Kids today are more environmental than ever. It’s been said that the earlier they start to learn habits that protect the earth, the more likely kids will carry those habits into adulthood.
Our throw away culture and trend of sending individually packaged foods to school with our kids is part of the problem. Are we really so busy that we really need little solo wrapped cups of pudding, apple sauce, fruit, and trail mix? If we are honest, there are probably some life hacks that can help us both manage are time in our busy day but change some old habits.
The team at Zoonicorn put together some great tips and ideas on how you and your kids can eat healthy while helping protect the planet.
- Reuse it. Purchase reusable lunchboxes and containers. The United States alone uses about 100 billion new plastic bags each year, and (brace yourself) this massive production costs 12 million barrels of oil. Worldwide, only about one percent of plastic bags are recycled — which means that the rest end up in landfills, oceans, or elsewhere.
- Go green. The average-size middle school will generate more than 20 tons of waste a year. When making your child’s lunch consider washing and reusing sandwich bags. The Natural Resources Defense Council says it is safe to reuse plastic food-storage bags until they start to look “cloudy”.
- Americans use an estimated 40 billion plastic utensils each year. Consider investing in metal straws and reusable or bamboo utensils.
- Instead of a paper napkin, use a cloth one. Even better, use a cloth napkin as sandwich “wrapper.” (mind blown)
- Try to avoid juice boxers and disposable bottled drinks by packing your child’s drinks in a reusable stainless-steel or BPA-free plastic drink container.
- Instead of plastic water bottles at the next birthday party, purchase a 10-gallon jug and paper cups.
- Buy snacks in bulk and pre-make individual snacks for the week using reusable containers. Apple sauce, pudding and all the rest can be made over the weekend for the week.
- Bee’s Wrap is just one of the new alternatives to sandwich bags. Made from beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin, the all-natural wraps form around the sandwich and can be washed and reused for months.
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Source: Family Education and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency