Green lunch kits for back-to-school and a contest

Updated: The winner of the bags is #41 – Jill H.! Congratulations, Jill. And thanks to everyone who entered. A new contest will be coming up next week!

“According to the New York State Department of Conservation, parents who pack a child’s lunch in disposable bags or containers generate 45 to 90 pounds of garbage every year. That equates to 18,760 pounds of lunch waste for just one average-size elementary school.”

When Ava went to the farm camp this summer, I went through a lot of plastic sandwich bags (Disposable plastic baggies can take 1,000 years to decompose!) and napkins and felt that there had to be a better way to pack a lunch and cut down on the trash. I started looking around for a reusable lunch kit to use for preschool and found the Laptop Lunch Kit at Reusable Bags.

laptop lunch kit

I bought the Laptop Lunch Kit for Ava to use for her preschool lunches this year. I love that the small colorful containers allow for a variety of healthy foods to be packed, better portion control, and I won’t have to use 3 or 4 sandwich bags each time I pack her lunch. The kit includes a thermal, zippered carrying case that houses a large snap-shut tray, five reusable microwave safe food containers, a sport bottle, and a stainless steel fork and spoon. Also included is a 96-page “User’s Guide” loaded with healthy recipes and tips for reducing throwaways which I’m sure will come in very handy on those days I’m feeling less than creative about packing a lunch.

I really think this will make packing Ava’s lunches more fun for me and more fun for her to eat. And we will be doing something good for the environment.

1st bento

Here’s a picture of the first lunch I packed in her snazzy new lunch box. It wasn’t that creative (I’m still learning), but I thought it looked pretty. πŸ™‚ It included an almond butter and jelly sandwich (no peanut butter allowed because of another child’s allergies), mandarin oranges, cucumbers and baby carrots, Ranch dressing for dipping in the little blue container, and Annie’s whole wheat bunnies.

Ava’s preschool teacher loved the lunch box and asked where I got it. She is thinking of getting one for her mom to take with her to work. πŸ™‚

Even before I heard of this study, I’d been having my concerns about chemicals from plastic leaching into the kids’ drinking water and had been on the lookout for some stainless steel cups for the kids. I came across the Klean Kanteen Sippy Cup, also sold at Reusable Bags, and decided to get one for Julian. Ava heard me talking about it to Jody and chimed in that she wanted one too, so I got one for each.

I stumbled across an online coupon code for 20% off my total from Reusablebags.com, which helped soften the blow a bit. If you are in the market for some cool lunch kits for your kids or other reusable bags, water bottles, etc., feel free to give the code – mth6cp – a try yourself. πŸ™‚

Win it!
And now for the giveaway…

Reusable Bags has offered up two of their best-selling reusable bags to one lucky winner : the
Workhorse Style 1500 and the Lightweight Recycled Cotton Tote with Dual Handles, both made by ACME Bags.

Workhorse ACME bag Cotton tote ACME bag

If you’d like a chance to win the bags, please:

  1. Sign Mr. Linky below
  2. Link to this contest on your blog (or tell a friend about the contest if you don’t have a blog)
  3. Leave a comment

The deadline to enter is 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26. The winner will be chosen at random (using random.org) on Thursday, Sept. 27, and announced that day. Good luck! πŸ™‚

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107 thoughts on “Green lunch kits for back-to-school and a contest”

  1. I love the laptop lunchbox, I had to get one after reading vegan lunchbox. Hubby takes it to work, it’s great! Babypixie is too young, but I’m sure she’ll love it in a couple of years… cool bags, I’ll plug this contest over on my site, but no need to enter me, I have reusable bags coming out my ears, they’re just so useful!

  2. A very cool bag!! Alison is soo picky about what she wants to take for lunch… I might just have to buy it for the recipes..>LOL!! Thanks for the link. You are giving away bunches lately! You are too sweet πŸ™‚

  3. Way back in 1981, when you went to first grade and needed a lunch packed for you every day(no cafeteria or hot lunches at SVF) I bought sandwich boxes for you and your brother. Remember those? I love Ava’s new lunchbox and containers-the landfills around our state are getting way too huge. Thanks, once again, for doing your part.

  4. Great minds think alike! You’ll never believe what I posted on my site today… the same coupon code! We just love the Klean Kanteen sippy cups and water bottles.

  5. I love the bags and would love to win one! I’ve got my post up!

    I think I’ll have to get two of those lunchboxes too… one for each boy — now that he’s stopped throwing things away!

  6. Clever, clever, clever. I’m SO getting a laptop lunch box for my little guy. Thanks for the tip. I saw you mention the lunchbox once before and intended to look it up. So glad you mentioned it again.

  7. I don’t have a blog, but will share this with some of my eco-buddies. I love those bags. How can I get one if I don’t win? Would love to have several of those khaki ones for grocery shopping.

