Using litterless lunch containers will not only save you a bundle of money in the long run, it will also keep single-use plastic products out of the landfill.
Investing in high quality, eco-friendly lunch products can help both children and adults reduce their carbon footprint. Today, eco-friendly products are being used more than ever which makes this year the year to switch to litterless lunch products.
Here is our list of the Top Four essential litterless lunch items:
- Lunch and Snack Boxes
Studies have been done on the cleanliness of lunch boxes and research detected two forms of bacteria that can lead to food-borne illnesses – staphylococci and enterococci. This can be caused by improper cleaning which allows bacteria and mold to grow.
However, using the right reusable lunch boxes will help keep lunches safe, clean, and airtight. They are dishwasher safe to make cleanliness and sanitation easy! Bento-styled boxes are a popular option as they are ideal for families who still value the traditional lunch box but want a functional style. Removable inner containers accommodate a variety of foods while making lunch fun and organized. Parents will enjoy the ease of organizing their child’s lunch within all the neat little compartments and kids will look forward to eating it!
- Lunch and Snack Bags
To go in the reusable lunch box, lunch and snack bags are a great replacement for zip-top plastic bags. The simple act of switching out reusable lunch bags can replace hundreds of little plastic baggies. There are a variety of reusable snack bags you can choose from. Some reusable snack bags are made with a cotton outer layer and a polyester inner liner which can easily be wiped out or tossed in the washing machine. Others are made with an FDA grade, BPA, PVC and phthalate free material that can be cleaned in the dishwasher.
The bonus to using reusable bags rather than containers is that they provide you with better convenience and versatility when it comes to packing snacks. These food pouches are super lightweight and can squish down in a backpack or lunchbox, making them a huge space saver in school lunch boxes.
- Water Bottles
It is no secret that single use plastic bottles have an extremely negative impact on the environment. Every year, billions of pounds of waste end up in the oceans and city sized islands made up entirely of trash have been created. The vast majority of trash is plastic, meaning it will take thousands of years to break down.
Investing in a reusable water bottle will help protect our ecosystems and the environment. Reusable water bottles are durable and light weight, lasting through the usual wear and tear of any adventure or school day.
- Reusable Food Wraps
This is a newer method for reusable products, and you may be asking,
“What is reusable food wrap?”
Reusable food wraps are a sustainable option that are usually made from organic cotton and infused with beeswax. This allows for the wraps to hold their shape when wrapped around any container or food. These reusable food wraps (or beeswax wraps) can be washed and reused many times, creating less waste. Not only it is better for the earth, but it is also a healthier option to wrap your food in organic materials compared to plastic wrap. You can fold it around sandwiches, chips, cookies, and other snack foods. You can also fold them into makeshift lunch pouches or use these wraps as a placemat!
Compared to plastic food wrap, beeswax wraps are breathable, biodegradable, reusable, decorative, and antimicrobial; ultimately, a far better alternative to anything plastic.
If you are looking for an easy way to eliminate plastic wrap from your kitchen or just want to cut down on waste in general, then check out beeswax wraps and all our solutions for eco-friendly food storage. You might be surprised at the potential these plastic alternatives have.
Bonus – Time To Clean
Regardless if you are a parent or not, on top of having to clean reusable lunch items, people do seemingly endless loads of laundry. Over 30 billion loads of laundry are done in North America each year, creating a massive environmental impact. Tru-Earth laundry strips are a great laundry detergent product that have a much smaller eco-footprint than liquid and powder detergents. These laundry strips have uncompromising cleaning power that removes the toughest stains, helping to reveal vibrant colors and restoring your radiant whites.
Why Is Going Litterless Important?
Using reusable products and rethinking our approach to what we buy and use is important to reduce the amount of trash that can end up in the environment and landfills. You can do your part by choosing to buy products that are long-lasting that can be used again and again.
Also be sure to check out our wide variety of top quality, kid friendly products. You can check out even more kids items like the four items we talked about above plus more here!