It’s back to school season once again. Parents are keen in preparing back-to-school must haves: books, uniform, school supplies, school service coordination and of course the “waking up early” routine. How about their meals, their packed lunch, and snacks? What do we consider when we prepare food for them?
In the light of the rising issues with childhood obesity, including First Lady Michelle Obama’s all-out campaign against obesity, most parents and school councils have coordinated plans and strategies on how to provide healthy and nutritious school meals. Even with busy schedules, parents nowadays have find ways to prepare lunch and snacks for their kids to make sure of the nutrients they are getting. We can say that of course parents are the foremost responsible for their child’s healthy eating attitude.
Kids are now are eating more nutritious meals and have embraced the “change in healthy-eating-habit” lifestyle. Next is, are we contributing to saving our planet? We should be. Eating healthy goes hand in hand with being eco-friendly.
Here are few tips on how to go back to school in green style:
Buy Recycled School Supplies. Consider buying notebooks made from recycled materials. With innovations, recycled notebooks have come up with different styles to choose from. And there’s also recycled ruler, plastics, pencils, pen markers and clip board. Even backpacks made from hemp and recyclable drink pouches are available as well.
Utilize Reusable Containers. Instead of the usual plastic sandwich bags and tin foil wrap for meal, switch to use reusable containers. It will not only save you money but will decrease waste output in your household.
Buy snacks in Bulk. Invest in larger sizes with reusable packaging for fruits, veggies, cookies and crackers. It saves cost and reduces waste production.
Healthy and Delicious Beverages. When food or juice for that matter is consumed totally, no amount will be thrown away in the trash, so buy healthy and delicious juice like Fruitables, a combined fruit and veggie drink. The trick is put it in the freezer overnight so it stays cold and fresh in your kid’s lunchbox the whole day.
Bike or Walk. If your children’s school campus is just a stone’s throw away, you may encourage biking or walking to and from school. It is not just a very good exercise; it also reduces carbon emission which is the number one cause of global warming.
“Back to school” will bring out more expenses for your family and that is why recycling, reducing and reusing will make perfect sense in your budget and of course to the environment as well.