As a parent, you try very hard to pack a healthy lunch for your child, but have you thought about packing a healthy lunch for the planet? Currently, there are billions of pounds of plastic that can be found in swirling convergences in the oceans making up about 40% of the world’s ocean surfaces. 80 percent of pollution enters the ocean from the land. Packing a healthy lunch for the planet is not something you need to “meal plan” once a week. We’re going to show you how you can make simple adjustments, create good habits, and make a permanent change that allows for a safe and clean environment for your children’s future.
- Skip the individually wrapped foods! Buy a large bag of snack mix and put your daily serving size in a reusable tin or cloth bag. There are loads of choices, although glass jars may be a bit too breakable for some kids. Here is a collection of some great plastic-free lunch containers. Did you know they make special reusable bags just for sandwiches? Check out this great bag made by one of our partners (yes that means you get a discount)!
- Find a reusable beverage container that expresses your child’s personality or brightens their day! They are not just for water! You can grab smaller ones for juices or one of their other favorite beverages. No matter what those juice pouches are made of, disposable beverage containers are no good for you or the planet.
- We all know that kids have a favorite toy or superhero, so make napkins that they will want to use by incorporating them into the design. Take a quick trip to the fabric store or use some old sheets to make reusable napkins. If you don’t sew, permanent fabric glue is a breeze to use. Click Here it’s a tutorial!
Not only will you be contributing to the health of our planet with these easy changes but you will save money too. According to the Lunch Study by Eco Lunchbox, one family can remove 3,240 pieces of trash from the landfill and our oceans and save that family $450 a year! That is a great start to securing a happy, healthy future for your child!