Packing your child’s lunchbox for school can be a bit of an ordeal. While trying to identify the foods you child actually likes and will eat, you also have to look for food options that are healthy and keep plastic wrapping and packaging to an absolute minimum.
Plastic wrapping, chip packets, snack bags and pre-packaged yoghurt are just some of the things that contribute to the large amounts of plastic littering our streets, sitting in land-fill and floating in our oceans. In fact, research has found the average packed lunch of a child produces three pieces of rubbish every day, amounting to approximately 30KG of waste per child each year.
Founder of Biome Eco Stores is passionate about reducing waste and has some ideas as to how you can reduce the waste produced from your children’s lunches.
“Waste free lunches are designed to eliminate the use of unnecessary packaging by using environmentally friendly reusable products,” said Ms Bailey.
“This means no excess waste is produced in the making or consumption of school lunches.
6 easy ways you can make your child’s lunch box waste-free
- Invest in a non-toxic and durable lunch box.
- Swap plastic wrap for beeswax wraps.
- Swap disposable water bottles or pre-packaged fruit juice containers for reusable stainless steel or Bisphenol A (BPA) free plastic water bottles.
- Swap single-use sandwich bags for reusable sandwich bags.
- Swap plastic utensils for stainless steel, BPA free plastic or bamboo cutlery.
- Swap pre-packaged yoghurt tubs for reusable stainless steel or BPA free plastic containers.
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