It’s Plastic Free July, a time when we’re encouraged to take a hard look at the amount of plastic waste our community creates. We asked sustainability expert, Nicola Turner from Mainstream Green, for a few of her top tips for families – starting with her suggestions for reducing plastic in school lunchboxes.
Tips for school lunches
School lunchboxes can be plastic guzzlers. While those gorgeous bento-style boxes are a fantastic reusable option, it’s easy to fill them up when you’re in a hurry with tasty treats encased in brightly-coloured plastic. Here are a few easy ways to avoid that excess packaging:
- Prep ahead – Create instant, packaging-free options straight from your freezer. If you have time to bake, try doubling or tripling the recipe (or, if you want to take inspiration from Nicola, you could even quadruple it!) and pop it in the freezer. Add a frozen muffin or slice in the lunchbox when you’re prepping breakfast and they’ll defrost by morning tea time at school.
- Go bulk – Buy packaged snacks in those larger pack sizes (instead of the single-serve multipacks) and pop them in your own reusable snack-size bags or containers. You’ll probably find these are far easier for them to open on their own at school too!
- Make your own – Replace those individual plastic pottles of yoghurt with a bulk tub (which can be recycled more easily) and reusable containers. Or make your own from sachets with a yoghurt maker. A SodaStream is an ideal choice if you have littlies that love sparkling water.
Get the whole family involved
About Nicola Turner
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