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How do we choose a sustainable lunch box?

NEWS / 2021-05-28 16:13

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Nothing is more important than the health of you, your children and the planet. If there was a lunch box that would not only harm our physical and mental health, but also the health of the planet, would you choose it?
 
  According to the authorities, the average school-age child throws away 67 pounds of packed lunches each year. That means that if your child has a class of 25 children, they will generate 1,625 pounds of trash each year - and that's just during lunchtime in the classroom! It's hard to imagine the amount of trash that would be generated.
 
  If the environmental costs don't sway you, the economics may. Trash-free lunches are 35 percent cheaper than disposable lunches; this figure is based on an average price of $2.65 and $4.02.
 
  If you still need some convincing, consider this. The CDC says avoiding pre-packaged processed foods can reduce the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and kidney disease in children. Most of the sodium in a typical diet comes from processed foods, which account for about 40 percent of Americans' total sodium intake.
 
  So, as September approaches, explore healthier food options with your kids and get them buying and packing more nutritious, junk-free lunches.
 
  Author, radio show host and green living authority Jill Deacon offers these tips for replacing ordinary disposable products with environmentally friendly, healthy and affordable ones.
 
  Reusable lunch boxes are ideal for replacing the plastic bags that many children and adults use to pack their lunches.
  Reusable Containers - Stainless steel, glass or Wrap-N-Mat alternative packaging instead of plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
  Stainless steel or glass beverage bottles - stainless steel, glass or similar bubble alternatives to disposable cans or juice boxes
  Healthy snacks - Some of our favorite alternatives are water bottles instead of juice boxes, homemade sandwiches instead of pre-packaged processed meat and cheese packs, and freshly cut fruit instead of fruit snacks.
  Now that you've prepared healthy, trash-free lunches for your kids, it's time to follow the same simple steps to make sure your own lunchtime doesn't end up in the trash.
 
  Have you started packing trash-free lunches? What are your child's favorites?