Waste Free Wednesday – April 24, 2019

Posted April 15, 2019

We will be holding Waste-Free Lunch Day on Wednesday, April 24th! 

Our participation in Waste-Free Lunch Day is an extension of our school’s ongoing commitment to reducing waste. It’s also part of Our Food Future, Guelph-Wellington’s vision to become Canada’s first circular food economy. We are excited to be part of the food smart journey.

We encourage you to have a conversation with your child at home about food waste, why we need to reduce it and how they can participate in their own meal preparation.

5 Tips to Creating a Waste-Free Lunch:

  • Pack leftovers or repurpose leftover ingredients into a new meal
  • Buy snacks such as pretzels, yogurt, or applesauce in larger quantities and portion them in advance into smaller reusable containers.
  • Cut fruit and vegetables in advance and pack them in reusable containers.
  • Pack a reusable bottle for water or juice instead of single-use cans or juice boxes.
  • Pack real cutlery or reusable travel cutlery instead of plastic forks and spoons.

Examples of Waste-Free or Low Waste Snacks

  • Chopped or whole fruits and vegetables
  • Crackers and cheese cubes in a reusable container
  • Dry cereal with dried fruit
  • Home-made baked goods (muffins, cornbread, cookies, etc.)

Why should I care about Waste-Free Lunches?

  • The average Canadian household throws away nearly $1,500 in edible food each year (roughly one-third of our food)
  • In addition to the financial cost, wasted food in landfills also causes unnecessary methane emission which is an extremely potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change
  • By shopping local, we can support our local food economy, which over time will help increase food access in our community
  • One in six families in Guelph-Wellington is food insecure; however, we can be part of the solution by changing our attitudes toward the way we experience food, so that we can feed more mouths rather than filling our landfills or composts

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