It has been estimated that on average a school-age child using a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of waste per school year. That equates to 18,760 pounds of lunch waste for just one average-size elementary school [Source: Wastefreelunch.org].
Plastic bags take 1,000 years to biodegrade in a landfill and they never really biodegrade, they just become micro plastics and continue to pollute.
We can make a difference just by using reusable lunchware and products that avoid single-use plastics.
TIPS FOR PACKING A SUSTAINABLE LUNCH
- Skip individually wrapped snacks to reduce your carbon footprint. Try cut veggies or simple homemade snack mixes and bars.
- Buy and prep your meals in bulk to save money and reduce the amount of packaging and transportation required to bring ingredients to your kitchen.
- Buy local, organic, and seasonal whenever possible. Even better, use produce from your own home garden.
- Put food in reusable containers inside your child’s lunch box – washable/reusable snack/sandwich bags, BPA free water bottles, insulated thermos, and dishwasher safe “bento boxes” are super convenient items for on-the-go parents
- Buy food in bulk instead of individual wrapped when possible to reduce “snack” wrapper waste
Kind Humans (Paul Ecke family-run organization) is offering 20% OFF all school supplies. Use Code BTS20 at checkout.
U-Konserve offers sustainable lunchware. Enter UKSCHOOLS20 for 20% off regular and sale items.
Are you using ZIP LOCK bags for snacks and lunches? Plastic bags take 1,000 years to biodegrade in a landfill and they never really biodegrade, they just become micro plastics and continue to pollute.
Did you know there are alternatives that are compostable in 60 to 90 days? You can buy them at Target, Amazon, Whole Foods, Sprouts….
Try these fun bags for snacks and lunches and stop your dependency on plastic! Try www.lunchskins.com or these https://buyifyoucare.com/
Materiales Escolares Sostenibles para Niños Amables
Disfruten de un 20% de descuento
Dos grandes maneras de ahorrar en artículos escolares ecológicos:
Kind Humans (Humanos Amables, es una organización familiar de Paul Ecke) está ofreciendo 20% DE DESCUENTO en todos los artículos escolares. Usen el códigoCode BTS20 al confirmar su compra.
U-Konserve ofrece artículos sostenibles para el almuerzo. Usen UKSCHOOLS20 para recibir un 20% de descuento en artículos a precio regular y en oferta.