Queensland parents are being urged to send their kids back to school with litter free lunch boxes this year.
Keep Australia Beautiful CEO Peter McLean said litter free lunch boxes were a perfect way to cut waste, save money and help tackle the rising rates of childhood obesity.
“The average brown-bag lunch from home creates up to 30 kilograms of rubbish per child each year – lunch waste is a third plastic, a third paper, and a third food,” Mr McLean said.
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“On the other hand, litter free lunches cut out two thirds of the packaging and can cost 40 per cent less to make.”
Mr McLean said packaged snack foods such as chips, biscuits, cereal bars and crackers in school lunch boxes also contributed to Australia’s rising obesity rates with one in four children being either overweight or obese.
“Cutting down on packaged food reduces litter but it also encourages healthy eating,’’ Mr McLean said.
“Kids eat a lot while they’re at school but it’s important they’re getting the right fuel for energy and concentration.’’