Sunday, September 12, 2010

September Conservation Tip

It's back to school time, and for the parents among us the exasperating daily question of what to feed our kids for lunch, too. I'm sure all of us are making healthy and nutritious choices, so I don't want to focus on the WHAT but on the HOW.

Every day millions of students get their lunch in brown bags, ziploc bags or even worse in the form of "lunchables" or the like, together with cans, cartons or plastic bottles containing the drinks. After the lunch is consumed these "one way" container land, best case scenario, in the garbage bins, or they litter the schoolyards and the neighborhood around. Not even to think of how many resources, trees and all, got wasted to produce the packing.

For an environmental science project, I packed two kids a "lunchable" and a drink carton with juice for one week with the request to bring home every bit of garbage. In one week these two kids filled a 13 gallon garbage bag just with their lunch packing!!

The following week they went to school with their lunch packed in a reusable plastic container and water in a metal bottle = zero waste!

Now isn't that easy, just pack the lunch in a reusable container instead of a brown bag or ziploc bag and save the environment every day!

And just for fun: Want to see what celebrated British chef, Jamie Oliver has to say about lunchables:
Jamie Oliver Attacks Kraft’s Lunchables — A First for Network TV

Although he is definetivly more concerned about the what...

1 comment:

  1. I applaud you for changing to re-usable containers, Susanne. About 20 years, ago I convinced my daughter that it is not too much of a hassle to bring the container back home for continued use although none of her peers did something 'strange' like that. It is not only good for the environment but also a worthwhile lesson in conservation for our kids.