What’s For Lunch? Packing a Kid (And an Environmentally) Friendly Lunch

Packing your child’s lunch just got more complicated. The question of “what’s for lunch?” has now been expanded to “what’s your lunch packaging”, as parents are faced with product safety issues, new school waste mandates and reducing their family’s environmental footprint.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation estimates that one student taking a disposable lunch to school each day will create 45 to 90 pounds of garbage per year.

In an effort to teach children about the environmental impact of their food and beverage choices, and focus on reducing, recycling, and reusing to avoid waste, many schools are committed to reducing waste on campus Gebäudereinigung Göttingen. One method is to encourage parents to pack a “waste-free” lunch. This means everything in your child’s lunchbox is reusable or consumable. Schools such as Marin Primary School in Marin, California, are not only recycling and composting, but they have done away with plastic utensils, cups, and plates by washing reusable plates that the children have made themselves.

Local children’s cloth napkin company, Fabkins, is working with schools to provide children’s size napkins for fundraisers, classroom party baskets, and lunchrooms throughout the country. While Kids Konserve offers stainless steel food containers, sandwich wraps and safe party ware for kids’ lunches and celebrations.

The number of children’s product recalls due to lead paint, poor plastics, and PVC have increased dramatically. Luckily there is a big “green” market to fill the void of safe products, when it comes to lunchboxes and food storage. There are many fun and colorful lead-free, old-fashioned metal lunchboxes as well as soft PVC- and lead-free lunch totes that children can choose from. Allowing your child to choose is important so your child is proud of his lunchbox and excited to see and eat what’s inside.

To deal with portion control and eliminate the waste of plastic bags, sandwich wrap, and waxed paper is with a lunchbox system. These are composed of a set of safe plastic boxes arranged in a larger box, like that of a traditional Japanese bento box. These boxes are easy for parents to pack and determine an appropriate size portion for your child. It is also easy for children to pack and clean up, as the pieces fit snugly together as a puzzle. Preschool teacher Joanne Haight advises parents to pack foods for school in containers that keep food fresh and safe but are also child friendly to open. She says especially for preschool age children, that self help is just as important as what they are eating.

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