Monday, September 21, 2009

Beyond plastic bags part I: Pack a budget friendly, fun-to-eat school lunch

By Melissa Newby, Frugal Family Examiner

If you pack your child's lunch every day of school, you could use over 200 plastic bags over the course of a school year. Using reusable packaging to pack school lunches is not only good for the environment, it's good for your wallet. While purchasing these items means you might have to spend money to save money, the long term benefits are worth the initial expense.

Reusable containers also encourage purchasing foods in bulk, sending homemade food, and including lots of finger foods, which all help you provide your child a nutritious meal while not spending a fortune.

Laptop Lunches offers an entire lunch box system that lets you customize and vary your lunches, all while using reusable containers. You start with an insulated exterior case and then fit smaller Bento Boxes into that case. Vary the Bento Boxes based on what you're sending for lunch that day. All products are BPA, lead, and phthalate free and completely washable and reusable. Use the Laptop Lunch Users Guide for inspiration to provide, "nutritious lunch ideas with ingredients that can be purchased locally at natural foods stores, farmers’ markets or through CSAs", says Amy Hemmert from Laptop Lunches.

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1 comment:

  1. That is sooo true. I think I will move to laptop lunches later, when small bento boxes will be not big enough anymore. My daughter just started reception class and eating packed lunch at school. I use zip bags to put the box in, but we are reusing them.