Make a lunch and make a difference!
Perhaps you’ve never thought about this, but the waste created from school lunches alone is staggering! Recently I spoke at our elementary school’s PTA meeting about packing a “green lunch”. I thought I would share the info I presented here with you. (The following facts are from Kids Konserve)
* Children’s lunches create 3.5 billion pounds of garbage each year
* 18,760 pounds of trash is generated annually from one averaged size elementary school
* 80% of the 25 billion single serving water bottles Americans use end up in landfills
* Taking a disposable lunch costs an average of $4.02/day ($723.60/yr)
* Packing a “waste-free” lunch costs about $2.65/day ($477.00/yr)
That equates into about $250 in savings per person/year.
What can you do about it? Try using these options.
1) Reusable Snack Pouches (These can be made using PUL as well. Hope to have a tutorial for these soon! you can also purchase pre-made ones at Reusable Bags.)
2) Waxed Paper Bags* (can be purchased here)
3) Reusable containers, such as Glad. (Not ideal as they are plastic, but if you’ve got ’em ,use ’em!)
1) Refillable drink bottle, BPA free
1) reusable flatware
2) cloth napkin (also how-to’s for these in Sewing Green!)
What to ELIMINATE if at all possible:
• Plastic baggies and wrap
• Pre-packaged foods (Such as Lunchables, single serving snack packs of crackers, applesauce and yogurt.)
• Juice boxes and pouches
• One-use water bottles
• Plastic flatware
• Paper napkins
I hope you’ll consider implementing some of these ideas the next time you pack a lunch. As I told the PTA attendees, one step at a time. I’m by no means perfect, but I try to remember: Packing a no-waste lunch is healthier, saves money and saves the planet.