Looking for easy ways to pack a waste free lunch for your kid? The good news is that it's never been easier to pack an eco-friendly, healthy school lunch your kids will love.
Why pack a waste free lunch?
Packing a waste free lunchbox lightens your carbon footprint on the planet. While many parents are used to the 'convenience' of single-use plastic baggies and containers, all that convenience adds up to a lot of garbage - 90 pounds of it per year, per kid! That garbage then ends up in our oceans and landfills and contributes to more global warming gases, which threaten our children's future.
How to pack a waste free lunch?
1) Choose a lunch box that makes it easy to pack a well balanced school lunch. All children have their own likes and dislikes when it comes to their lunches. One child likes variety and surprises, while another likes the familiarity of that same PB&J sandwich every day. But neither child likes it when their sandwich touches their fruit and gets everything soggy. Choose a lunch container that will allow you to pack variety of foods that stay in their own compartments and don't 'touch each other.'
2) Choose a stainless steel lunch box. Storing food in stainless steel is a better alternative to plastic, and has been used by other cultures for generations. Questions still exist about the safety of storing food in plastic. Several research studies have found that dangerous chemicals in plastic can leach into food and beverages. PVC and Polystyrene have been known to be dangerous for years, and recently there has been a lot of attention on the dangers of #7 Polycarbonate plastics. This plastic is widely used in clear, rigid sports bottles and some baby bottles, and contains Bisphenol A, a known hormone disruptor that has recently been linked to a wide variety of health disorders, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, some types of cancer and childhood hyperactivity disorders. With so many proven risks already documented, it's hard not to imagine what supposed 'safe' plastic is going to be next! There are so many eco friendly alternatives to plastic baggies, why not skip the potential problems with plastic and pack your food in a non plastic metal lunch box instead?
3) Choose a reusable, insulated lunch bag
made out of recycled materials. Gone are the days of needing a brown paper bag to pack your lunch in. Choose a reusable lunch bag, and be sure to confirm that it is lead free and PVC free. You can wash it regularly to keep it clean, and your child can use it for their entire school year.
4) Choose reusable water bottles, preferably stainless steel ones. With so many different stainless steel bottles to choose from, you are sure to find one that will suit your child's needs. There are small bottles for little kids, brightly colored bottles, and bottles with cool designs. Choose stainless steel ones that are BPA free.
5) Choose cloth napkins, and preferably ones that will appeal to kids. Cloth napkins are easy to clean in the washing machine and reuse all year long.
6) Choose reusable cutlery. If your child needs a fork or spoon with their lunch, you can include a reusable stainless steel fork and spoon, as opposed to throw away plastic ones. If your child tends to forget their utensils at school, stock up on some cheap stainless cutlery at the local thrift store - that way you won't risk losing your favorite cutlery.
7) Choose to buy foods in bulk. Using reusable food containers allows you to buy food in bulk, which is cheaper and less wasteful than single use containers. For example, a 1 oz prepackaged bag of cheesy crackers costs 87 cents, but 1 oz of those exact same crackers taken from a 12 oz box costs 43 cents - half as much!
8) Choose organic foods. Organic foods are good for your child's health and for the health of the planet. Some families may feel that they are not able to spend the money to buy everything organic. Here is the Environmental Working Group's list for the top 13 foods that are the MOST important to buy organic, because the conventional versions contain the most pesticide residues. They are (in order) Peaches, Apples, Sweet Bell Peppers, Celery, Nectarines, Strawberries, Cherries, Lettuce, Grapes - Imported, Pears, Spinach, Potatoes and Carrots.
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