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Back to School the Green Way

>> Saturday, August 14, 2010

This is a guest post by Beth Aldrich who is a Certified Health & Nutrition Counselor, Healthy-Lifestyle-Green Living Expert, Author and mother of three boys. Her new book, Real Moms Love To Eat (Penguin NAL, fall 2011) will take you on a love affair of healthy, whole foods! You can also check out her Real Moms Love To Eat Blog.
This post is particularly relevant to me because I have a child starting kindergarten and I will be packing her lunches!


Back to school time presents a great opportunity for children and parents alike, to take another look at ways the family can live more earth-friendly throughout the year. One easy way is to make school lunches green.

For school lunches, using reusable containers is responsible,economical, and an easy way to save our environment as well as your hard earned dollars. With dozens of great options from lead/vinyl/PVC free, to American made 100% organic cotton - there’s an eco-friendly, reusable lunch bag solution for everyone! When a "brown bag" lunch creates between 4–8 ounces of garbage every day (about 100 pounds per year!), it only makes sense to switch to simple, reusable, sustainable solutions.

One zero-waste solution for all of your lunch packing needs is the colorful and fun Kids Konserve waste-free lunch kits! With a squiggle Ice Pak & Cover made of non-toxic, biodegradable material, that fits perfectly on the bottom of the lunch kits, your child's lunch will stay cold for hours; and and the ice pack doesn't sweat!

Most earth conscious parents know that using disposable plastic water bottles bottles are a big no-no. Instead, consider using reusable stainless steel water bottles form KleanKanteen, to avoid adding the mounting plastic that occupies our landfills (taking almost 1000 years to break down in nature). These bottles are BPA-free and come in a variety of sizes and colors.

Going green can be effortless for children and still very rewarding, by using reusable containers for their school lunches.

Lots more research and information on how much money you can save packing waste free lunches at wastefreelunches.org

You may also like to read Actions Kids can Take to Go Green.

11 comments:

Imagination-Cafe Magazine,  said... August 18, 2010 at 10:02 AM  

Great information :)

I'm your newest follower :)

Sandie lee
http://imaginationcafeblog.blogspot.com

Hope V,  said... August 18, 2010 at 10:18 AM  

Good information! Thank you for sharing. I might get one of those lunch kits for myself to take to work!

Carolyn,  said... August 18, 2010 at 11:22 AM  

We have totally gone green this year. Only reusable water bottles and no paper bags. I'm always trying to do one more thing or go one step farther. We are definitely doing much better than a year ago.

http://thistalkaintcheap.com

mommy2luke2008,  said... August 19, 2010 at 12:31 PM  

I'm a new follower!!
I won a set of their stainless steel containers on a giveaway and I love them. I use them to send applesauce to daycare for my son!

Mommies 2 Cents,  said... August 25, 2010 at 8:47 AM  

I love "green" products! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from TwitterMoms.

Jess
http://www.mommies2cents.com

hungrigyrl,  said... September 3, 2010 at 8:58 PM  

Perfect! My blog post today was about packing lunches and seeking "green" containers! Stop by sometime.

Lory,  said... October 5, 2010 at 2:45 AM  

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rain7420,  said... October 5, 2010 at 8:25 PM  

This is a great post. Thank you for sharing and bringing awareness. I had no idea how much garbage was generated from my child's bag lunch! I will definitely be looking into a solution such as this. Thanks again.
Lorraine
http://notyourgrandmothersavon.blogspot.com/

Jodi,  said... October 5, 2010 at 11:47 PM  

Hi - love your blog. My family and I are very "green" as well. Eat and shop organic. In fact my business is all natural (chemical free) as well! Found you on Twitter Moms.

Would love for you to visit my sites: http://jodishomebiz.com and http://amomhavingfun.blogspot.com.

Take care,

Jodi

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