Back to school: how to make a zero waste lunch box?

Posted by Pascale de Montigny on

One week already that our children are at school! Are you still full of motivation? Are you looking for tools to better organize yourself?

This year, I started a zero waste shift. Quietly, but still a turn. At first I was a bit intimidated by the concept and didn't know where to start. It was while discussing with Anne-Marie de la Boutique that I understood that this could be done in small steps. What a relief !

Now I'm going to prepare my first return to school a little more zero waste... I won't be perfect, but I'll be better than last year. Isn't that our goal? Here's how I plan to get started with a zero-waste lunch box:

1) Snacks: No more disposable zipper bags. All children's snacks, whether small fish, celery, grapes or cookies will be packaged in reusable containers.

Here are my favorites:

ReZip Bag - Silicone

Colibri snack bag - Washable pouch

Small rectangular box Dalcini in Stainless

Dalcini Stainless small rectangular container - Boutique Planète Bébé

2) Sandwiches : Same thing as snacks for me this year: No more disposable bags. GOOD-BYE !! There are several options that exist to replace them so why do without them?

Here are my favorite options:

Beeswax wrap - Perfect for sandwiches ( also to replace your plastic wrap in the fridge!)

Square container Dalcini in Stainless  

Dalcini Stainless Square sandwich container - Boutique Planète Bébé

Öko creations Sandwich envelope - Really TOO PRETTY!

Öko creations Sandwich envelope

3) Thermoses - To alternate with the sandwich, I like to prepare hot meals that the children can bring in thermoses. On the other hand, nothing is more unpleasant than a cold spaghetti... so I needed a VERY good thermos.

I opted for the Thermos Yumbox which keeps food warm for 6-8 hours. Just perfect !

4) The utensils - To complete the lunch box, I could take some of our kitchen utensils, but I'm always afraid that they won't come home! So , instead of plastic utensils , I opted for bamboo utensils.

My choice:

Ola Bamboo utensils -

Ola Bamboo Utensils

5) Drinks

Generally, I put a bottle of water in the backpack, but occasionally I also add milk or juice, so I use reusable containers. Drink in a Box!

Drink in the Box - Drinking box - Planète Bébé store

So! I hope these ideas will be useful to you in your preparations for the start of the 2020 school year!


Mother of Alizée, 5 and a half years old (very important to mention it!)

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