Aug 04 2010
Technically, it may still be summer, but soon our thoughts will turn away from swimming pools and vacations and focus on back to school preparations. When you do your back to school shopping this year, consider what your children are going to eat and how to make those choices good for the planet.
Believe it or not, part of living green is packing a healthy lunch. A waste-free lunch can be healthy and nutritious for your child and healthy for the environment. Get in the habit of packing a healthy “green” lunch. It will have a positive impact on your child, the environment and your wallet.
Most kids don’t have a lot of time to eat lunch so keep it simple, healthy and tasty. Pack things your kids will eat and remember to use portion control.
When you pack the lunch, think “waste-free”. Skip single use containers and bags and start using reusable food containers like the following:
· Reusable canvas bags, nylon sacks or lunch boxes.
· Reusable and washable plastic or metal food containers for food and drinks.
· Reusable and washable cloth napkins.
Here are a few things to avoid when packing a “healthy child and healthy planet” lunch:
· Individual serving-size packages
· Single-serving lunches or snacks
· Items with Styrofoam and Polystyrene packaging
· Plastic bags
· Disposable single-use items
Remember packing waste-free lunches isn’t just for school kids. Adults can enjoy the benefits of healthy meals, portion controlled lunches and the accompanying savings!
So, pack a healthy lunch for your child or yourself, save money and reduce waste! It is the green way to eat lunch!