SCHOOL IS ALMOST BACK: Zero-Waste School Lunch Ideas

Can you believe school is almost back in session? Our summer here at Khala & Co FLEW by; we LOVED getting to meet so many of you in person at our weekly farmers markets! As a family-run business, owners, Asa and Tamar, too have little ones headed back to school soon. Packing your kiddo a zero-waste lunch can actually be simple with some prep! Lucky for you, we’ve done the hard part for you. We have organized a list of amazing lunch ideas your kids are bound to love.

 

Pro Tip: The easiest way to keep your child’s lunch zero-waste is by limited or avoiding all pre-packaged products (no waste even to start!), however that may not always be accessible for everyone.

Pro Tip: When it comes to packaging, if you opt for reusable options, you will be reducing so much waste (and saving you money in the long run!). If you already have Tupperware or reusable lunch bags/boxes, extend the life of those reusables BEFORE purchasing new, reusable items.

 

Reusable Products we LOVE and recommend:

To-Go Ware Bamboo Utensil Set (This one is GREAT! It has a knife, spoon, fork, straw and even chopsticks)

Khala & Co Reusable Beeswax Wraps 

EcoLunchBox Stainless Steel Bento Box 

Reusable sauce/dressing containers

Reusable lunch bag or box (even a tote bag or reusable shopping bag will work great!)

Reusable Water Bottle

Mason Jars (great for packing salads)

Cloth napkins (just throw it in the wash when your kiddo gets home and reuse, reuse, reuse!!)

 

 

Main Dishes

  1. Sandwiches

Honor your kiddo’s main course with our Beeswax Sandwich Wrap! Whether it’s peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese or your own delicious creation, this is the perfect zero-waste meal. Other options could be a classic turkey, grilled cheese, or tuna sandwich; you can even throw an avocado or tomato on it!

  1. Soup

If you opt for that grilled cheese, tomato soup would go great with it! Not a fan of tomato? Chicken noodle soup, veggie soup or that famous recipe that has been passed down in your family for generations would be a perfect meal for your little one.

  1. Salads
    • Quinoa and chicken with veggies
    • Pasta salad
    • Couscous
  2. Leftovers from last night’s dinner
  3. Bagels (who said you can’t have breakfast for lunch?)
  4. Pasta

Pro Tip: Changing up the bread can be a fun twist! Use lettuce, a tortilla or pita as a wrap instead.

 

Snacks

  1. Fruit and yogurt
  2. Veggies and hummus or ranch
  3. Dried fruit
  4. Trail Mix
  5. Pretzels
  6. Cheese and crackers
  7. Granola bars

You can actually make these yourself! It could be a fun activity for you and your kiddos over the weekend.

  1. Muffins such as blueberry, oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip)
  2. Breads and Loaves such as zucchini bread or banana bread
  3. Apples and peanut butter (or any spread of your desire)

 

Pro Tip: Buy your food in bulk, and individually package it in reusable containers in your child’s lunch (this will help reduce single-use plastic in the long run).

Pro Tip:  You can fold a Medium Wrap into a bag to store snacks like trail mix and crackers and eliminate plastic-bag usage.

 

 

https://aprettylifeinthesuburbs.com/35-easy-school-lunchbox-ideas/

https://wholefully.com/zero-waste-school-lunches/

https://zerowastechef.com/2014/08/17/how-to-pack-a-zero-waste-lunch/