Ah, school lunches. Brown bags, zip-top baggies, paper napkins, plastic water bottles--not the most environmentally friendly solution. And thankfully, companies are starting to realize that, and come up with innovative ideas. Like the Kids Konserve Waste-Free Lunch Kit, an eco-friendly yet stylish lunch bag that includes stainless steel containers, reusable sandwich wraps and cloth napkins--all made from the safest, nonleaching, bisphenol-A-free (BPA), lead-free, and phthalate-free materials.
The lunch kit comes with a stainless-steel beverage bottle you can fill with water or juice, 2 8-ounce stainless-steel containers with leakproof plastic lids, a reusable baggie for sandwiches, a cloth napkin, and a recycled aluminum name tag. And the entire kit is packaged in a recycled cotton canvas lunch sack.
An especially nice feature of the kit is the size of the containers--they're large enough to keep kids satisfied and small enough to ensure you won't overfill them and end up with lots of wasted food every day.
The reusable baggie, by the way, is not really a baggie. It's a square of a heavy plastic material that seals shut over your sandwich. Wipe it clean, and reuse it, day after day.
When the kit arrived at our house, my daughters fought over who would get to use it. I wouldn't recommend the kit for kids under about age 6--they might throw away the baggie or other parts--but my 8- and 10-year-old daughters are "totally into the environment" and think the kit is pretty cool. Order yours online at http://www.kidskonserve.com/.