These tips help kids focus on good food. They also apply to all packed lunches in the home. Over-packaged and branded food items targeted at children are generally more expensive and higher in sugar. Nude food is the way to go. Here are a few tips to create a green lunchbox.
- Swap single use packaging for reusable packaging. Use food bags instead of plastic wrap. Food bags come in lovely designs, different sizes, feature zips or velcro closures and are washable in the dishwasher or washing machine.
- Buy in bulk. Fill your own containers with snack items such as yoghurt, cheese, sultanas, corn puffs, dried apricots, rather than buying them in individually packets.
- Use existing containers and create dividers by inserting smaller containers or silicone cups.
- Invest in quality containers and drink bottles. Consider using stainless steel instead of plastic.
- Label everything. Replacing items costs money and is wasteful.
- Make your own muffins, muesli bars, biscuits etc. Freeze in batches in pull out individually the night before.
Other eco tips
- Shop locally and support green grocers.
- Take your own reusable shopping bags or ask for boxes.
- Buy seasonal produce.