If you aren’t already familiar with the term “waste-free” lunch, it’s likely that this back-to-school season you will be. Schools around the country are committing to helping the environment by encouraging parents, and their children, to help reduce waste on campus. One way to do this is by packing a waste-free lunch,
also referred to as a “trash-free” or “zero-waste” lunch. This means that everything in your child’s lunchbox is re-usable or consumable. For example, parents should use Tupperware-type containers instead of zip locks, reusable cutlery versus plastic disposable ones, a cloth napkin instead of a paper one, and a canteen or sippy cup instead of a juice box. Even typical lunch items like cheese sticks and “Lunchables” are discouraged because of all the packaging. Read on.
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