How to Stay Eco Friendly with School Lunches During COVID-19
During this unprecedented time new rules are being put into place and our typical day-to-day lives are looking a bit different. To ensure safety, we gladly oblige with this new way of life, but it's important to continue doing the best we can to be good to this great earth! This includes being extra careful when packing school lunches. From composting to recycling, these daily habits are needed no matter what's going on around us.
Eco-Friendly Packed Lunches
If your child is attending school in-person, there's a good chance that reusable containers are not allowed or are highly discouraged to help prevent the spread of germs. If you're like us, we would panic for a minute as using disposable plastic bags is something we steer far from. Any other Stasher Bag users out there?! But have no fear - you can help keep your family and school friends safe while still being kind to the earth.
Recommended Product: Lunchskins
Lunchskins makes recyclable, backyard compostable, and biodegradable sandwich and snack bags. They come in a wide variety of patterns that can make lunch time fun! Their website states that each bag is:
"Made from unbleached Kraft paper these lunch bags are grease resistant making them ideal for subs, hoagies, baguettes, and hero sandwiches. Our paper bags are uncoated, and not treated with petroleum-based paraffin wax, soy, or any other type of wax."
Recommended Product: Eco Friendly Recyclable & Compostable Food Containers
These food containers are great if packing soup, snacks, pasta, and more. They even make a great container if going on a picnic! The cherry on top? They're affordable, easy to order on Amazon, are BPA-free, non-toxic, recyclable, and compostable.
Eco-Friendly Food Products
We recommend doing your research and picking snacks that already come in compostable and recyclable packaging. This eliminates the need to pack the food into another container or bag.
Something we pride ourselves in is our 100% compostable packaging. Composting has so many benefits and it's rare to find companies with 100% compostable packaging. If you're unfamiliar with composting you can read our blog post Composting 101: The Basics!
Sometimes you have to pack a little treat in school lunches! We love Alter Eco's truffles. They're the perfect size for a school lunch and are made with compostable packaging. Eat chocolate and eliminate waste in one? Yes please!
Sun & Well Foods carries a wide variety of snacks and pantry staples that are great for school lunches. Over 75% of their products are sold in 100% compostable packaging! Although not every product has compostable packaging, they continue to increase that 75%, doing their part in working towards a greener planet.