"Wow guys, way to dump on a school system trying to give you way to make
your kids lunch interesting. No, I won't be buying those laptop lunch
boxes, but I will be going to the dollar store and fabricating my own.
Always looking for ways to get my guys to eat their veggies and leafy
"I love our planet lunch box. The best part is that when my daughter opens
it, she sees everything right away, instead of having to open a bunch of
containers, many of which used to come back full because she never opened
them. It's also very durable and the magnets mean that they can grow up
with your kid. It's not as cheap as a paper bag, but on the other hand, it
lasts for years and you don't have to throw a single thing away.
"I was excited to read the article about the great ideas for school
lunches. I was disappointed to find that it was a collection of
overpriced, gimmicky, "green" lunch boxes.
We are in a recession, and don't need new, improved ways to separate us
from more of our money!
"These are great picks! You can save on packaging waste & shipping costs by
picking most of them up in one spot- reuseit.com "
"I am commenting more on the picture that accompanies the article rather
than article. I am shocked and horrified that GreatSchools would put a
picture on its front page of a lunchbox with a can of soda in it! I can
accept the chocolate chip cookie, altho that's not really a healthy snack
to be giving your kid to school. But a can of soda?! Come on! You can do
better than that picture!
"I am a big fan of being green especially when its easy and cheaper. I have
been using a soft lunch box that has built in ice packs so you just wipe
it out and stick it in the freezer they cost $11 at Fred Meyer. I then use
those little Tupperware containers you buy by the plastic baggies that are
reusable but cheap so when they get lost or broken its less than $1 lost.
You buy them in sets of 3 or 4 depending on the brand and can get them on
sale for about $2 a pack. For those of us that cant afford $35-$45 sets
that will be lost and probably stolen on a regular basis, this is a good
"With all due respect to the concerned moms that "invented" these
containers but do they really have to cost up to $100 a pop - which is the
case w/ some of the offers in this article if you want cooling and
containers or a complete set and not just the lunchbox and the whole point
was to avoid the bags and wraps right?
My daughter's starting 5th grade this fall & I've never bought paper bags
or used tin foil or wax paper! We use a sandwich sized snap lock box (also
PBA and lead free!) if she takes only a sandwich and different box w/
several compartments if she takes snacks along as well. For dips or salad
dressing (yes, she takes salads to school), we use small plastic
containers w/ well sealing lids and for the lettuce a bigger container. As
for drinks we usually use am aluminum children's bottle which fits
perfectly along w/ any of the food containers onto a standard size
insulated lunchbox which I've recently replaced w/ one that is frozen
entirely to avoid the extra ice pack. Lets face it: most moms can't afford
to spend that much - or even half that, especially if they have more than
And then you have the issue of the child bringing everything back and not
throw it out like he/she is used to doing for years which we all know is
not a child's strong suit and at the end if the school year that can get
very expensive - and there go all good intentions!
I guess my point is a more eco friendly way should start with the behavior
i.e. teach your child to bring whatever he/she uses back home & poss. even
reuse them after thorough cleaning - which you have to do w/ the new ones
anyway - then move on to special containers and utensils.
"Kids Konserve Waste Free Lunch Boxes .. great idea, but for $45.00 each
and I have five kids, that's wayyy over my green budget.
"As a veteran mom, I can't with good conscience recommend spending ANYTHING
on lunch box/bags. My daughter's school is strewn with beautiful
(obviously expensive) lunch boxes and if it weren't for some of the kids
having unique names and my personally walking the boxes back to the owner,
they'd stay there for months.
There's nothing wrong with the plain brown bag, taking a couple of Sharpie
markers to it and creating a work of art. Even a non-artist mom like me
figured out how to draw some of her favorite characters (Mo Willems of the
Pigeon books even shows you how to draw that pesky pigeon). Or a heart,
rainbow, a car, a tree, you name it. These bags became so popular, my
daughter was quizzed by the kindergarten teacher aide and every day made
to feel extremely special. Since I was helping with their art program, I
was able to sketch their monthly art project quickly on the bag, so she
had bags with Frieda Kahlo, Van Gogh, Faith Ringgold, etc. on them, too.
Another re-usable idea is to save the bags from vacation
souvenirs--Disneyland, etc. The smaller bags are the perfect size. This
gives your child a quick reminder of their fun time long after the summer
vacation is over. Certain favorite restaurant bags are popular to reuse
as well--Starbucks & Cheesecake Factory are real popular with my daughter
because of their size and handles. Some of these bags last weeks, and
with rotation, last the entire school year.
My daughter is most looking forward this year (4th grade) to using the
simple bag that came with a Subway meal she picnicked on back in June.
It's great in a very controlled environment (like preschool), but parents
of elementary school parents beware--don't spend money on something
they're going to lose in the first week of school and you'll both be
"Laptop Lunches are great, too! Find them at
"We love the reusable and nontoxic containers from LUNCHVILLE.COM. They
have stainless steel drink bottles and food cases, fabric sandwich and
snack bags, and beautifully designed lunch bags for children and adults. "