As we celebrate Earth Day this week, I wanted to share some ways to clean up the lunch room in schools or at home. There are so many cute and practical products on the market now that make it easy. Or, here are a few tips that won’t cost you any money.

1. Pack lunch items in Tupperware you already own. It may be plastic, but most kids are not microwaving their lunch at school.
2. Reuse empty bread bags for sandwiches.
3. Use foil to wrap items. Foil can be tossed into your recycling bin whereas plastic wrap can’t.
4. Send in a fork or spoon from home, just make sure the kids understand it needs to come back home with them!

Ready for some fun items to bring some life back to the lunch box. Here are some of my top picks.
1. Resnackit reusable bags. I have used mine for a year and they look as good as when I first started using them. I wash mine 1-2 times per week, depending on the peanut butter and jelly spills!

2. Thermos. Send in hot leftovers for the kids, another way to reduce food waste at home.
3. Pack reusable utensils (Dandelion Reusables Utensils, 8 Pack)
4. Bento box inspired lunches. Love the silicone baking cups to dress up a daily dose of fruit.(Wilton 415-9400 Easy Flex Silicone 3-Inch Reusable Baking Cups, 12 Count)  See more bento box info in this post.

I am still trying to reduce plastic in my kitchen but still need to work on the lunch box. To help you all get started, one lucky reader will get a stainless steel bento container plus an all purpose stainless steel storage cup from Innobaby. Check out Innobaby’s website to learn more about their products. I love that the cup works for drinks or snacks as it includes interchangeable accessories. Plus it can go in the dishwasher which always makes my life easier. Innobaby has the best selection of bento box inspired containers, and the cutest prints! The segmented plates are now on my wish list for our two year old daughter.

To enter:
1. Mandatory: Leave a comment with your email address and a note of how you would like to celebrate Earth Day. Is there a small change you want to make?
2. Additional entries for the following:
-Tweet about this giveaway…must have @RandomRecycling in the tweet
-Like Random Recycling on Facebook
-Like Innobaby on Facebook
All comments must be submitted by April 27th. A winner will be notified via email.  Open to US/Canadian residents only.

After entering the contest, take a look at this article about banning brown-bag lunches?  What do you think?

Good luck to all! Happy Earth day on Friday.

4 replies
  1. Anonymous says:

    Living in Hawaii with warm weather a constant we have been trying to hang dry more clothes than use our dryer for everything.
    Also, constantly using reusable containers for drinking water has been a big change for us. We never buy plastic bottles anymore!

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