The first day of school is quickly approaching and I cannot be in denial about it anymore. I have put our “back to school” shopping list in my pocket book so that when I stop procrastinating I will have it at the ready. It is just so difficult for me to take time off from these magnificent summer days to drive an hour to enter a fluorescent lit warehouse filled with tempting merchandise. Maybe even have some coupons gathered and organized.
My children have informed me that they will refuse to go to school if they end up getting the only notebooks remaining on the shelves again which are usually the pre-school superhero notebooks.
Staying Green with School Lunches:
There will be one fundamental change on my personal school supply list this year. We will be focusing on being as environmental as possible with our lunch packaging. No more plastic sandwich bags, or plastic bottles and no prepackaged snack items. We will buy in bulk and pack the lunches in something clever like the Laptop Lunch Bento Box Set, listed below. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generate some 80 million tons of waste from packaging, labeling and empty containers. Buying in bulk saves you money and helps the planet.
As for food, creating healthy lunches that the children will eat and actually look forward to is my biggest challenge. I will try my best to bake fresh bread at home and include veggies in every meal as well as a homemade dessert made with whole grain and natural ingredients thus obliterating high fructose corn syrup from their diet. It seems like an overwhelming ambition but I can at least try.
In all my research on finding new products to help ease me into lunch preparation, I am glad to see that America is going green. We are lucky that it is getting easier to help save our planet with these great new environmental products that will save us money and time in the end:
And for those of you who are looking for decorative environmental bags for your groceries go to http://www.saxsystuff.com
For other ideas on how to stay green check out the following article:
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