The right lunchbox and/or containers are essential. Go for an all-in-one lunchbox with separate compartments for different foods, or a collection of different sized reusable containers for lunch items like sandwiches, sushi, cut up fruit, yoghurt and dips, which you can then pack into an insulated bag. Stainless steel is a good choice for lunchboxes as it is easy to clean, durable and food safe.
Yes, it’s easy to be pressured into buying those plastic or foil wrapped biscuits, chips and muesli bars, but these foods are heavily processed, low in nutrition, expensive and way over- packaged. Swap packets of biscuits or individually wrapped muesli bars for healthier home-made versions packed straight into a lunchbox or a beeswax wrap; instead of potato chips, try home made popcorn in a paper bag; and rather than a dried fruit roll-up, pack fresh cut up fruit.
AND better value for money. Instead of plastic-wrapped processed cheese sticks, buy a large block of cheese and cut into sticks, cubes or shapes. Swap flavoured squeezie yoghurts (high in sugar and unnecessary packaging) for a large tub of plain yoghurt that can portioned into small containers or reusable pouches through the week.
A good quality stainless steel bottle will see your child through many years of schooling, and will help you avoid those plastic bottles and boxes of juice that are high in sugar, low in nutrition and create excess waste.
Find out if your school has a composting program, and if not suggest that they start one. Composting food scraps saves a huge amount of waste going to landfill. If you have your own compost system, ask children to bring their food scraps home.
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