Three tips for a more eco-friendly lunch box

Back-to-school means back to packing lunches. As more schools are encouraging ‘litterless’ lunches, it can be hard to come up with ways to make your child’s lunch more sustainable and waste free. Here are three tips to make it easier:

  1. Portion to reduce packaging
    Buy food you’ll use in your child’s lunch, like yogurt or applesauce, in larger quantities. Purchase a big tub that you can portion into reusable containers, rather than individually packaged cups, to avoid wasteful packaging.Put re-useable or wooden cutlery and a cloth napkin into your child’s lunch box to reduce what’s thrown away. A napkin is also something you can personalize so kids can stand out from their friends.
  1. Consider where your food is coming from
    Grow your own salad, herbs or vegetables where possible. This saves on packaging and transportation-related emissions, which helps reduce your carbon footprint. It’s also a great activity for engaging the kids.When shopping, look for products from companies that are prioritizing eco-friendly initiatives. You can often identify them by the packaging. For example, the carbon zero logo on Maple Leaf Foods products means the company prioritizes reducing and balancing out its carbon emissions and making a positive impact on the environment.
  1. Meal plan, “upcook”, and make your own snacks
    Instead of buying individually wrapped snacks at the grocery store, try healthier, more environmentally conscious options. You could also turn this into a Sunday activity with the kids by batch-making homemade granola bars. Not only can this be a fun family activity, but you’ll save countless wrappers from going to a landfill.

Meal planning helps to reduce food waste. Are you likely to have leftovers that can be “upcooked” and added to your child’s lunch? Leftover chicken from last night’s dinner can be used on a sandwich, or leftover bacon from breakfast can be a tasty salad topping.

Related Content

Want to start exporting abroad? Two things to know

Want to start exporting abroad? Two things to know

Making a career out of taking raw ingredients or materials, transforming them into something new and selling your product can be both exciting and rewarding. You can use your imagination until it’s just right. But once you’ve cornered your local market, you might want...

read more
9 affordable ways to eat for a greener future

9 affordable ways to eat for a greener future

As many of us experience both a high cost of living and growing effects of climate change, such as unseasonable temperatures or extreme weather events, it might be reassuring to know that some steps that save you money at the grocery store will also cut back on food...

read more
Valentine’s Day 2024: Meaningful ways to show you care

Valentine’s Day 2024: Meaningful ways to show you care

Love is in the air this month as we celebrate the special people who mean the most to us, whether it’s family, friends or partners. Here are four ways to embrace the spirit of the month and show your circle that you care. Don’t be the fool for love While being in love...

read more
A taste of where your food comes from

A taste of where your food comes from

We eat food every day, but many of us don’t give a second thought to where it comes from. Canadian farmers are actively working to produce sustainable food for our supply chain. But what does that mean? Well, for many growers in Canada, sustainable food should protect...

read more