reusable lunch containers
  • Resealable and reusable plastic bags
  • Reusable Ice pack to keep the lunch cool
Pack sandwiches in the ziplock bag and wrap clean utensils in a reusable napkin. Put everything in the lunch bag to ensure a proper fit.
Explain the importance of recycling to your kids, as they learn by example! Help them become an example of an environmentally aware student, even though this may require some extra effort! The foundations that you are creating now will stay throughout school, college and the rest of the life.
Your school likely uses recycling bins in the cafeteria. The real issue is - if people see trash in recycle bins, they would add more trash there. Therefore, it is important to separate bottles, cans and plastic and put them in the appropriate bins. This would encourage other students to recycle their own stuff! Paper can be recycled by most schools as well and creates a 21st century excuse: "I recycled my homework!" :)
Some food scraps can be brought back and used in the household compost bins, or your school's compost bins, if they are available. 
When your kid arrives home, you can clean and reuse all of the utensils!


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      7 years ago

      You know a ziplock bag can't be recycled so its gonna end up in the waste one day

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      8 years ago from Upper Dublin, PA

      It is so much easier to start teaching good habits like this one while the children are still young!

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      8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      excellent tips and kids are usually very excited to help take care of the environment. if we teach them young, they will carry the responsibility into the future, hopefully! even the very young preschoolers love to help. rated up!

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      8 years ago

      I started packing waste-free lunches last year. I use reusable plastic containers from Citizenpip. They also have stainless water bottles and an insulated food jar that is kind of like a thermos, which I sometimes use to pack hot food in my kids' lunches. I really like Citizenpip products too because they are lead-free, BPA-free and phthalate-free. I purchased them online at Once you get into the habit, it's really easy!

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      8 years ago

      I have been using stainless steel containers and a food kozy to pack my childrens lunches. Check out for non-toxic, safe, and eco-friendly lunch products.


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