Debra Lynn Dadd

Non-plastic and Green Lunch Supply Alternatives

QUESTION:

Here's a question for everyone: What kinds of green and safe products exist for on-the-go lunch making? I am on the hunt for convenient system that can house food for lunches and keep them fresh without toxic leaching chemicals from plastics or other material. Seems like so much waste is generated using ziploc bags and they are also plastic which isn't good. Something that is safe for kids and the environment.

I am aware of Laptop Lunches, but I think the components are still made of plastic. I would like to know about any others that anyone has come across. Any help is appreciated!

POSTED BY ERIK :: DC USA :: 05/01/2008 10:51 AM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

Good question. Readers?

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

I still use plastic sandwich bags, and wrap "wrapable" items in wax paper before putting it in the plastic bag. I know it's creating waste, but I try to re-use the wax paper if it's not dirty.

You can also put snacks in recycled brown lunch bags, or purchase cloth "baggies" that velcro shut. Debra has a link for these re-usable cloth baggies.

POSTED BY AMG :: INDIANA USA :: 05/06/2008 11:34 AM


I agree - I really would like a better solution for bringing my lunch to work, especially food that I need to heat. Now when I want to reheat leftovers I am stuck using Pyrex and just making sure the lids don't touch the food. I am also on the hunt for a travel coffee mug that is phthalate-free. Everything I see is made from #7 plastic. Anyone have any sources?

POSTED BY COOPERNINER :: NEBRASKA USA :: 05/06/2008 11:38 AM


Try Stainless steel containers. I know Indians and many eastern countries have used it for decades. Hard to find but if there is an Indian community around, you can probably find a store that carries it.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Actually, a search on "stainless steel lunch containers" produces many stainless steel options to choose from.

POSTED BY HANNAH :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 05/06/2008 11:50 AM


I was looking for some sippies for my kids and I found this and thought of this question:

www.nubiusorganics.com/Wrap-N-Mat-P328.aspx

It's called a Wrap-N-Mat and their production description says,

"It's a wrap! Wrap-N-Mat ,a great alternative to the millions of disposable snack and sandwich bags used everyday. Wrap your sandwiches and snacks in these easy to use mats. When you\'re ready to eat, it unfolds into a handy place mat.

Simply place the sandwich or other snack foods in the center of the wrap and fold left to right, top to bottom and close the hook and loop fasteners. WRAP-N-MAT wraps keeps food fresh for hours.

We recommend hand washing in warm water and air dry, WRAP-N-MAT wraps may also be machine washed and dried on low heat.

Food safe, PEVA liner that wipes clean."

They have lots of other things including those Laptop Lunches you mentioned in this category at www.nubiusorganics.com/Wrap-N-Mat-P328.aspx (the index site is www.nubiusorganics.com

They have products from a company called 'Built NY' that seem promising, but I don't know about their plastic content or what although they do make some really cute stuff for lunch totes. I think those are probably the best of the ones I found.

Also these sites have a few

www.Reusablebags.com

www.mimithesardine.com (which I found at the Reusable Bags site)

I hope that helps at least a little.

POSTED BY FAELI :: TX USA :: 05/06/2008 12:05 PM


Kind of a side comment, but plastics makers are starving for recycled plastics. The channel is only about 30% as full as they'd like.

POSTED BY BRIAN H :: BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA :: 05/15/2008 11:33 PM


I use Thermos stainless steel containers. They only hold a cup. WalMart--about $15.00.

POSTED BY KATY :: NORTH CAROLINA USA :: 05/19/2008 8:48 PM


I use mason jars, and recycles glass jars for snacks and other food that I carry with me. I have learned to be more careful with the glass.

POSTED BY REENIE :: FL USA :: 05/19/2008 9:00 PM


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