Guest post by Kristen Quigley, 3greenmoms
Trash the trash this school year! At 3greenmoms we believe every day can be a waste-free day. School is back in session, and for parents, that means it’s time to start packing school lunches!
Don’t panic…we’ve laid out packing tips to make each day of the week waste-free. Check it out!
Make Your Own Monday
Teach your kids the importance of a waste-free lunch by having them pack their own. This is a great way to start the week and can set the stage for good practices later in life. Share the following tips with them and show them how easy and fun it can be to have waste-free lunches.
Cut down on waste at home and school by taking your leftovers from dinner for lunch the next day! Pack the leftovers in a reusable glass container or, to keep your food warm, use an insulated thermos.
Water Bottle Wednesday
On Wednesdays (and every day!), we use reusable water bottles. Plastic water bottles are one of the most common lunchtime trash items, but they don’t have to be! Pick a durable reusable water bottle for your child to take to school every day. Not only will they keep hydrated, they’ll also prevent harmful plastic waste from getting into the environment.
Save money and the environment by buying in bulk and avoiding extra packaging! Make your own granola (maybe using this recipe that’s low in sugar and high in protein) and portion it out in snack size LunchSkins, or use glass containers to portion out yogurt and lose the squeeze tube.
Forget the Paper Friday
Paper napkins and towels account for a lot of the waste in our landfills and can be a huge yearly cost for you and your family. We say skip the paper. Instead, opt for cloth napkins in your lunch that you can take home and wash and reuse again and again. The trees and your wallet will thank you!
Sandwich Bag Saturday
Ditch the plastic bags. Lunchskins are reusable, dishwasher safe and show off your signature style. Running errands? Headed to the ball field or dance class? Pack a few sandwiches in your LunchSkins to avoid that last minute drive-thru stop that can add up to excess waste and unhealthy options.
Snack Bag Sunday
Wherever your weekend adventures take you, be it soccer practice, a hike, or an afternoon in, bring your LunchSkins, stuffed with healthy snacks to keep you going all day long and keep our world greener and cleaner!
To help you kick off a waste-free school year, enter 3GM20 at checkout to receive 20% off. Learn more about LunchSkins at 3greenmoms.com.
3greenmoms, the makers of award-winning LunchSkins, is on a mission to make smart solutions to plastic waste easy to use and accessible to everyone. Inspired by the idea that small actions can have a big impact on our health, our environment, and our future, we designed reusable LunchSkins as a modern, functional, and stylish alternative to disposable plastic bags.
LunchSkins can be found at The Container Store, Whole Foods, and hundreds of other natural food markets and retailers. We are proud to help families think and act greener, and to date, have replaced more than one billion plastic bags with LunchSkins reusable products. Our hope is to raise a generation of kids who think that green is mainstream and give them the tools to be change-makers in their communities.