Many parents rely heavily on pre-packaged and disposable goods when packing lunches. Sure, they’re convenient, but what is the cost of this convenience? Much of the trash generated in the American home comes from the packaging on the food we buy. According to the website Wastefreelunches.org, each school-age child who packs a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of waste per school year. That works out to 18,760 pounds of lunch waste for just one average-size elementary school. Ditch those pre-packaged goods and make your kids a waste-free lunch. Here’s how:

Simple tips for a waste-free lunch
Instead of Use
Aluminum foil and plastic baggies Reusable containers for sandwiches and sides
Paper napkins Cloth napkins
Plastic utensils    Reusable silverware
Juice boxes       Refillable drink containers
Paper lunch bags Reusable lunchbox, tote bag or cooler

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