10 of the best no-waste packed lunch solutions
You recycle cans, glass and scraps of paper religiously, but your child's daily lunch box packs the bin with a steady stream of plastic sandwich bags, clingfilm, bottles and more. Give packed lunches an eco-friendly makeover with some of these brilliant reusable lunch aids and bask in the satisfaction of no-waste lunch boxes.
A great alternative to disposable sandwich bags, the Keep Leaf Reusable Sandwich Bag is made from a 100% cotton exterior, with waterproof liner to help keep food fresh for longer, with a Velcro closure. Easy care; hand rinse, machine washable and dishwasher safe.
Perfect for pasta salad, this lunch bowl has a lid with a water-tight seal and a separate sauce pot for dressing (or ketchup). A fork and knife are also included. Microwave and dishwasher safe.
Want to send your child off to school with warm soup or pasta on a chilly day? LunchBots Containers keep hot foods hot for hours and are made from food-grade stainless steel. Unlike a flask, the bowl-like shape is easy to fill (and for children to eat out of). Available in four colours. Leak-proof and virtually unbreakable. Handwash only.
Beeswax wraps protect food while allowing it to breathe; they're antibacterial, water resistant and a natural food preserver. Wraps should last for a year or longer and can be composted at the end of their life. This family pack contains five wraps in three sizes and three designs. Hand wash, air dry.
Yumbox is designed to make it easy to prepare a perfectly balanced lunch. The pre-portioned tray has spaces for fruit, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy (plus a tiny treat), and the one-lid seal closure means that you don't need to wrap foods individually, the yoghurt won't leak onto the crackers. Very practical (just pop the whole thing in the dishwasher), the Yumbox fits into a standard insulated lunch bag for carrying to school.
Itzy Ritzy reusable and washable bags are ideal for snacks and fruit, and the zip closure is easy for little hands to deal with. The fabric exterior is 100% cotton and comes in four different designs; the PVC-free interior lining is waterproof. Machine washable.
A photo-personalised water bottle will never go missing at school, as well as being eco-friendly! There are fifteen different characters to choose from (monkeys, monsters, pirates, princesses and more) and two sizes (500ml, white and 600ml, silver). The aluminium comes with two lid options: a plastic flip-top lid and a screw-top lid with fob attachment.
Dispense with clingfilm, foil or plastic sandwich bags and wrap your child's sarnie in a reusable wrap. Once you've had your lunch, rinse it out with the washing up or stick it in the washing machine, ready to use again.
A compact, super-bright solution which guarantees sandwiches won't be squashed in transit. The rubber seal helps keep sandwiches fresher for longer. Lime, aqua and pink colours. BPA and lead free; dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe.
RUSSBE bags are easy for little fingers to open, with a Grip & Pull tab, and have a stand-up design for mess-free snacking. Reinforced seams and a locking seal keep food fresh and prevent leaks, and the bags are dishwasher safe. Write your child's name on each bag with a pen and they should offer a school-year's-worth of service!