Updated: Mar 30, 2021
"At the end of the day, if I have used just one less single-use plastic, then I feel we are on the right track. It is my hope that these daily habits are embedded into my kids and they continue to incorporate them throughout their lives." Eco-Mum, Tina White
Like a lot of schools and pre-schools, my kids’ school encourages waste-free lunchboxes. Given that our children will be the ones to inherit this planet, I think it’s a fabulous idea to teach them at a young age, the benefits of reducing our contribution to landfill, and the effects that single-use plastic can have on our environment.
Although sometimes it can feel impossible to avoid using plastic packaging, we can control the amount we use. For example, I prefer to buy in bulk. Instead of multipack chips and crackers I buy a large bag or packet which can be portioned straight into the lunchbox or a small re-usable container. Instead of cling film, I prefer to wrap sandwiches in beeswax wraps which can be wiped down and re-used. A bonus is they smell delicious!
Sometimes I make my own muesli slice, to avoid buying store bought bars which have so many wrappers, although I usually end up eating more than the kids. Food scraps come home and get tossed into the compost for a happy garden.
Our lunchboxes have small compartments which are great for filling up with slices of carrots and cucumber, nuts and dried fruit. Having the little compartments leads me to be more creative with what I fill them with. My kids enjoy opening the compartments at school to see what yummy food awaits.
If I do use plastic in their lunchboxes I get reprimanded by my kids, which makes me feel grateful that they understand about single-use plastic and the effects on our environment.
At the end of the day, if I have used just one less single-use plastic, then I feel we are on the right track. It is my hope that these daily habits are embedded into my kids and they continue to incorporate them throughout their lives.
Tina is a Mum of three beautiful girls (two of whom are twins), she lives in Auckland, New Zealand.
When she's not at home with her family, her favourite places to visit are the forest, the bush and the beach. Tina is extremely passionate about the health of the Earth and feels a sense of duty to ensure that the environment is healthy for all that share it. She is always searching for new ways to care for the environment and reduce her family's impact on it. Her dream is for her children to grow up with a deep understanding of how their choices and actions can positively affect our environment.