Lunch boxes will reduce school lunch footprint
In an effort to address this issue, parents, teachers, administrators and students across the country are teaming up to implement waste free lunch programs aimed at reducing lunch waste.
Pack a waste free lunch every day.
Packing a waste free lunch may take a bit more time and creativity but, given the environmental benefits, it’s well worth the extra effort. Here are some tips for making it work:
Pack lunches the night before and store them in the refrigerator overnight.
Maximize leftovers. Prepare extra servings at dinner Jack Wolfskin Outlet for the next day’s lunches. Pack the leftovers in lunch boxes in the evening when you’re doing your regular dinner clean up.
Keep fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other nutritious foods on hand.
Keep nuts and dried fruit on hand for emergencies.
Buy from bulk bins to reduce your costs.
Consider buying a CSA Community Supported Agriculture share or shop at the farmers’ market.
Write your name on all your containers before you leave the house.
Save money with waste free lunches
Packing a waste free lunch not only reduces landfill waste, but it costs le Jack Wolfskin Outlet ss, too. A prepackaged lunch costs about $4.02 a day or $723.60 per school year, compared to $2.65 a day or $477 per school year for a waste free lunch a difference of $246.60 per person, per year. Adults can save even mor Jack Wolfskin Outlet e. In fact, an adult can save an estimated $100,000 over a 30 year career by packing lunch from home. (This assumes a cost of $3.50 for a home packed lunch compared to $6 for a takeout meal.)
Finally, waste free lunch programs help schools reduce waste hauling fees by reducing the amount of trash they send to the landfill. The money saved can be spent on educational programs instead. Landfills last longer, and children learn the importance of protecting the planet. So, if you’re doing lunch this school year, make sure it’s waste free Jack Wolfskin Outlet .
Amy Hemmert, president and co founder of Obentec Inc. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in English. Her interests include cross cultural communication, language acquisition, family nutrition, organic gardening, cooking, and the environment.