  8. For those reasons, I have been using reusable containers for my daughters lunch. I started last year when she was in Pre-K 2. At first I did use zip-top bags but it hit me about the waste. That was when I started using plastic reusable sandwich containers and smaller ones for other items. I never buy prepackaged snacks. I usually give her fruits, vegis, or cheese for snacks in a reusable container. I have been buying individual sized organic milk containers, but am rethinking this option. Not only is there waste, but it is very expensive at $1.39 a carton. I am thinking to use a Thermos or equivalent for her milk.

  9. I hate packing lunches! πŸ˜‰

    You’ll have to let me know how this works. I’ve moved away from hard plastic stuff bc it had started to smell bad….but I am willing to move back πŸ™‚

  10. We just purchased the cotton lunch bags from Reusable Bags and LOVED them! This contest is great timing because we were getting ready to buy shopping bags next!

    Blogged about you too!

  11. This is a great looking bag. I’ve been using all manner of cloth and synthetic bags to haul my groceries, and these are various nice. If I don’t win (even though I definitely am ;)), I might just buy one anyway, since they’re so nice.

  12. i’ve had the laptop lunchbox for over a year (bought it for my kindy girl last year) and now i’m trying to convince our school that they would be a great fundraiser – it’s a hard sell though since our school has a high rate of poverty and 45% of the students get a free lunch.

  13. I think I will purchase the laptop lunchbox. I’ve been looking at them for a while, and with the discount code I may get 2! Thanks for hosting this contest!

  14. I have started refusing bags at the store and instead using the three I have found at garage sales. If I forget to bring them in with me I’ll just load my cart back with my groceries and bag them as I’m loading them into my cart. Not only does it save the environment but seriously, I only need so many plastic bags gathering up in my house. And they sit in piles of bags of bags in my garage because I’m constantly forgetting to take them with me to recycle them.

  15. Ooops – please can you delete my address from the listing?
    I didn’t think about scrolling down the page (to here) and I couldn’t figure out how you were going to notify me when I had won. I have no web page you see.
    Reusing is good. Same as my grandmother used to do – by washing out plastic bags.

    Janey

  16. hooray for reusable shopping bags! I have one that my mother made for me that I absolutely *adore* but I find myself taking home an extra plastic bag or two from the store since not everything will fit in the one…I could use a sidecar bag!

  17. Hello, I stop by so infrequently. But I am glad you had this contest up. I have been getting these nice green bags that are reuseable from our local library. They are fantastic. But I can always use more. I will do my best to link to it. I am glad I was able to catch this contest in time. Either way I am sure I will be buying one of theirs or something like it.

  18. Love the lunchboxes, so glad Ava is liking them! I received some from the company to try out, so Will is in beta testing mode and I’ll post a giveaway for the other one, soon!

    So glad moms are on board with these!

  19. I dont have a blog, but i do have more great re-usables. they are jute bags from a UK supplier. Important to me i’m in the UK! But i love this article and think i’ll be making my daughter a simmilar lunch. Will keep my eye on this blog,

    Thanks,
    Julie

  20. Wish I was here earlier! I was recently chatting with the people over at winebags.com and theyÒ€ℒd mentioned they were working on a Blog Prize for green concisions bloggers to help them promote reusable bags articles.

    It would be something like a Door Prize that a hostess gives to help generate participation in whatever she might be hosting.

    Specifically they where thinking of providing bloggers with prizes (such as one of the bags from winebags) to give away for blog articles related to reusable bags, ecology, recycling, etc. TheyÒ€ℒd work with key bloggers who would write an article on an environmental topic and submit it for approval to winebags. Once approved, the key blogger would publish the article and bloggers would link back to the article just as in this contest. ItÒ€ℒs a good example how it would work.

    The key blogger would determine how and who would get the free prize and winebags.com would basically drop-ship the Blog Prize to the winner. Anybody got comments? For details you ought to contact them, they have many neat reusable bags, wine bags and such.

    From the enthusiastic reply to this article IÒ€ℒm thinkÒ€ℒn it might not be a bad idea. Looks like it could generate a lot of interest and participation. Check them at: winebags.com or email them at blogprize at winebags.com

  21. I just found out SUBZERO stainless water bottles is owned by the same company as http://www.build-a-bag.net.
    On their site, you can choose the bag you want and choose the material. They offer Eco-Friendly cotton canvas.
    This company is into environmentally conscious products. Does anyone know who this is? They are all the new craze with my kids but we have not heard of them before.

  22. build-a-bag.net is owned by the same compnay who makes SUBZERO Coolers, Lunch Kits and Backpacks. We have been around since 2005 and our objective is to provide a high end solution for individuals to customize their bags to match their own needs and personality. Check us out and let us know what you think! build a bag!

  23. I found your site in google, I was searching for reusable lunch bags. The lunch box sure is suitable for kids as their food stacking container. Because its lightweight and the colors matched. I like the design. But if you really crave for something like this, you might like to try using stainless steel tiffin container. This container is made of high quality steel food grade from India and is very safe to use. So, with its extraordinary design I’m sure you’ll love it. =)

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