Save money by packing waste-free lunches for school

Pack waste-free lunches by choosing reusable containers, utensils and cloth napkins, and help reduce waste while also promoting healthy eating habits.

Tips for waste-free lunches

  • Pack lunch in reusable containers or a lunch box. Lunch Sense offers food containers and lunch boxes that are free of BPA, lead, PVC, phthalates, and vinyl. Reuseit lunch kits help with planning your kids’ lunches and offers alternatives to disposable items.
  • Wash and reuse containers for sandwiches and snacks. ReUsies Snack and Sandwich Bags has a coupon in the Chinook Book and offers an alternative to disposable bags.
  • Choose durable bottles for drinks. Fill them with tap water, which is just as good as bottled water and at less than a penny per gallon, it's a great bargain.
  • Bring your own metal forks, spoons and cloth napkins.

Reuseit presents a number of tips and ideas about reusable items and waste-free lunch options in their video.

By planning ahead and creating weekly meal plans, you can reduce waste while shopping, too. Stock the fridge in one trip, and you’ll save time and resources too.

Check out a previous Resourceful PDX post about how to reduce waste while grocery shopping.