It’s that time of year again: Earth Day. I think there is no better way to celebrate than to send your child to school with a no trash lunch. I originally posted this last year, but want to share the message again. Try it — you’ll feel great.
My son’s preschool is having a no trash day on Thursday, Earth Day. For lunch, we are not allowed to send anything that can be thrown in the trash. All items, containers, etc. must be able to be reused. Basically, everything you see in the picture above (except for the actual lunch box) is going to be a no-no on Thursday.
It’s a cool idea and has really has me thinking. What do I typically put in his lunch that gets tossed at the end of the day? I know I use a lot of plastic bags for sandwiches and snacks. Occasionally, I send a pre-packaged PB&J. The wrapper wouldn’t be allowed on Earth Day.
I’m good about not sending juice boxes — we use a thermos for juice or milk.
What about a napkin? Yup, we put one in every day. Thursday it will have to be a cloth napkin.
Utensils? Admittedly, we use plastic sometimes. I’ve been known to reuse plastic, even running them through the dishwasher, but eventually they end up in the trash.
I’ll be working hard to have a zero-trash lunch on Thursday for my son to take to school. I think I’ll do the same for my lunch that day as well. Maybe, it’ll be so easy that we’ll continue it all the time: I think that’s the idea.
Why not try it with us? Let me know what you think of the challenge.
Photo credit: Stock.xcng via artist anissat.