There are lots of ways to help reduce waste when you're packing a lunch for yourself or for your kid. To avoid using an icepack to keep things cool, try freezing a food item in the box and letting it do double duty instead. One idea is to freeze cups of yogurt so they act as an icepack in your box; by lunchtime the yogurt will have thawed out enough to eat, but will still be cold. And wrap sandwiches in aluminum foil instead of plastic single-use bags; foil keeps things cool and fresh, and it's fully recyclable, too.
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