Did you know that the average person with a disposable lunch creates 1.95 kg of waste every day?
A daily disposable lunch for a school-aged child creates over 30 kgs of waste a year, on average.
Add up single-use plastic wrappers and cutlery, juice boxes (which are complicated to recycle since they are made of an inseparable combination of cardboard, plastic and aluminium foil) and straws (which are typically too small to be recycled), and it becomes obvious that most of our lunchbox waste goes…. straight to landfill. There, they turn into harmful methane gases and leak toxins into the soil and the oceans…until they reach our food chain and cause even greater harm to our body and planet.
Plastic containers are manufactured with chemicals - hormone disrupting chemicals like BPA* and Phtalates* which have a disastrous effect on body functionality. By using synthetic, vinyl-insulated lunch boxes, the food gets contaminated when in contact with the plastic container, introducing plastic into our bodies. There is an obvious health benefit to switch to reusable, durable packed lunches…and it does not only apply to the food that is packed in them!
How to replace plastic lunch containers? Simply choose a non-toxic food container like one of these, that will support you in ditching single items packaging for a reduced or even zero waste approach to lunch:
There are MANY healthier alternatives to single-use plastic out there. A great start is to figure out what is your current lunch box made of, and if it is plastic, to start researching what else is available next time you take a trip to the store, and consider whether you really need each one of your cookies or cheese cubes separately wrapped. Get in touch with us email@example.com for more recommendations on where to find non-toxic lunch boxes in your city or area!