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May 3rd, 2008, 08:10 AM
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Anyone have a kid who goes to school? If so, then you probably know about all the trash that comes from school lunches. Much more than when I was a kid! It seems like nowadays everyhting comes in a single serving or small pouch. So much of kids lunches are disposable! When I was little, we brought some cookies in a baggie (ad our mom re-used those) or a tupperware container, nowadays kids bring mini-oreos and the like already in little pouches, which of course cost more and use more packaging, single serving kool-aid and drink boxes, and those horrible lunchables which not only use an excess of packaging but also contain an excess of fat and preservatives.

Remember the simpler days? A sandwich and a piece of fruit, with a drink in a thermos? Much greener.

We have been making an effort to make greener choices for our son's school lunch. here is a typical lunch for him:



We do still give him oreos and kool-aid like he likes, but we make our own kool-aid at pennies a glass, and he takes his cookies and other treats in small reusable and washable containers. He can even take yogurt in those, it has always bugged me that the small yogurt containers aren't recyclable.His sandwich stays fresh and unsquashed in his plastic keeper too.


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May 3rd, 2008, 08:59 AM
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I know exactly what you mean! When I was a kid I had a regular lunch box with a thermos that came with it. My mom would put my sandwich in a plastic container so the thermos wouldn't squish it, my drink was in the thermos, and then if I had a little snack it was in a plastic sandwich baggie. So the only thing that would get thrown away was my napkin and the baggy.

I don't have a school aged kid yet. We have quite a few years before that.
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May 3rd, 2008, 11:17 AM
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My son will start school in Fall. He's going to a private school that doesn't have a cafeteria so I will be packing all of his lunches. The children eat in their classroom and the school provides milk if the parents want. I plan to stick to a sandwich, piece of fruit, some veggies, and a snack like a cookie or some crackers. And of course the milk.
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May 3rd, 2008, 08:08 PM
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Thats a really good idea. My dd won't be in school for a long while yet, but that's good to keep in mind.
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May 3rd, 2008, 09:34 PM
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I am so bad about this. I always seem to lose the lids for the containers.
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May 4th, 2008, 04:58 AM
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I don't have a kid in school Isaac is only 7 months old but I was wondering how you could make green lunches very interesting.[/b]
How do you mean? You can put whatever you want in the containers. It's about using less packaging, making less trash. There is actually more opportunity for variety than purchasing pre-packaged lunch snacks and drinks. And more savings. You can buy fruit snacks, raisins, cookies or whatever in bulk and fill a small container with them. Yogurts. Fruit salads. Any kind of snack or food you have in your house. Leftovers. Any drink you want. My little girl likes to take salad. I put some shredded cheddar in another container and she sprinkles it on right before she eats, she loves it and it so healthy, and fresh!
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May 5th, 2008, 10:49 PM
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Here is a WONDERFUL lunch box thats very green. http://www.laptoplunches.com/
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May 6th, 2008, 06:26 AM
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Thanks for the inkI may look into that for my hubbys lunches!!
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May 6th, 2008, 07:55 AM
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Anthony is starting school this year, and we've already discussed getting that kind of thing for his lunch box. I hate waste.
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May 6th, 2008, 09:18 AM
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my kids have been taking lunch boxes to school there whole school career. my oldest is in 6th grade. we re use baggies and have containers. it is very easy to do.
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May 6th, 2008, 09:45 AM
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I dont have kid's In school yet but I do pack DH's lunch that way....I stopped useing Plastic bags for sandwhiches and use a sandwhich holder.
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