How to Pack an Eco-Friendly Lunch {MightyNest Giveaway}

by Chrystal Johnson on August 17, 2014

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pack-ecofriendly-lunchLast year when I was packing Zoë’s lunches, I got into a bad habit of using plastic baggies way more than I had intended. We had some great reusable items, but not enough for me to use them every day without washing more frequently.

This year, my goal is to use very few disposable items in her lunch box, and really challenge myself to pack her lunch in a much more eco-friendly manner. So I was thrilled with the package of eco-friendly lunch items that MightyNest sent to us this year (you can check out what they sent us last year here).

Throughout the year, I discovered the secret to being able to pack an eco-friendly lunch is to have a variety of reusable containers – different sizes, shapes and materials – so you can always have the perfect container for whatever it is you’re packing. And everything has to be easy to wash.

So, we talked about what we needed to make that happen. Zoë decided she wanted a zip-up lunch box, but she wanted the same pattern of the lunch bag she used last year. So we got the Insulated Lunch Box from Wildkin. And I wanted more reusable sandwich and snack bags as well as more container options. We now have an awesome selection thanks to MightyNest.

We had some stainless steel containers that I often used in her lunch already, but they are round and don’t use space efficiently in her new lunchbox. The LunchBots stainless steel container fits perfectly into her new lunchbox.

lunch-boxIt’s a Bento-style container with 2 sections. You can further divide up the areas by using silicone muffin wrappers. It’s so easy to make a healthy lunch for her now.

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She said this would be the perfect amount of food for lunch, and we’d just need to pack some fruit for snack and she’d be perfect. Of course she reminded me that she’d need her water too – of course I wouldn’t forget that.

The Thermos stainless steel water container is great. It’s insulated so it will keep cold water cold. She loves the flip top with the straw, and this size is more convenient for school than the larger size she used last year.

I also really love the Kids Konserve ice pack. It’s a gel ice pack and the cover is removable so you can wash it – because we all know it will inevitably be soiled during a lunchtime spill.

ice-packThe Bamboo utensils are really cool too. That was the first thing that Zoë picked up and got excited about. Even though she’s never used chop sticks before, she is really looking forward to trying them in her lunch. I guess I need to pack her some leftover noodles one day!

bamboo-utensilsIn addition to these items, we also received a sandwich and snack sized reusable bag from Lunchskins. The material seems like it will wipe clean very easily.

I also like the Wean Green cube. It’s the perfect size for a serving of applesauce or blueberries. Even though it’s glass, it doesn’t feel too heavy because it’s on the smaller side.

I really love the entire set of eco-friendly lunch gear that MightyNest sent us this year. If you’re still doing back to school shopping, go visit MightyNest. A portion of your purchase can even be donated to your child’s school through their MightyNest for Schools program!

Through this program, MightyNest pledges to give 15% of every purchase back to your school. So shopping at MightyNest for back to school literally gives back to your school! This year their goal is to give back $1,000,000 (wow!!), so when you purchase lunch gear from MightyNest, please sign your school up so they can benefit from your purchase.

Win Eco-friendly Lunch Gear!

MightyNest will be giving one of my readers the same set of lunch gear that I reviewed (style may vary). This awesome prize package is valued at over $100. Enter via the widget below. Open to US only. Good luck!

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About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Amanda Alvarado August 18, 2014 at 7:34 pm

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2 amanda @attachedmoms August 19, 2014 at 12:03 am

I love this. We use mostly reusable lunch things. I have to get a few more bottles though – they seem to keep breaking – they’re almost disposable (recycled) I swear!
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3 heather August 19, 2014 at 5:45 am

ahh…ziploc baggies…My personal nemesis. I love them and I hate that I love them! Convenience is a plus, but the plastic…ugh! Thanks for some great ideas on how to get rid of them once and for all for the kid’s lunches!
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4 Kelly Bisciotti August 22, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Great giveaway! Sharing! We have a few LunchBots and love them. I really like the idea of the silicone cupcake shells for extra storage, and the bamboo utensils are awesome. You’ve given me some great ideas for this coming school year!
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5 Aras Androck August 25, 2014 at 3:52 am

Great tips. Eco-friendly lunch indeed.
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6 Farrah August 25, 2014 at 7:59 pm

Super cute! My husband needs a better lunch bag situation.

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