Having grown up in a very progressive (ahem hippie) and environmentally friendly community, brown sack lunches weren't exactly the norm but we still had our fair share of disposable, plastic baggies and convenience single serving food items in our lunches. Smashed bananas and sandwiches were a right of passage every kid experienced, right up there with leaky thermoses and forgotten permission slips or library books (we didn't have homework...told you it was hippie). These days, sack lunches (aka disposable lunches) are reserved for special occasions such as field trips and off campus events.
When I do have to send a completely disposable lunch, here's a little trick I learned on Pinterest. I wish I could remember where I saw this so I could give the original pinner credit- it's brilliant!
Take an empty berries clam shell and use it as a lunch box. Since this will not be in an insulated lunch box, I send a frozen water bottle as an ice pack. I line the clam shell with a napkin and put the drink(s) at the bottom then layer with the sandwich at the very top so it does not get smushed. The berries (not my favorite choice for a disposable lunch but my son's pick) are also at the top next to the sandwich with nothing on top of them. In today's clam shell my son received two drinks, a sandwich, a carrot, a serving a mixed berries, a fruit leather a pack of pirates booty and a granola bar. Enough (hopefully) for morning snack and lunch.
*this is not a sponsored post. I LOVE Easy Lunch Boxes and the opinions expressed are completely my own. I was not compensated for this posting.