School lunches can produce lots of waste from plastic wrapping to chip packets and sealed snack bags. Waste free lunches are designed to eliminate the use of unnecessary packaging by using reusable products that are environmentally friendly. This means no excess waste is produced in the making or consumption of school lunches.
Creating waste free lunches is an easy way to help ensure your child is consuming food that is nutritious and less toxic by reducing packaged and processed foods and introducing fresh whole foods. Tracey Bailey, founder of Biome Eco Stores lists six ways you can reduce the waste in your child’s school lunches.
The thought of packing good cutlery into a child’s lunch box can be worrying for some parents. Instead give your child the responsibility of taking care of their own cutlery and purchase a set that comes with a storage bag. This will ensure your cutlery won’t get lost and will prevent you from purchasing disposable plastic cutlery that takes over 100 years to decompose.
The convenience of disposable paper napkins or towels make it appealing to pack one in to your child’s lunchbox, however this single use product contributes greatly to landfill and destroys our natural resources. Instead pack a reusable napkin and wash it after each use.
A common lunchtime meal consumed by children every year are sandwiches which are usually packaged in plastic wrap or aluminium foil, methods of which contribute to excess environmental waste. Instead, try a reusable lunch wrap made from fabric. It will keep your child’s sandwich fresh without the use of plastic or aluminium foil wrapping and can be washed and used again.
Bento-style lunch boxes are a fun and waste free way to package nutritious food for your child’s lunch. The range of compartments allow you to provide a variety of different foods for your child to consume. From blueberries to rice, dried fruit or vegetables, this style lunch box is fun, nontoxic and completely waste free.
Disposable plastic water bottles are becoming a major environmental issue. They significantly contribute to landfill every year, litter our oceans and extract valuable natural resources from our planet. Instead of giving your child a plastic disposable water bottle or pre-packaged juice opt for a reusable stainless steel or PBA free plastic bottle.
Reusable pouches and plastic free container
Single use plastic zip lock bags contribute greatly to landfill and harm our planet in many ways. Instead of using single use plastic zip lock bags try reusable pouches or plastic free containers to store food. These reusable items will significantly reduce your household contribution to landfill.
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