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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Trash talk on kids school lunch packaging

I am putting together a comprehensive report(?) on the waste created from kids school lunches and whilst it is common knowledge about the garbage we send to schools in the form of packaging or non recyclable containers,
it is the garbage free lunches I am interested in.
What are you using that is low impact on our resources and doesn't hang around for 1000 years once we are done with it ie: those cutesy bags with Velcro and silver refrigerated lining made by various companies. They re only "green" for as long as you use them and I seem to see new ones at the start of every year in kids school bags. So add up the cost to the environment after little Jonny is sick of his Cars lunch bag with the cool drink holder and wants to move on to batman. Yeah, they look lovely as landfill for a few 100 years, right?
Hey I use one too for master nunde so I am GUILTY but want to change.
What do you do that is a "real" green choice.?
Email me or comment with your views or knowledge that you want to pass on. Whether I agree or not, what you have to say is important to me.
Cheers everyone.
Have a great week and enjoy the cooler weather fellow Victorians.

3 comments:

Baino March 12, 2009 at 7:08 AM  

I found that mine didn't think the velcro 'cooler' things very cool at all and preferred their lunches in a brown paper bag! I'm a chronic reuser and recycler so I didn't like prepackaged lunches. Yeh yeh . .I used gladwrap on their sarnies but recycled the yoghurt containers as seed tubs. And there's nothing wrong with freezing their drink in an old water bottle. All that stuff about refilling water bottles being germy is bunkum. Then when they hit high school, tupperware does just fine! Might not be biodegradable but I still have the lunchboxes they took to school and that was 5 years ago!

Lucy Bowler March 12, 2009 at 10:03 PM  

HI there
Tom has a Cars (!) lunchbox, for want of anything better. I fill it with smaller containers, one each for sandwich, yoghurt, fruit and he seems to be able to handle them. I wish I could buy a pre-fab lunchbox with say 4 containers inside that I know will fit. Sometimes I have to use a bit of gladwrap if something is an odd shape. My sister made her son some oilcloth lunchbags, follow the link. http://greedyforcolour.blogspot.com/2009/01/oil-cloth-lunch-bag.html I know oilcloth isn't biodegradable, but I don't really think there's a good solution yet! The good thing about the plastic containers I use for Tom's lunch is that I can use them in the fridge for other food if need be. We are big into plastic containers!

Melanie March 15, 2009 at 12:27 PM  

Thanks Baino and Lucy for giving me an insight into what you guys do. I pretty much do most the same as you guys but up until this year I have made no attempt to keep the cooler bags or lunch boxes in top condition and have had to replace them a lot. This is my responsability and something I vow to change. Cheers for sharing!

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