School is back in action and what better ways than learning some tips and tricks to keep school lunches eco-friendly.
Using prepackaged food is extremely easy in a morning rush.
More often than not eating prepackaged food is less healthy and not to mention the footprint it leaves on the environment everyday these items are thrown out filling landfills and the ocean.
Instead of using single use sandwich bags invest in some reusable containers and go for trash free lunches. They come in different colors and patterns that make them extremely fun for kids.
Meat and dairy products have a high impact on the environment.
Even though your kids may not realize what that means you will want to get creative when making their lunches. Themes for each day of the week can be exciting, meatless Mondays can be a good starting point. Peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches are a good standby option, but think ahead and plan for hummus wraps or soups.
It’s okay to be picky, sometimes.
Taking a closer look what is in the meat you are using. Processed meat can be high in sodium and can be harmful to digest. Shopping for organic, antibiotic-free meat and dairy items are a healthier option.
Keep it local.
Buying produce from local producers can help reduce the carbon footprint but more importantly helps the community you live in. Get the kids out and start a family garden with some plants and use them in your meals.
Go with the season.
Crops have seasons and if the particular food you want isn’t in season where you live its more than likely being shipped in from somewhere else. Changing meals with the seasons can also help the kids not get bored with the same meals.
We understand eating all organic isn’t always an option for financial reasons. If so stay away from the “dirty dozen”. This is a group of foods that have more exposure to pesticides. These foods are apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumber, blueberries, and potatoes.
Packing sodas and juice boxes is an easy way out. Even though most schools offer recycling choosing to use an eco-friendly water bottle is better. Take the kids and pick a water bottle full of personality to match theirs.
Encourage a green thumb.
Getting crafty at home is always a terrific idea and encouraging a green thumb is the best option. Creating a compost pile at home is a great way to demonstrate giving back to the soil. Get the kids involved by encouraging them to bring home the core of their apple and pits of their peaches.
It’s time to leave the kids table behind.
Society has started the idea of “kid food” being less healthy and more processed food than their parents. Being healthy can be fun so let the kids live a healthy life with plenty of greens on their plate.
To learn more about our Greenville recycling services contact the Ever Green Environmental team today at (864) 239-9800 or email.