A Canadian elementary school that has tracked litterless lunches for years found that ONE school-aged child’s disposable lunches produce an average of 67 pounds of waste per school year! Prompted by this staggering figure to reduce thousands of pounds of waste schoolwide, school boards across Canada have been introducing litterless lunch guidelines with the hopes that kids will bring homemade foods wrapped or packaged in reusable containers and bags instead of single-use tossables. With the view that all those single-serving bags and boxes contribute heavily to greenhouse gas emissions, Canada’s schools are encouraging families to take the time to source products that can be bought in bulk and to consider reusable containers for leftovers instead of buying prepackaged meal options. In addition to being lighter in terms of carbon footprint, litterless lunches also have the potential to be lighter on the wallet too. Buying in bulk often cuts costs to begin with, and preparing a sandwich (whether it’s made by Dad, Mom, or even an older child) at home will often work out to cost less money when compared with pre-packaged meals. Of course, making things instead of buying them does take time. While my kids’ sandwiches and cut-up fruit and veggies are always in reusable containers, I do buy those individual Annie’s Bunny Gummies packages and prepacked fruit leather on occasion. While I’d like to make my own fruit leather on a regular basis, I haven’t found the time yet, and I know lunches don’t have to be all or nothing with regards to waste. There’s always room for improvement. Once you make the initial investment in reusable containers and get into the groove of carving out five minutes to pull together healthy lunch options or leftovers, you’ll be a convert. If you are interested in how to make the switch to litterless lunches, check out the options we recommend here!

via Fast Coexist