5 TIPS FOR WASTE FREE LUNCHBOXES
It’s estimated that the average school student’s lunchbox generates 30 kilos of rubbish each year.
Packing a waste free lunchbox for your kids will not only reduce your impact on the environment, it will also save you money and help your kids eat healthier by avoiding packaged and processed foods.
Here are five simple steps for waste free lunchboxes:
1. To give up the plastic wrap. The right lunchbox or containers are essential. Go for an all-in one lunchbox with separate compartments for different foods.
2. Ditch the packaged food. It’s easy to be tempted to buy plastic or foil-wrapped biscuits or muesli bars, but these foods are heavily processed, expensive and over packaged. Swap packaged snacks for healthier home-made versions packed straight into a lunchbox.
3. Buying in bulk = less waste and better value for money. Instead of plastic-wrapped cheese sticks, buy a block of cheese and cut it yourself. Swap squeezy yoghurts for a large tub of plain yoghurt that can portioned into small containers.
4. Buy a reusable drink bottle and fill it with water. A good quality bottle will see your child through many years of schooling, and you’ll be avoiding drinks and juices that are high in sugar, low in nutrition and create excess waste.
5. Find out if your school has a composting program, and if not suggest that they start one. Composting food scraps saves a huge amount of waste going to landfill. The Source Bulk Foods stocks a great range of products to help keep your children’s lunches as waste free as possible.
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