Many schools and parents are looking to create litterless lunches – not only does it reduce waste (diverting it from landfills and conserving energy) but it also saves money and is often a much healthier option!
Did you know:
- Every year, an elementary student in Ontario sends to landfills their own body weight in waste from conventionally packed school lunches.
- Each Canadian throws away approximately ½ kilogram of packaging daily.
- The majority waste coming out of an office or school, other than paper, is lunch waste packaging.
- By taking a litterless lunch, you produce 89 per cent less waste when you avoid single-use, disposable containers and bags.
- By eliminating an average of 6 ounces (0.17 kg) of packaging garbage from each lunch for 20 school or work days, you can reduce CO2 emissions by 44.6 lbs (20 kg) for the month.
- A London, Ontario, school board calculated that a litterless lunch saved $2.75 per day, or $550 per year per child.
- While the exact numbers vary depending on the lunch, homemade lunches generally have much less sodium, sugar and fat.
So, what are you waiting for? Get started on your litterless lunch adventure – you’ll feel good knowing that you are helping the planet and getting a more economical and nutritious lunch! Get more tips and ideas here: