Morning after morning, millions of Americans wake up and start packing lunches for the school day. By the time our kindergarteners finish high-school that works out to roughly 4,000 meals eaten at school. As in all aspects of our lives, school lunches, whether packed or through the lunch program contribute significantly to our environmental and social impact. That’s 4,000 lunches we can choose to help boost our kids’ wellness, feed a healthy mind and body and promote zero waste alternatives for school lunches . What a great opportunity to have, so let’s dive into how we can use school lunches to do good!
How to Pack a Zero Waste School Lunch?
From pudding cups and plastic forks to that piece of lasagna that just can’t get finished, packed or served, waste is always a peak issue for any lunch hall. If, like me, you’re a lunch packer, The Green Line Market has everything you need for stylish and zero waste school lunch alternatives. From biodegradable and compostable school lunch options to reusable, recycled containers,
Ditch the plastic bag and the juice box for Preserve products’ Dopper stainless steel reusable bottle and the Blueavocado lunch bag. No need for sandwich bags with Preserve’s range of recycled food storage containers. Preserve and BlueAvocado are both using post-consumer recyclables to create their wide range of waste-free options. You can track your positive impact with every purchase of a Blue Avocado bag, so you know exactly the good you’re doing!
Healthy School Lunches for a Better School
Across the country 5.5 billion lunches and nearly 2 billion breakfasts are served yearly in school lunch programs. From non-organic foods to unchecked animal welfare, this provides a massive opportunity to create positive change through strength of action. The environmental and social impact of poor dietary and ingredient choices in school lunch programs can make the difference between creating a model for sustainability or creating a conscientious and ecological blight. Luckily there are organizations to help you and your school get on track to a green and healthy lunchtime!
Ditch the mystery meat and canned veggies with the help of organizations like Farm to School and The Lunch Box. These programs seek to give parents, schools and administrators the options available in all 50 states to get locally grown, farm fresh ingredients into our kids lunches. As parents, we all have to roll up our sleeves and engage our schools to adopt these mindsets, but luckily the facts our in your favor. Schools adopting farm to school lunch programs show up to 55% increase in revenue, providing more financial room to improve and revolutionize. The Lunch Box helps to provide your initiative with funding opportunities, educational materials, posters, initiative ideas and speakers to help make your healthy lunch dreams a reality!
Make your School Zero Waste at Lunch Time
Now that you’ve gotten your healthy lunches and zero waste lunch options, the final step is the waste! Recycling initiatives, when used correctly can almost completely divert your school’s waste from landfill. Composting allows us to live more compatibly with nature, and https://compostingcouncil.org/composting-for-teachers-and-students/ has the tools for you. From program ideas to grants, you can get that green school going with lots of help!