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5 Steps To A Waste-Free LunchShare

Waste-free lunch tips

Everything has a place and everything is in its place with Itsy-Ritsy's colorful new double-decker kids lunch box. Pre-measured compartments leave space for veggies, fruit, sandwiches and sweet treats. So you know your little chowhound is getting a balanced diet. Easy peasy, right?

Waste-free lunch facts

  • Each year, American school kids toss out 4.6 billion pounds of lunch waste.
  • Lunchtime trash is second only to office paper as the leading source of school waste.
  • Americans discard about 2.7 million tons of aluminum yearly, the largest source being used beverage and packaging containers.
  • 3,460,000 tons of tissues and paper towels wind up in landfills each year.
  • Americans produce enough non-biodegradable styrofoam cups annually to circle the earth 436 times.
  • The combined total of nondurable disposables exceeds 11 million tons and only approximately 7 percent is recovered for recycling.
  • Making water bottles for the US generates a billion pounds of carbon dioxide each year.
  • 40 billion plastic utensils are used in the US every year. Most are thrown out after one use.
  • Toxic levels of lead exist in over 40 different juices and juice boxes.
  • Most juice boxes cannot be recycled due to the inseparability of the cardboard, plastic, and aluminum foil used in the product.

Choose your waste-free lunch box, bottle & bag

Box

Box Type

  • Made in the USA - safe, long-lasting, made right here in the US
  • Kids lunch box - from sippy cups to bottles for high schoolers we've separated all our smaller bottles & colorful designs into this category
  • Food containers & bento boxes - protect against squished food and keep it together with our selection of containers & bento boxes

Material

  • Safe plastic lunch box - our lead-safe, vinyl/PVC-free insulated and thermal lunch bags help keep your food cold and fresh
  • Steel lunch box - 100% lead-free, lightweight and compact

Size

  • Small = Like a brown paper lunch bag
    1 sandwich (Wrap-N-Mat or sandwich bag) 1 small reusable bottle
  • Medium = About one-and-a-half paper bags
    large sandwich bag or wrap; small or medium reusable bottle
  • Large = Two paper bags
    large sandwich bag, wrap or stainless steel; container or a Bento Box

Bottle

Bottle Type

  • Made in the USA - safe, long-lasting, made right here in the US
  • Kids bottles - from sippy cups to bottles for high schoolers we've separated all our smaller bottles & colorful designs into this category
  • Collapsible bottles - fill them up just like regular bottles, fold them flat when they're empty - perfect for the lunch box

Material

  • Stainless steel bottles - durable, non-leaching and easy to clean
  • Aluminum bottles - incredibly lightweight, safe and durable
  • Safe platic bottles - economical & dent-proof no-frills alternative to use-and-toss bottles

Size

  • Small = 6-19 oz
    ideal for grade school kids and small lunch bags
  • Medium = 20-39 oz
    for teens, adults and medium/large lunch bags
  • Large = 40+ oz
    great for the office and for larger lunch bags

Bag

Bag Type

  • Made in the USA - our wide array of US-made snack & sandwich bags, lunch bags and more
  • Kids lunch bags - safe, fun & colorful - gets your kids involved in making their own lunches and they'll be eating healthier in no time

Material

Size

  • Small = Like a brown paper lunch bag
    1 sandwich (Wrap-N-Mat or sandwich bag) 1 small reusable bottle; 1 small piece of fruit or snack bag; small utensil set; reusable napkin; non-toxic reusable ice pack
  • Medium = About one-and-a-half paper bags
    large sandwich bag or wrap; small or medium reusable bottle; piece of fruit; snack bag; small utensil set; reusable napkin; small food container
  • Large = Two paper bags
    large sandwich bag, wrap or stainless steel; container or a Bento Box; thermal food jar or snack container; medium or large reusable bottle; utensil set; reusable napkin; non-toxic reusable ice pack; lots of extra room for fruit, veggies, etc

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