Sticking with the Zero Waste Week theme.....Instead of sending your little one off to school this week with a lunch box full of pre packed food, each portioned in their own  disposable packages or wrapping their sandwiches in cling-film/foil, consider the other more eco friendly options on the market:

Lunch boxes

There are some fantastic divided lunch boxes on the market now catering for the Bento lunchers. One of the newest to the UK market is Yumbox. This lunch box was launched in July with a waiting list! In the USA and Australia they are the hottest lunch accessory. The Yumbox is clever because it has leak proof sections so you can safely fill it with yogurt or pudding without worrying that it will end up making the sandwiches soggy. No extra packaging is required as the box is air tight.

Other fantastic boxes are the laptop lunch box and Lego lunchbox shown below. The fantastic blog Eats Amazing use the boxes and many others to create lunches.  you can find full details of these and other lunch boxes in their equipment page here


Food & Snack containers

These Ikea Pruta containers have by far been the best value and handiest items that I have in my cupboard. I use the smaller items every day to send food in my son's lunch bag or store leftovers in the fridge or freezer. I love them and a pack of 17 boxes cost just £3! They may not be the coolest but they do the job well.  Use the smaller boxes for raisins, crackers, bread stickers, rice cakes, flap jacks etc instead of buying individual pre packaged snacks or wrapping them in cling film or foil.

Food protectors

Banana Guard are a Canadian brand that have cleverly created hard plastic cases for banana's, sandwiches and other fruits that can get easily damaged. These aren't an essential lunch box item but we quite like them.

Banana Guard, Froot Guard, Froot Case, S'wich Guard


Reusable Food Pouches

Reusable food pouches are becoming a popular way to transport fluid snacks, desserts and puddings in children's lunch boxes.  Our pouches hold upto 120ml so a great size for holding yogurts or fruit smoothies for little ones. These reusable pouches can replace Frubes, individual yogurt or pudding pots, tetrapak smoothies and disposable food pouches. None of these items canbe easily recycled and the majority end up in landfill.  In many cases the contents also ends up on the inside of your childs lunch box or bag if they haven't been finished!

See what you can change in your lunch boxes and pledge to reduce a little bit more waste.

September 03, 2014 — Suzanne Moore

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