Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Go Waste Free This Year (at Lunch)
Our cafeteria is crying out for a little TLC in the form of waste-reduction. This is one of the easiest steps to take and not only is it good for the environment, it is GREAT for your wallet!
My children are starting their 3rd year using the Laptop Lunches Bento Systems and we have found them to be an inspiration in lunch creativity. BWES families can get the original Bento System for $29.99 and the new 2.0 system for $31.99 (over 20% off of the retail price). Contact Jenny Childress for an order form (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Obviously, many families aren't in the market for new lunchboxes this year. Never fear! There are many options out there to reduce the waste packed in lunches: use Gladware or Rubbermaid containers or Bento Buddies (containers only) instead of ziploc bags. Check out KidsKonserve, another waste-free lunch option that offers stainless steel containers and alternatives to baggies. And while you shop for school supplies or groceries, keep your eyes open for cloth napkins and BPA-free plastic or aluminum bottles going on clearance.
Finally, ask your kids to bring home whatever they can't eat so that you can have a better understanding of the amount of food they actually consume. It is amazing how much food gets thrown away in an elementary school cafeteria. By having a better idea of the quantity of food your kids eat, you save money and help the environment. Sounds like a great way to start the school year.
This just in! Check out how colleges are looking to reduce waste in their cafeterias.