Sunday, January 18, 2009
I have only one more year before I will need to plan for packing a lunch for my oldest daughter to go to (gulp) kindergarten. But I do know that I want to have no waste from her lunches, and send her with containers that are safe and chemical free.
I found a great website to help us parents green our kid's lunches. Kids Konserve is an online store devoted to providing safe and green lunch products for kids.
I was lucky enough to receive the Kids Konserve Waste-Free Lunch Kit that is pictured above. It has a beautiful cloth bag with butterflies (caterpillars are available, too), a stainless steel water bottle and a cloth napkin with the same design, two stainless steel (perfect size) snack containers, and a #4 reusable plastic sandwich wrapper. So, absolutely no waste right down to the napkin. How cool is that?
Kids Konserve uses stainless steel because, "Our food grade stainless steel is the cleanest non-leaching and safest to put your food in."
The lunch kit is adorable, immediately usable and small enough to fit in a backpack. I would love to get a thermos for soup, too (if my kid ever start to like soup again).
I asked lots of questions of the owner and green lunch advocate, Christy. She was patient with me. I did learn that the water bottle is made in China, but is tested for safety. Kids Konserve is trying to move towards all of their products being made in the U.S. The number 4 plastic is considered a safer plastic, and it is certainly safer than some of the sandwich wraps that are made with PVC plastic.
Now that I have this kit, I will actually have to pack a lunch for my daughter for school. And I can feel no guilt about the environmental impact. I don't know how you parents do this. I can barely feed myself in the morning (and slug down a cup of coffee). So how do you all find time to pack healthy lunches??