Lunchboxes often includes cartons, plastic bottles, sandwich bags, yoghurt pots, crisp bags, biscuit and bar wrappers, dip containers, cling film and sandwich bags. Multiply this with the number of lunches you prepare in a year and you start to see how much you are contributing to landfill. Packing a waste free lunch means that you have no waste to throw away when you have finished.
We all know that the best way to reduce waste and litter is not to create it in the first place. This is, however, easier said than done when supermarkets are selling more and more pre-packed, convenience products designed for our children’s lunchboxes. Products that are carefully packaged into snack sizes and individually wrapped.
A waste free lunch does not only save on packaging and the environment it saves money too. By buying bulk rather than pre packed convenience foods there are pounds to be saved. My Friendly Lunchbox (http://www.myfriendlylunchbox.co.uk/), a newly launched website selling products for a waste free lunch, advises families to buy a block of cheese and a big bag of raisins rather than the snack packed cartons and individually wrapped cheese portions. You can also make your own flavoured water for free and make dunkers and other dips for half the price.
Recently there has been a lot of health warnings about Bisphenol A (BPA), an industrial chemical found in many plastic bottles and food containers on the market. Those who want to avoid BPA, should therefore look out for products that are made from stainless steel or plastic items that are marked or sold as ’free from BPA’. My Friendly Lunchbox source and sell BPA free, high quality products that make it easy to pack a waste free lunch for school, work and picnics. The wide range of eco friendly bottles, lunchboxes, wrappers and food containers offer the perfect lunchbox solution for everyone.