I feel guilty nowadays if I use a plastic baggie to pack a lunch.
At the very least, I try to make sure it gets used multiple times, as I detailed in this green lunch packing post.
I’ve had a handful of different reusable sandwich bags since last year, and they’ve gotten a TON of use, even though we just started packing daily school lunches this month. My son knows to bring home everything in his lunch bag, and that also helps me know how much he’s eating (not much) and use things like leftover baby carrots again the next day.
This month I’ve thought a lot about healthy lunch packing ideas, and I even branched out to brainstorm gluten-free lunch ideas for August’s Eat Well, Spend Less feature. It’s paying off – one of the lunch ladies at my son’s school said that he has the best looking lunches! Made my day.
I suppose it could have been the pretty bags he uses as much as the homemade food…
I’m excited to share a chance with you today to jump start (or add to) your arsenal of reusable lunch supplies to battle the throw-away bug.
The Giveaway Prize
My Little Green Shop, a mom-owned Canadian company and new sponsor at KS, is offering one lucky winner a sweet little lunch package valued at $37.40:
- Itzy Rizy Reusable/Washable Snack Bags
- Kids Konserve Food Kozies – Reusable Sandwich Wraps
- ONYX 8 cm (3.15 inches) Airtight 3-Clip Food Container
I reviewed the 3-clip food container (pictured above) quite some time ago, and now that I’ve had it for over a year, it’s definitely my favorite stainless steel container. The biggest advantage is that it’s totally airtight and SO easy for kids to get the lid off and on.
You can check out my experience with sandwich wraps HERE. I didn’t have the Kids Konserve version at that time, but I’ve had one since January (in bright orange). Because it’s all plastic, it has a few benefits:
- keeps food a bit fresher, longer
- lies flatter/takes up less space in the drawer
The only disadvantages are plastic touching your food, if you’re really militant about that (although most of the reusable bags on the market are plastic-lined), and that it doesn’t lay flat quite once opened as easily as some of the cloth versions. However, it’s super easy to clean and stays looking nice.
A testimony to how easy it is to change up the plastic baggie habit is that my husband started using them regularly for his lunch as the year went on. I just stored them all in the same sandwich bag drawer, and he got used to the system. (I did have to coach him on where to put them when they needed a good washing, but otherwise he was on top of it.)
About Our Sponsor
My Little Green Shop is an affordable eco-friendly e-boutique with a great selection of safe, non-toxic and sustainable products for babes, children and mamas.
Offerings include organic clothing/accessories, safe toys, BPA-free meal utensils, PVC-free rainwear, organic bath and body products, organic cotton baby slings and nursing pillows & lots more.
Many items are made in either the US or Canada and many others are fair trade. Shipping is free on orders over $100. Frequent giveaways on our Facebook page.
A Coupon for You!
Once you start drooling over the many, many cute items at My Little Green Shop, you can use the code KS15 for 15% off any order, all the way through December 31, 2011 (think Christmas lists, oh yeah!).
Giveaways at Kitchen Stewardship are run via a survey, which means comments on this post do not count (and will be deleted). In the long run, this is quicker for you if you go for extra entries.
There are 7 possible entries! Here’s what you can do to win:
- *Mandatory entry: Choose a favorite product on My Little Green Shop’s “For Mum” page.
- Subscribe in a reader or via email to Kitchen Stewardship (or tell me if you already do).
- “Like” Kitchen Stewardship on Facebook.
- “Like” My Little Green Shop on Facebook.
- Email 5 friends about this giveaway along with the link to it. (Email subscribers can forward their message.)
- Subscribe to the My Little Green Shop newsletter (box at the bottom of the home page)
- Follow @kitchenstew and @MyLttlGreenShop on Twitter AND tweet this:
We’ll throw away less at lunch if I win this #giveaway from @kitchenstew & @MyLttlGreenShop! [ENTER URL HERE]
Remember, comments here DO NOT COUNT. You must use the survey form.
I will use random.org’s integer generator to choose the winner, who will be announced on the blog and will receive an email. The giveaway is open to U.S. AND Canadian residents only. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, October 6 and I’ll post the winners the following week.
Disclosure: I already had the products being given away, so I knew they were good! Giveaways are paid advertising and a great thing for my readers, so I’m happy to include it separately from the review. See my full advertising disclosure here.
Official rules and small print stuff: 1) No purchase necessary to win 2) must be 13 or older to enter and have a mailing address within the sponsor’s boundaries (see above) 3) only one survey entry per person 4) odds of winning depend on number of entries 5) employees of Kitchen Stewardship, LLC or sponsoring company not eligible for participation 6) contest sponsored by My Little Green Shop in Vancouver, Canada 7) prizes must be accepted as is and are not redeemable for cash 8 ) Kitchen Stewardship, LLC and sponsoring company are not liable for any injury or damage to persons and/or things as a result of the acceptance of the prize offered. 9) This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.