Waste & Litter-free lunches
Packed lunches cause an enormous amount of waste within the school. Readymade packed lunch items such as the Dairylea lunchables, individual yoghurt pots, snack wrappers, crisp packages, drink cartons and so on all add to the amount of waste produced.
There are numerous alternatives to plastic and foil-based packaging which include: paper bags, reusable plastic containers, non-wax lunch paper or reusable lunch bag.
Instead of purchasing boxed juice or plastic drink containers, refill existing drink bottles with water from home. Fresh fruit and vegetables often come in their own natural packaging and may not need any other or if chopped or peeled could be put in a reusable plastic container.
By reusing lunch bags, you can save money, decrease demand for natural resources needed to make new bags and cut down on the amount of rubbish. So instead of using 20 – 30 plastic sandwich bags per month, try to use just one plastic container. Reusable plastic storage containers are also great to keep left-over foods stored in the fridge at home.