Anymore it seems like school children start back to school about the same time as the colleges that run on semesters. I don’t remember it being that way growing up and certainly don’t remember seeing back to school advertisements in July.
For the month of August, I’m going to focus on lunch packing for kids, teens, college-age students and adults believing that good habits starts young and carry into adulthood. Plus, with the Lunch It Punch It cards, you can make lunch packing a family or friend challenge.
According to the EPA, each child who brings a brown bag lunch to school every day generates 67 pounds of waste by the end of the school year. Reuseit.com offers five ideas for a waste-free lunch:
1. Reusable lunch bags – replace the throw away brown bag with something safe and sustainable – better looking and better for the environment.
2. Reusable containers – I’ve mentioned my love of Pyrex and smaller containers that I use to pack my lunch in everything from the main dish to yogurt and granola. This helps with portions control as well as avoiding extra packaging that is thrown away at each lunch. For children, choose items that work well with their lunch tote and make sure they know the containers come home each day.
3. Reusable snack and sandwich bags – Since I was flying I bought quart zipper bags, but they have lasted me at least two years because I rarely use them. Instead, I use reusable bags when I would have used baggies. According to ReSnackIt, an estimated 20 MILLION baggies are thrown out at schools weekly. What’s the cost per family?
4. Reusable Utensils & Napkins – I pack my regular flatware in my lunch and bring it home to wash. For kids, there is plastic and bamboo utensils that are small and lightweight for lunch totes. I also started using cloth napkins.
5. Reusable Water bottles – I searched for statistics on money spent on water bottles and found a few, but calculate what you spend on plastic water bottles versus a filling up a reusable water bottle from a filtered pitcher or fountain.
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