According to wastefreelunches.org, It has been estimated that on average a school-age child using a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of waste per school year. That equates to 18,760 pounds of lunch waste for just one average-size elementary school. (1)
Sixty. Seven. Pounds.
At Sneakz, our mission is to Fuel Your Best Life and one way we do that is by creating products that come from whole foods. With that, we are conscious of the ways we can influence the health, wellbeing, and regeneration of people and our planet and its resources. Some considerations that factor into our approach include our own processes, packaging, and transport and more broadly, education.
There are dozens of options for sustainable lunchboxes out there. PlanetBox is a plastic-free favorite of ours because it offers several different styles and compartment options, is super compact and is a breeze to clean. Life Without Plastic makes another great style out of organic wool and cotton.
Icepacks might not have occurred to you before as something "not" sustainable, but most mainstream icepacks you can get your hands on are made with plastic and other toxins. SoYoung makes these non-toxic ice packs that won't sweat all over your lunch, along with some rad lunchboxes.
More than 40% of plastic is used just once and then thrown away. Companies like BeesWrap make storing food sustainably really simple. Their product is made with organic cotton and beeswax and is washable, reusable, and fully biodegradable.
For keeping your snacks, sando's and such separate - these food-safe, BPA free and easily washable and reusable bags are a great, space-saving way to go. Real Simple did this great review/break-down of the best materials, styles, etc.
Did you know an average American uses 2,200 paper napkins a year, and most of them end up in landfills? Use reusable napkins to cut down on the amount of trash you generate! Some cute ones here from a company called GingerPie on Amazon.
We put a great deal of time and energy into making our products and packaging as good for the planet as they are for you. Our Milkshakes come in fully recyclable Tetrapacks that don't need to be kept cold before opening at home or on the go. Our Smoothie Mix and Meal2Go are easy to prepare in your reusable bottle of choice by adding a serving of the powder to the bottle and simply adding water or your liquid of choice when you're ready to enjoy.