Waste Free Lunch: Build a Better Box

//Waste Free Lunch: Build a Better Box

My 1st grader shares his tips for how to make a waste free lunch—one that’s healthy for you and the environment.

The catalyst for this challenge was ignited when my son was in kindergarten. A study of the ocean, and all of its wonders, led the class to a discussion of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. That swirling pile of trash in the middle of the Pacific made a big impact on my then 6-year old. It became his mission to make a change—his way—one small step at a time. This week on The Huffington Post I share how he did it in my article: Kindergartner Takes Down Trash.

It only takes a few small changes to make a difference. Here’s how we learned to build a waste free lunch. Plan to make one change each week. By the end of the month, you’ll be well on your way to waste free lunches!

Step 1: Use reusable containers (like Lunchskins or EasyLunchBoxes or Lunchbots) instead of plastic baggies. Start by committing to make one simple change in your boxes: no plastic baggies.

Step 2: Choose whole, unprocessed foods instead of foods that come in a package. The more you choose whole foods, the less you’ll find trash in your lunchbox that can’t be composted or recycled.

Step 3: When you do choose something in a package, like popcorn or crackers, avoid individually wrapped items.

Step 4: Bring water in a BPA-free bottle (like a Nalgene bottle). No juice boxes or milk containers.

What excites me most about this project was that my son discovered, through his own initiative, that every person can make a difference no matter his or her age or size. He discovered that small steps lead to big changes. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, he felt empowered, and that boost in confidence extends well beyond the lunchbox.

By | 2018-02-03T22:49:28+00:00 February 17th, 2014|Lunch|0 Comments

About the Author:

Heralded by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution as “A mom and genius game creator helping kids eat fresh food!”, Jennifer Tyler Lee is an award-winning cookbook author, game creator, and healthy eating advocate. Jennifer has garnered national TV, radio, and print coverage for her family cookbook, The 52 New Foods Challenge, and her nutrition game, Crunch a Color®: The Healthy Eating Game. Jennifer’s work has been spotlighted by Jessica Alba, Michael Pollan, Jamie Oliver, Laurie David, Rachael Ray, US Weekly, The 700 Club, and Oprah.com—among many others. Her fresh approach to cooking together as a family inspired a nationwide series of kids cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma, The 52 New Foods Junior Chef Series, along with an exclusive edition of her book. A former strategy consultant, she lives in the Bay Area with her family.

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