How to Pack a No Waste Lunch

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This school year I will pack over 400 lunches. I strive to send my children off to school with healthy, well-balanced lunches that will keep their energy levels up and their minds focused. But as we all heard loud and clear at the opening ceremony of the Olympics, the environment needs our help and it is up to us to make that change. When I think about those 400 lunches, I know I can make a difference by sending each of my littles off with a no waste lunch.

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Packing a no waste lunch is easier than it sounds and it, like anything else, just requires a little practice, determination and the right tools. As a busy WAHM, I am all about making back to school shopping as painless as possible. The thought of combing aisle after aisle to grab what I need makes my head spin. I gathered everything I needed with an easy click. Jet.com had everything I needed to pack a no waste lunch and I didn't even have to leave my house!

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You will need to invest a bit to get started on packing no waste lunches. Experience has taught me to chose wisely so the refillable, and reusable items can last for school years to come. Jet.com is a site curated with top brand name items from everything like day-day to essentials, to everything you need to pack a no waste lunch for back to school. As you shop you can watch the prices drop, which turned into a kind of game for me. The more I filled up my cart on Jet.com, the more I saved per item.

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A huge bonus for the back to school rush is that you can enjoy 2-day delivery on thousands of items (just look for the 2-day delivery icon!) With Jet.com your family can shop all of your back-to-school needs as well as every day essentials, Plus, everything gets delivered directly to your door! I enjoyed free shipping over $35, a minimum order price that’s easy to reach and makes shopping at Jet.com a breeze!

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The first and easiest step is to get a reusable lunch box, tote, sack, bag-whatever your child will use every day to carry their lunch to school. We are obsessed with bees in our house, so finding this soft, insulated lunch box was meant to "bee". Ditch the plastic water bottles, and juice boxes and try a reusable bottle. We chose this one from Kid-Basix because of its lovely fuschia accents and attached cap (which not only means it will keep the spout clean, but it won't get left on the cafeteria table either!)

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To pack a variety of different snacks, you'll need various sized containers. With Jet.com doing a search for what you need is easy. The site is super easy to navigate, and find what you are looking for. Not too many choices to feel overwhelmed, yet enough variety to choose what is just right for you.

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Mini stainless steel containers are perfect for dips, nuts, trail mix or olives. We rely on reusable snack bags for dry snacks like veggie sticks, pretzels or crackers. The kids love these sturdy re-zip snack bags from Blue-Avocado because not only do they zipper close, they're clear so the kids get a sneak-peek of what's inside. We also say goodbye to single serve yogurt cups and apples sauce.

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We replaced the plastic cups with refillable food pouches for up to 5 oz. of semi-liquid food. The kids love the ease of the pouch and I the ones from GoFreshBaby are easy to fill, seal and get clean. Do yourself a favor a get a few mini funnels to make filling the pouch a breeze. I use a bottle brush after each use to get the pouches nice and clean.

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Finding healthy snacks like organic applesauce, non-gmo mixed nuts and
Jet.com made shopping organic apple slices bring me to my happy place. I love that I can re-order previously purchased items without a hassle, and with Jet.com there's no membership or annual fees.

For larger items or "build you own" options, sectioned containers are a great alternative to sandwich bags, tin foil or plastic wrap. We opted for Mulit-color, Bento-style clear containers that are BPA-free, kid friendly, and locks in freshness and smells. The different sections are great for keeping messier foods in place, and work especially well for those kids that don't like their foods to touch.

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Top off your no waste lunch with a love note and viola' you'll not only get a smile from your little one, but a nod of approval from Mother Earth.

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