Here at blog.munchcupboard.com litter-less or waste free lunch boxes were something we thought about a lot before we published our latest cookbook, Munch Lunchbox. Munch Lunchbox focuses on easy, healthy lunchboxes and offers inspiration for creating litter-less lunches with recipes and ideas for filling sectional and bento style lunchboxes. In this post we outline how to make waste-free lunchboxes, and the key steps involved in this: reducing food waste and reducing food packaging.
Over the next few posts we will explore litter-less or waste free lunchboxes and offer some tips for making a waste free lunches and for reducing lunchbox food waste.
What are waste-free lunchboxes?
Litter-less lunchbox, waste-free lunchbox, nude lunchbox, plastic-free lunchbox, eco-friendly lunchbox are all terms for lunchboxes that have no leftover waste. So a litter-less lunchbox is simply that. It is a lunchbox that creates no waste!
Food and food packaging make up to two thirds of all the rubbish most schools send to landfill. This means that parents are paying for uneaten groceries, and schools are paying to send those same groceries – and their packaging – to the landfill. Lots of schools around the country have implemented changes to try and minimise this lunchbox waste. Some have replaced their rubbish bins with worm farms and now send packaging waste home with children. These changes are a great way to engage the whole family in the project of reducing lunchbox waste.
A litter-less or waste free lunch takes only a little planning, and setting up a few easy new habits. The idea centres around reducing food waste and packaging, and ensuring that anything not eaten is reused or recycled. It’s easier than it sounds. Our grandparents probably just called it common sense!
Essentially there are only two key steps to creating a litter-less lunchbox. The first is to reduce the packing you are using in lunchboxes and the second is to reduce food waste from our lunch boxes. We will explore both of these concepts in our next two posts. Watch this space!
Want to know more about Munch Lunchbox Cookbook? Well the beautiful photography throughout the book is by Belinda Pope Photography. You can read more about our beautiful new cookbook over at Munch Cupboard. Ooh, and the first book review is in now is out now too.[shopify embed_type=”product” shop=”munch-nz.myshopify.com” product_handle=”munch-lunchbox-cookbook” show=”all”]
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