I was getting LuLu ready for her first day of school, when I realized she needed a lunch bag and sack to take her snack in. My initial thought was to brown bag it, and use a plastic baggy for her snack. But, then I started thinking about how many bags we will need throughout the course of the year. Rather than run to buy in bulk, I turned to Google to get some ideas and found this fantastic website: Reuseit.com. Check out what I learned:
“The typical child generates 67 pounds of lunchtime trash per year. With more families trying to save money by brown bagging it that’s a lot of waste – and money – going into the trash. Creating a waste-free lunch kit is smart – and it’s one of the easiest ways to significantly reduce your consumption of use-and-toss items and save money (about $371 annually) – we’ve created this buying guide and video to help you build your perfect kit. For more facts on lunchtime waste, see our Top Facts.”
The short and sweet video talks about packing your own waste-free lunch, followed by 5 steps and tons to think about, such as…
What kind of lunch bag?
Utensils? in a pouch? or colorful and lightweight?
Cloth napkins? with a dandelion? a cat? a dog? in color? cotton or hemp? So many choices!
What I found so adorable and interesting, was the reusable snack and sandwich bags. Ranging in price from $1.95, they come in all kinds of fun designs:
Or something a little more colorful:
Or just plain if you prefer:
I realized we can be green and save some green on all those little plastic baggies.