How can you eliminate the waste in your lunches? Do you bring your own lunch to work or send one with your children? What ways can you reduce the packaging in your lunch?
As adults we are often running out the door and forgetting our lunch! We end up eating out or skipping lunch all together. Start bringing your own lunch and save the takeaway packaging, cups, and utensils.
Sending a lunch to school with your kids? Make your own snacks and pack fruit and veggie filled lunches. We love using our Lunchbots Cinco and Trio Bentos, they are perfect for packing lunches. Kids love opening the container and seeing a variety of foods.
Many people are missing the mark with litterless lunches by simply removing the packaging from the food when they send it to school. While this doesn't leave the garbage at school or work, it really is counter productive to the litterless lunch movement.
Finding ways to make litterless lunches work for your family does not have to be complicated and time consuming. Fruits, veggies, crackers, homemade snacks can all be included without packaging. Our children's lunches are at least 50% fresh fruit and veggies, the rest is homemade baked goods and snacks.
By making your own snacks YOU are helping reduce the waste of individual containers. Just think of how many individual yogurt, apple sauce and pudding containers are floating around in the world? Making your own is simple and will save you money too! The same applies to granola bars and snack bars. We have a basic recipe that we follow and add different flavors or ingredients to change up the flavor (cranberries instead of raisins, chocolate chips, coconut, banana chips, cinnamon, etc).
Next time you head out grocery shopping consider buying foods in bulk and saving the extra packaging. Apple sauce and yogurt are great examples, buy the larger jar and separate into individual containers (like the Kids Konserve 5oz) as needed. Choose glass containers over plastic containers too! Glass is more easily recycled and less damaging on our ecosystem than plastic. By making small changes in your daily habits, you will make large impacts on your lifestyle in the long run which will help both your family and the planet!