25 Jan Join the waste-free school lunch movement!
JOIN THE WASTE-FREE SCHOOL LUNCH MOVEMENT!
With school just around the corner, there’s no better time to look at school lunch boxes in a fresh new way! As an environmentally conscious company, we’re all for creating tasty lunch boxes that don’t have any of those nasty artificial wrappings that clog up the schoolground (and our planet).
Once you’ve got the basics right, packing a healthy, yummy, waste-free lunch box can be a breeze. We’ve pulled 6 simple tips to get you started.
1. Compartments. Compartments. Compartments.
Bento-style lunchboxes with compartments are great. No leaking. No unsavoury mixing up of flavours. No soggy food. The more compartments, the more balanced the meal. Make sure one is big enough to contain the main event, like a roll, sandwich or leftovers from last night’s meal. Use the smaller compartments for fresh fruit (we find that dried fruit works a treat with kids too), nuts, home-popped popcorn, pretzels, cheese cubes, crackers and other assorted nibbly-sized snacks for morning and afternoon tea.
2. Dips on the side
You can’t go wrong with a dip or two to keep carrot, celery and cucumber sticks interesting. Add a couple of small, lidded containers for sauces, yoghurt or one of our nut butters – Forty Thieves Almond Butter Smooth pairs wonderfully with fruit and is a big hit with kids.
3. Reusable wraps
A reusable pouch is a planet-happy alternative to plastic cling wraps for keeping sandwiches and snacks together. They’re practical and easy to use – and they can be reused again and again with a simple wash. We love the handcrafted wraps by LilyBee – each a work of art, made from 100% cotton and sustainably sourced beeswax.
4. Head for the Bulk Bins
Avoid the prepackaging food aisles and make a beeline to the bulk bins. There are plenty of healthy, tasty snacks to be had – pretzels, nuts, pumpkin seeds, dried fruits – all without any of that unnecessary packaging that ends up in the landfill. You can also try Forty Thieves Salted Caramel Macadamias – they’re not only delicious but come in home compostable packaging. Make sure the kids leave the bag in their lunchbox, then stick them in the worm farm when they get home!
5. Involve the kids
Having a baking session with your kids on a Sunday afternoon is a fun and easy way to stock up on wholesome, quality food for the week. Looking for some ideas to get you started? Check out our lunchbox friendly recipes for Banana Almond Muffins, Raw Vegan Snickers Slices and Choc Raspberry Brownies.
6. One extra for dinner
You’ve got plenty on your plate as a parent already. A super easy way to save time on preparing lunches, is to make larger amounts for dinner (after all, you’re cooking anyway) and then refrigerate or freeze the leftovers to use as lunchbox fillers later on. You just need to keep in mind that the food works best if it can be eaten cold. We love Supafood Soba Noodles as a tasty day-after dish – not too spicy for kids and a great way to give them a healthy vege fix.
The average traditional lunchbox contains so much needless wrapping that ends up in our landfills and in our oceans. But it’s easy to create an eco-friendly alternative that your kids will eat and enjoy. So make 2021 the year you and your family join the waste-free school lunch movement!