Kids in the US go to school for 180 days each year. If you pack your kiddos lunch most of those days – that’s 150 lunches. Brown bagging it can often be the healthier option, and certainly the less expensive one, but what about all that waste? If you’re anything like the average packer, your lunchbox might include:
A yogurt cup
A juice box with a straw
A bag of chips
At the end of the school year, your little one would have tossed more than 1,000 pieces of garbage in the bin!
How can we do better?
Just about 50 million students head off to school each day, and around half of them bring their lunch. By making these little lunchbox changes, we can keep 25 billion (!) items out of the trash can over the course of a school year.