How to Pack an Earth-friendly lunch
Did you know that an average student school lunch can generate as much as 67 pounds of waste per year? That puts an average-sized elementary producing up to 18,700 pounds of waste per year. As parents, we pack our children’s lunches in single-use containers, such as, plastic bags, aluminum foil, wax paper, or just pack single serving disposable meals. By changing our packing habits we are able to reduce the number of items in our lunch that must be thrown out.
By mostly using items that can be eaten, reused, recycled, or composted in our packed lunch, we can: Prevent pollution, Conserve natural resources, Save energy, Reduce the need for disposal, and Be an environmental steward and make a difference in your environment and the environment of the future.
Wastefreelunches.org has developed a cost analysis that compares disposable vs. waste-free lunches. On average, packing waste-free lunches can save a family $250 per student per year.