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Let the Fun Unfold at Lunch with Funkins #Giveaway

With thoughts turning to daily lunch-making as the kids go back to school, one thought on my mind, is when Trashless Tuesday is going to start.  In my children’s school, they have 1 day a week (Tuesdays) where children are not allowed to throw away any trash.  They are trying to have families be more conscious of the amount of trash they are packing in their children’s lunch boxes.

Did you know?

The average child throws away 67 lbs of lunch waste each school year?

Lunchtime trash is 2nd only to office paper as the leading source of school waste?

One way, that we participate in Trashless Tuesdays, is to use cloth napkins like Funkins.

Funkins

Funkins are bright, reusable cloth napkins made especially for kids and are perfect for lunch boxes.  Funkins are 13”x15”, double-sided patterns made from 100% cotton fabric using low impact dyes. With designs for boys, girls and every holiday, you can add a punch of color and fun to any lunch box.

We not only use Funkins as cloth napkins for school lunches, we also use Funkins to cover cold ice packs when they need to be placed on a boo-boo and in the center of the kids table to create fun centerpieces when we have friends over.

Holiday Funkins

Need more ideas on where/how to use Funkins?  Try these fun ideas:

  • Cupcake or cookie decorating stations for school parties – replace those throwaway table cloths
  • At restaurants or on airplanes
  • To wrap around freezies, popsicles and ice cream cones
  • At the office
  • As a party favor
  • As a burp cloth
  • As a hostess gift
  • As a Teacher’s gift
  • Baby blankets for dollies
  • To brighten your festive holiday table
  • At theme parks
  • Tie one to your purse, diaper bag or backpack – looks fun and great for easy use

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Two (2) Mommy Moment readers will WIN a set of 5 Funkins cloth napkins!

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Comments

  1. provide re-useable containers for snacks and drinks

  2. Victoria Ess says:

    We already do reusable lunches but perhaps we’d use funkins instead of tupperware!

  3. Lynda Cook says:

    Our school had a trashless day once a week and I would pack my girls lunch in containers, the only thing I was guilty about was the drink box, so I told the girls to make sure to bring the container back home

  4. my kids school has litereless lunches…so i just send everything in reusable containers

  5. sharon boyle says:

    No paper or plastic in the lunchbox

  6. I would make sure he brings to school a litterless snack and lunch by using a thermos to hold his noodles and a re-useable container to hold his snacks. The funkins would definitely help with the litterless lunch. He would also bring his reuseable water bottle.

  7. mongupp (@mongupp) says:

    They already tell the kids to take their garbage home! I have given them cloth napkins to use on occasion.

  8. I would send less and try to use as much plastic dishwear to come home

  9. I would make sure their lunches were packed to be trashless-friendly.

  10. jessica z says:

    What a cool idea! I would participate in glassless Tuesdays by packing my kids foods in glass containers, packing their drink in a thermos, using real silverware, and providing them with a cloth napkin.

  11. I would send lunch kits and reusable containers for lunch.

  12. my daughter has litterless lunch Thursdays at her school and everything in her lunch is put into litterless containers.

  13. I send my girls’ lunches in reusable containers and anything like apple cores, etc gets brought home to be put in our composter

  14. DARLENE W says:

    Everything would be in a reusable container, left overs would be brought home and put into the composter

  15. I would use re-usable containers (like Tupperware) to hold lunch/snacks

  16. I always use reusable containers and water bottles!

  17. We currently use only reusable cutlery, containers and pack fresh foods. We wouldn’t have to change a lot for the trash less day :)

  18. Elva Roberts says:

    I would make his/her favourites and use reusable containers and a funkin inside the lunchbox.

  19. everything would go into tupperware.

  20. Christine D says:

    We use reusable containers.

  21. Lunch packaging would be completely reusable.

  22. I’d put everything in tupperware containers :)

  23. Litterless lunches for sure….been doing them for years now. And we just bought stainless steel straws…

  24. Julie Bolduc says:

    I would send the kids with a lunch in reusable plastic

  25. Audrey Skinner says:

    Everything in the lunch would be in reusable containers.

  26. kathy downey says:

    We already do reusable lunches,nothing for the garbage in my kids lunches

  27. Jennifer P. says:

    It would be pretty easy for me because I already send my daughter with a trashless lunch. We use all reusable lunch containers – an insulated lunch bag, and pre-filled Tupperware containers or a thermos, with a reusable Tupperware waterbottle, and our regular household cutlery. Sometimes I do send a napkin if the lunch might get messy, although the classroom has a sink for washing so I don’t do that often. But I guess I should get some of these napkins to use instead!

  28. Use reusable containers and anything that is left-over (cores, peels, etc.) goes into a compost container.

  29. LITTERLESS SNACKS

  30. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I would pack lunches in reusable containers, as we already do every day.

  31. My grandson’s school has a trashless lunch policy, so he already takes his lunch in reusable containers.

  32. Angela Mitchell says:

    Every day is kind of like trashless day at my daughter’s school. She goes to an Eco-Immersion school so they are very concientous of trash and have composting and recycling stations all over the school.

  33. We typically put everything we can in containers, as much as will fit into those generally small lunch bags that are out there. We also use reuseable bottles for water and juice.

  34. washclothes instead of napkins with containers

  35. I would use a re-usable container for sandwiches, cloth napkins and re-usable juice container.

  36. Juliee Fitze says:

    We already do litterless lunches. Everything is in containers.

  37. I would fill the lunchboxes with food in reusable containers and they love their refillable water bottles too.

  38. My kids already have a trash less lunch, I have been encouraging my Girl Scout troop to be trash less too. We have set of cup we use at gatherings instead of disposable.

  39. Melissa Fowers says:

    These weould be great

  40. We mostly do litterless lunches. With the exception of granola bars. I would make granola bars and send them in a container. Healthy and litter-free!

  41. On trashless lunch days we pack sandwiche and snacks in containers and put the drink in a thermos.

  42. We currently only use re-usable containers, and a re-usable bag, I would love it if all schools and camps were “trash less” it is time :)

  43. Send everything in reusable containers.

  44. Anne Derkat says:

    We use re-usable containers and anything not eaten is to be brought home to be composted.

  45. I want to invest in a large metal tray with small food compartments with lid to make it so simple to have a trash free garbage, I would then encourage other parents to do the same :-)

  46. Jennifer I says:

    We almost always pack litter-less lunches. We use reusable containers, sandwich & snack bags and reusable beverage containers. It would be great to be able to add some Funkins to their lunches to brighten things up a little!

  47. Jennifer I says:

    We almost always pack litter-less lunches. We use reusable containers, sandwich & snack bags and reusable beverage containers. It would be great to be able to add some Funkins to their lunches to brighten things up a little!

  48. Of course, and I already try to keep it trashless everyday

  49. Darlene Carbajal says:

    Use containers and biodegradable napkins!

  50. roger simmons says:

    Reusable cups, reusable food containers and cutlery. Recycleable juice carton, pre-prepped lunch kit.

  51. Reusable containers for lunch

  52. Our school does it every year. We use plastic contains for everything in the lunch and we always use a resuable lunch box

  53. Beth Rosell says:

    I would put everything in plastic containers

  54. Jessica Padilla says:

    I would promote reusable containers and have one day for only reusable containers.

  55. WE have reuseable sandwich bags

  56. Viv Sluys says:

    We do trashless lunches almost every day! Fruit, homemade cookies in a container, sandwich or wrap in a container, metal water bottle.

  57. This is a very necessay thing to promote . We arekilling our forests.

  58. Jen Reschke says:

    What a great idea, I would use a Thermos and tupperware type containers just like my Mom used to send me to school with. Fresh fruit for snacking has it’s own wrapper naturally.

  59. Anne Marie Carter says:

    I try do my best to have “trashless days” in my classroom. We recycle everything that is possible and use re-usable utensils.

  60. Sarah Oswald says:

    Everything would be put in reusable containers.

  61. Jessamine D. says:

    I’d use reusable containers and her reusable water bottle. :)

  62. Missy Marie says:

    I went Pier 1 and bought some cloth napkins, they are so colorful and eco friendly. I would pack their lunches in ingloo bags and use re usable containers, water bottle and fresh fruit.

  63. we already do that…every day!

  64. Jennifer L. says:

    I try to do this already with cloth napkins and reusable containers.

  65. All food items would be in reusable or recyclable containers!

  66. we do not use the small container and plastic bags, but instead the reusable juice and food containers

  67. Christa Bengtsson says:

    I guess using containers instead of baggies and cloth napkins is a good idea. or tell them to wait till they get home to throw their lunches away lol.

  68. Darlene Jones-Nelson says:

    first I would put something he would eat in a container (that would be brought back home)! Also I would use our water bottle that also would be brought back home!

  69. I send them to school with cloth sandwich bags.

  70. Reusable food and drink containers, reusable lunch bag and no individually packaged food.

  71. I would pack a lunch using only containers that will be used again.

  72. Sara Sharp says:

    I would CONTINUE using the plastic tupperware (cups and containers) that I have been using for my kids lunches.

  73. Chris Stockford says:

    reuseable sandwich bags

  74. I would use reusable containers and send in water bottles

  75. I would send oranges, if that were to happen.

  76. Katy Emanuel says:

    Ensure all food is in reusable containers. Not purchase items in individual packages for lunches.

  77. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I use reusable containers all the time.

  78. We’d sent everything in his breakfast and lunch in reusable containers.

  79. tina reynolds says:

    I would make sure only reusable containers sent

  80. I already send their sandwiches in containers. I’d just be sure to send their snacks in re-usable containers too.

  81. use all reusable containers!

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