Pack School Lunches With DIY Eco-Love

Summer is fading fast, and while it is bittersweet to say goodbye to those lazy, hazy days of summer, the start of a new school year brings expectations of new beginnings.

In my post about ditching the sandwich bags, it was noted that, “The average American school kid generates 67 pounds of discarded school lunch packaging waste per year. That is more than 18,000 pounds yearly for the average-sized elementary school.”

Why not show your children you care about them and the environment by beginning the school year with these two eco-lunch alternatives to paper and plastic lunch waste that you can make yourself?

2 DIY Projects That Help Cut School Lunch Waste

DIY Eco-Lunch Mat

These Lunch Mats, designed by Creative Kismet are just so cute. Check out how she included a reusable napkin and cutlery. Using eco-fabric or leftover scraps would be greenest choice to create these mats. Here’s the Lunch Mat tutorial.

DIY Eco-Sandwich Wrap

If you haven’t already found an ecological alternative for wrapping your child’s lunch, try making this Sandwich Wrap. Here’s the Sandwich Wrap tutorial.


Elisa F.
Elisa F3 years ago

Nice :) Thanks for Sharing.

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Good idea thanks for sharing

Nicole Kapise-Perkins

These are great! My preschooler will be all kitted out for lunch!

Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

iii q.
g d c6 years ago

very cute, but would need to be tossed in wash daily???

Joyce S.
Joyce S6 years ago

We got these reusable containers for our sandwiches. We've been using them since 6th grade or something!

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Great article. Thanks.

Marcia Machado
Marcia Machado6 years ago

These bags are so cute.

David M.
David M.7 years ago


Dave C.
David C7 years ago

these are great! we really try hard to not send our children with anything that isn't reusable and will have to consider making these as a holiday type project