Tips for greener disposable lunch boxes more environmentally friendly

by alfredharry

In 2020, COVID-19 changed everything in education, right down to school meals. Public schools provided lunches to vulnerable students during the pandemic and maintained essential food services. Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid the many disposable lunch packages.

Many city departments and preschools are facing the same problem of disposable packaging. To be safe, some schools and institutions use 100% disposable lunch boxes. This protects both children and staff from possible coronavirus contamination. This means that no lunch boxes, water bottles, containers, or reusable utensils can be used.

Unfortunately, disposable items have become the norm. We now know why. Disposables are a safe and convenient way to maintain sterility in the event of a global pandemic. In addition, children tend to make a mess when they eat lunch at school. Children often touch their hands and feet while eating, which can leave behind germs and food scraps.

For teachers, it’s much easier and safer to simply throw away students’ leftover lunches rather than deal with the germs at lunch and save them until parents come to pick them up. We understand this, but we also know that in any situation, there is always a “green” side. You can help reduce the impact of disposable meals.

We don’t like disposable meals, but there are many ways to help the environment. Here are some simple solutions you can adopt to reduce waste and make disposable lunch boxes more environmentally friendly.

Start with your bag.

If you’re not packing your lunch, use your snack bag wisely. Brown paper bags are still a more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic shopping bags. If you look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo, you’ll find paper products made from wood from FSC-certified forests or recycled from consumer waste.

Wrap the entire product.

If age permits, wrap whole fruits that don’t need to be wrapped. Apples, bananas, pears, and oranges come to mind. Unlike wrapped fruit cups, which contain a plastic cup, lid, and disposable spoon, all the waste is organic.

Wrap sandwiches.

Replace traditional plastic sandwich bags with parchment or wax paper. Both parchment paper and wax paper are environmentally friendly and biodegradable. If you’re looking for something more practical, check out our pre-made paper sandwich bags.

Know what’s recyclable.

Does your school or daycare have a recycling program? If so, find out what is allowed and choose products with acceptable packaging. For example, canned drinks and plastic bottles are accepted by all recycling programs, but juice boxes are only accepted by some programs.

Discard straws and utensils.

Single-use plastic can take thousands of years to degrade after less than 30 minutes of use. If necessary, opt for straw- and utensil-free snacks. For example, choose applesauce or yogurt in a bag rather than a cup, which requires a spoon.

Consider the contents.

Buy paper and plastic products made from recycled materials.

Look for alternatives to plastic.

Organic and compostable products are made from wood, plants, and paper. For example, Bambu’s disposable bamboo cutlery or compostable bread bags.

Continue to buy in large quantities.

Buying in bulk helps reduce packaging waste. Apply the strategies mentioned above when packaging large quantities of food for individual servings.

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