Calculating the amount of lunch trash being produced each day at our campuses was an important exercise in awareness for our school community. And it’s a big part of the reason we have embraced our Oregon Green School’s certification process with passion and purpose.
With a little extra planning and forethought, it’s easy to pack a healthy, waste-free lunch for your child. Here are some useful tips:
- Reusable containers for sandwiches and other foods
- Fresh, whole fruits and vegetables without packaging
- Yogurt packaged in containers larger than 6 ounces, or purchased in bulk and transferred to reusable container
- Drinks packed in containers which can be reused (such as a thermos) or recycled
- Snack foods (such as crackers or dried fruit) purchased in bulk and transferred into a reusable container
- Washable, reusable utensils (fork/spoon)
- Reusable (non-toxic gel) ice packs
Avoid the use of non-recyclable or non-reusable items such as:
- Plastic baggies for sandwiches or other foods
- Individually packaged fruit or applesauce
- Individually packaged yogurt in tubes or containers smaller than 6 ounces
- Individually packaged fruit drinks with plastic straws
- Individually packaged snack foods such as crackers, trail mix, dried fruit
- Plastic utensils (fork/spoon)
- Toxic (chemical) ice packs
You’ll find some fantastic waste-free lunch friendly resources at the Kids Konservewebsite.
Here’s to waste-free and healthy!