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Product Of The Month: Reusable Lunch Bags

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

Konserve Kids reusable lunch bag

When I think about my own years in school one thing I could (and would) have done to be greener is pack my lunch in a reusable lunch bag with reusable sandwich bags. Kim and I always brought our own lunches to school and they consistently included a juice box, piece of fruit, sandwich, chips and cookies. This meant I trashed 1 brown paper bag, juice box and napkin, and 3 plastic bags, 180 days a year.

Over 12 years I estimate that I tossed 2,160 paper bags, juice boxes and napkins and 6,480 plastic bags!

As an adult I still pack my lunch for work almost every day and I have a reusable lunch bag, water bottle, napkins and sandwich bags.

Realistically, a younger version of myself would have used a reusable lunch bag and sandwich bags but it would have been tough to get me to replace the the juice box with a water bottle due to the bulk it would add to my already overstuffed backpack, and using a reusable napkin would have been too uncool.

In my own research for a green reusable lunch bag I found out that many reusable lunch bags contain harmful chemicals and materials. While any reusable lunch bag will cut down on waste, you’ll want to also find a safe option.

Kd Konserve reusable lunch bag setKid Konserve has an a variety of reusable lunch bags that are available in cotton or plastic. All Kid Konserve lunch bags are made out of  sustainable materials like recycled cotton and the insulation is made from recycled plastic. The lunch bags are also free of BPA, phthalates, PVC and lead, which can be harmful if they leech into the food. Plus, Kid Konserve lunch bags come in a variety of colors and patterns, certain to please a variety of tastes, and matching accessories are available to buy in a set with the lunch bag or individually.

If you are trying to get your school-aged children to use switch to a greener lunch bag option, let them help you shop for their new lunch bag. Buying items they won’t use because they don’t like the style, color or functionality won’t do any good. However, a little pre-shopping is advisable so you can present only the options that have met your own safety standards.

Nicole knows making small changes for the greener add up over time and hopes you’re inspired to make some changes of your own after reading her articles. She focuses on easy, green, homemade personal products and green living tips for city dwellers. Nicole lives in Pittsburgh, PA and you can find her on twitter at @_nlg_.

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