How to Pack a Waste-Free Lunch

reusable-containers2-300x227Calculating the amount of lunch trash being produced each day at our campuses was an important exercise in awareness for our school community.  And it’s a big part of the reason we have embraced our Oregon Green School’s certification process with passion and purpose.

With a little extra planning and forethought, it’s easy to pack a healthy, waste-free lunch for your child.  Here are some useful tips:


  • Reusable containers for sandwiches and other foods
  • Fresh, whole fruits and vegetables without packaging
  • Yogurt packaged in containers larger than 6 ounces, or purchased in bulk and transferred to reusable container
  • Drinks packed in containers which can be reused (such as a thermos) or recycled
  • Snack foods (such as crackers or dried fruit) purchased in bulk and transferred into a reusable container
  • Washable, reusable utensils (fork/spoon)
  • Reusable (non-toxic gel) ice packs

Avoid the use of non-recyclable or non-reusable items such as:

  • Plastic baggies for sandwiches or other foods
  • Individually packaged fruit or applesauce
  • Individually packaged yogurt in tubes or containers smaller than 6 ounces
  • Individually packaged fruit drinks with plastic straws
  • Individually packaged snack foods such as crackers, trail mix, dried fruit
  • Plastic utensils (fork/spoon)
  • Toxic (chemical) ice packs

You’ll find some fantastic waste-free lunch friendly resources at the Kids Konserve website.

Here’s to waste-free and healthy!

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