February 27, 2016

Boomerang Lunch

You know what a boomerang is - a flat, curved, wooden devise.   When thrown, it returns to the thrower.  

But do you now what a boomerang lunch is?   A BOOMERANG LUNCH is a child’s lunch, sent to school (by well-meaning parents) that returns to the child’s home.  

Jackman fully supports a boomerang lunch program.   Here’s why…

1. Instead of ‘throwing away’ the uneaten lunch food (example: a banana), kids are asked to hold onto it for later (...maybe for recess or after school).  No food is wasted.  Perfect!  

2.  Kids are also asked to take home uneaten food (example: a ham & cheese sandwich).  This is done to spark a family conversation about lunch food likes and dislikes.  Changes may be needed.  Long term outcome… less food waste.  Great!  
3. Also, any packaging that is used for lunches is sent home.  There are no garbage cans, recycling bins or compost bins available for kids in the lunch rooms.   It should spark another family conversation about the garbage.  Littleless lunches are the right thing to do.  How litterless are your lunches?

Over the years, we’ve collected data about the waste we have created at Jackman.   Year after year, the data confirms this... food and food packaging are the biggest concerns.   At Jackman we’re working to change that. 

Boomerang lunch is a good thing… the right thing to do.   Let's commit to creating less waste.

February 25, 2016

Litterless Lunch

We're here from Jackman's Eco Team (the JETs) and we’d like to talk to you about how to make a litterless lunch.  Here are a few tips to follow:

1. Get a reusable lunch bag instead of a plastic bag or a paper bag.   You can use it over and over again. It's better for the environment that way.
2. Also, get reusable food containers in different sizes. These are perfect for all your snacks and lunch foods.  

3. Prepare some homemade snacks, such as fruit crumble, granola bars, Rice Krispie squares, cookies and trail mixes (no nuts).  Put these into reusable containers.  There will be no wrappers to throw away.

4. Here's a good idea... if you really like yogurt, you can buy a big tub of yogurt and portion it into a smaller reusable containers.

5. If you buy packaged cheese strings, consider buying a big block of cheese instead. Then cut it into small slices and put these in a reusable container.

6. By the way, fresh fruit and veggies are perfect for littlerless lunches. And healthy too.

7. And forget about the over-packaged juice box. Pour your favourite juice into a reusable container.

Well, this concludes our blog for today.  We know that making a litterless lunch takes a bit more effort, but we think it’s worth it!   Thanks for doing your part to reduce waste.

Morgan, Lauren and Lizzie