Many schools are instituting this idea of a ‘Litterless Lunch’, or at least encouraging kids and their families to be more eco-friendly with their school lunches, and in general at home. Although some might think it could be very difficult to send their kid to school with a lunch without any garbage, here are a few simple tips to get you started…
5) Mason jars are good for little snacks, like nuts and raisins. Buy snacks in bulk to save money, and use containers to avoid wasteful individualized packaging.
4) Use cutlery and cloth napkins for the older kids of course, but you could also try giving baby cutlery to younger kids. Just remind them instead of using paper towel, to use their cloth napkin instead. They can be washed and reused.
3) BPA free plastic containers are great for lunches! Affordable, and can be washed and reused over and over for many snacks and meals.
2) A Reusable water bottle for drinks is an excellent way to get rid of more garbage/recycling in lunches. Forget the juice boxes and bottled drinks, just pour their favourite beverage into a stainless steel water bottle.
1) Reusable lunch bags are way better than the classic brown bagged lunch that we were used to growing up. Instead of those bags that soak up moisture and fall apart, use reusable lunch bags that can be wiped out and cleaned, and used for the whole school year! Plus, it can be fun to let the kids pick their own lunch bag, since they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, designs and characters.
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