Waste-Free Lifestyle: Reusable Lunchbox Kit

Very few of us ever recycle plastic bags or wraps, especially when we are on the go.  What does this mean for the big picture?

In the US alone, our landfills are packed with an extraordinary portion of the 380 billion plastic bags and wraps that we consume each year, which can take hundreds to thousands of years to degrade.

As far as cost goes, ECOlunchboxes.com released a report that an average family with two children and one parent packing lunches spends around $132 on plastic bags alone annually, not taking into account the cost of disposable utensils, napkins, and pre-packaged foods.

Using a reusable lunchbox kit cuts back on this avoidable waste—financially and environmentally—and can be fun for adults and kids to customize the packaging to their needs.

Lunch box sets

LunchSense Lunch box full set (contains everything but utensils and napkins), $37.99-47.99:

  • Comes in small, medium, and large sized lunch boxes
  • Containers range in size to fit snacks as well as sandwiches
  • Ice pack
  • Beverage container
  • Sauce/salad dressing container

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According to LunchSense.com, if you were able to save $1.50 per day from not packing pre-packaged foods and lunchbox disposables, the box would pay for itself within the first month.

Black + Blum lunch bag, containers and spork, $21.95:

  • Includes a sturdy spork and carry strap
  • Comes with two containers which have a watertight locking seal
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe
  • BPA free
  • Smaller containers fits inside larger containers for compact carrying when empty

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Lunch boxes and bags

Tiffins, $24.95:

  • Made from high-quality, non-leaching stainless steel
  • Features separate food containers that latch together
  • Easy to stack and lid doubles as a plate
  • BPA free, plastic free
  • Dishwasher safe

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Reuseit recycled insulated lunch bag, $9.95:

  • Fabric made of 100% post-consumer recycled content
  • Bluesign-certified fabric – ensuring low environmental impact during manufacturing
  • PVC and lead-free, also free of phthalates & BPA
  • Low-profile Velcro closure is easy to clean
  • Adjustable strap
  • Also makes a great wine bag (holds 2 bottles)
  • Thermal insulation keeps food at a safe temperature for hours
  • Made with Fair Labor/Fair Wage

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Reuseit recycled cotton lunch bag, $9.95:

  • 75% recycled cotton, 25% recycled polyester
  • PVC and lead-free, also free of phthalates & BPA
  • Rolls up easily after each use
  • Low-profile Velcro closure is easy-to-clean
  • Machine washable (drip dry)
  • Made with Fair Labor/Fair Wages

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Sandwich bags

Reusable sandwich/snack bags:

  • Assorted sizes for snacks & sandwiches
  • Washable
  • Zippered or Velcro closure
  • Many fun and attractive colors and patterns
  • Durable and long lasting

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Reuseit hemp & organic cotton napkin (4), $11.95:

  • Blend of durable hemp (55%) and IMO & GOTS-certified organic cotton (45%)
  • Machine washable
  • Made with Fair Wages and Fair Labor

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Onyx travel stainless steel cutlery, $7.95:

  • Comes with fork, spoon, chopsticks and compact carrying case (measuring just under 6 inches long)
  • Made from food-grade stainless steel
  • BPA, phthalate, and lead free
  • Not dishwasher safe

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Zelco Mangia stainless steel cutlery with snap over cover, $14.00:

  • Comes with fork, spoon and knife
  • Made of brushed 18/8 stainless steel
  • Fork and spoon nest within knife handle for compact carrying
  • Durable plastic snap-on cover keeps cutlery heads sanitary
  • Dishwasher safe

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Water bottle

Anti-bottle, $9.99:

  • Stands upright when full and easily rolls or flattens when empty
  • Inner liner made ultra-durable and BPA-free with FDA-approved polyethylene
  • Odor, taste and stain resistant
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Can be frozen or contain boiling liquids
  • Accessories available

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