Jill in Atlanta found a way to give her lidded divided plates a new life in the lunchroom:
When my children were toddlers I used divided plates that had lids. I never used the lids and stashed them away. Recently I started to put away the plates for good and discovered the lids. I realized they were perfect for lunches. With the whole reusable, zero trash movement I’d been eyeing the fabulous bento-style boxes with lots of compartments. These are almost the same. The other day I put egg salad, some grapes and a mini croissant in one of them, tucked in an ice pack and had only one container sent to school. Less to forget, less to wash (dishwasher safe) and no cost since I already owned them.
Rubbermaid also makes Takealongs, the reusable-but-disposable containers, in divided styles. I’ve seen them at the grocery store, but have always managed to make do with what I’ve got.