By this time you know we’re an eco-friendly, cloth diapering family. Over the past five years we’ve saved somewhere in the neighbourhood of 12,000 paper disposable diapers. That’s a whole lot of diapers! But of course diapers aren’t the only thing that can be replaced with cloth alternatives. For example, what could be easier than replacing your paper napkins with cloth?
Ever since Tee started attending school full-time and eating lunches in class, I’ve made a point of sending waste-free, litterless lunches with her. We use stainless steel containers, reusable snack bags, and a much loved Hello Kitty stainless steel water bottle to keep all those sandwich baggies, plastic wrap, tin foil, disposable packaging, and juice boxes out of the landfill.
I recently realized though, that Tee’s been using paper towels at school to clean up after lunch. Even though we’ve been using cloth napkins at home for years, somehow I missed including one in her lunch! We recently received some Funkins napkins for Earth Month, and I knew right away these would be perfect to send to school with her.
Now that Tee’s five, she’s been quite vocal about all the things she’s old enough to do now. I keep telling her that driving the car is a bit too ambitious, but making her own lunch? That I’m on board with. So this week Tee started helping me make her lunches. She loves putting her sandwich together, peeling the carrots for carrot sticks, and choosing which Funkin napkin to pack with her lunch. We call it the Funkin of the Day!
Today we made a deviled egg salad sandwich with a hard boiled egg, my homemade mayonnaise, and a pinch each of black pepper, chipotle chili powder, and dried mustard powder on gluten-free bread.
And then Tee peeled the carrots, and I cut them into sticks. She packed them up in a reusable snack bag, managing to sneak one or two as we worked together.
Each reversible Funkins napkin is made with high quality CPSIA compliant 100% cotton and printed with low impact dyes. At 13″ x 15″, they’re a great size to do double duty as a stylish placemat at her table before wiping her mouth and hands after lunch. At the end of the school day, Tee knows the routine: bring her containers and water bottle into the kitchen, then drop off her Funkin in the laundry room.
Today’s Funkin of the Day has superheroes on it. This is one of our favourites!
Tee wanted to show you how she packs her litterless lunch for school.
They’re not all for Tee though. I like to keep a couple in the diaper bag for when we eat out. Cloth napkins don’t fall apart when you scrub sticky barbecue sauce off fingers or clean up a spaghetti face. Instead of having to wave down a server and getting the stinkeye because I keep asking for more paper napkins, one or two Funkins will cover the messiest job. And when it’s full, we just take it to the restroom, rinse it in the sink, and wipe the kids down with the damp cloth so they’re really clean.
How old were you kids when they stared making their own lunches? How do you reduce lunch litter?
Disclosure: I am taking part in the Funkins blog campaign. While I have received compensation as part of my affiliation with this program, the opinions shared are my own.