Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Life is Green and the living is EASY???

By now we are all aware that we need to take care of this planet of ours. We are walking a fine line in time. Consumption is so high! If we move past this breaking point we may not be able to come back from it. And I for one do not want that to happen for my children.

We are raising the most eco aware generation. My 5 year old often comments "oh oh mommy someone is using the earth as a trash bin" when we see a piece of litter in our travels. He often want to stop and pick it up. Sometimes we do and sometimes we don't, but I keep a trash bag in the back of the car for just such occasions.

The school boards have made tremendous strides in promoting litter free lunches and our school in particular has even adapted their schedules to allow the kids to have snacks before recess in order to cut down on the litter that often crept into the school yard.

For school this year I was able to find a good lunch bag and purchased some glad containers, tupperware and Kleen Kanteen water bottles. Over the year I hope to transition over to stainless steel food containers like these but man! they are more money so I am opting to purchase 1 container ever few months and by next year should have a very nice collection.

One of my favorite people Sara Snow has a great back to school post on Treehugger.

Along with the "equipment" to store a green lunch you also have to hunt a little to find snacks and food with less packaging. I buy treats like dehydrated fruit and cookies in bulk so there is less packaging. Don't get me wrong I am not above throwing cheese strings in there or Fruit gushers. But those are for those days when I don't practice Positive Habit #1. Enough said.

In the coming weeks we will look at all kinds of tips to work through one by one to "live green" and help make our planet enjoyable for generations to come.


  1. Great post! I also use re-usable containers for the kids lunches and am happy the school promotes waste free lunches. We've come a long way.

    Great writing!

  2. thanks so much for the comment!