Since Carbon started attending the little Sudbury school I've had to pack him a lunch every day. We've been able to do that without compromising our disposable plastic rule, because of my collection of reusable containers. Waste-free lunches are possible!
But what about when I am the "Snack Mom"? Carbon's baseball team has a snack schedule for both practices and games, and I can see that this is going to become more of a part of my life. What do you hand out? So far, Carbon has received those individual cheese and cracker snacks (can't eat that - not gluten free) and a bag of cheetos, and also always a little Caprisun drink pouch. These are not healthy snacks, they don't follow our dietary needs, they are in no way ethical, organic, or local, and the excess packaging generates all this waste!
(I am wondering if I should start collecting those Caprisun pouches he gets handed and keep them to sew a sunshade or a lunch bag or something).
I've had two turns at snack so far, and I brought organic apples and bananas for one and organic granola bars (but in individual wrappers) for the other. And juice boxes - Carbon says I have to bring juice boxes. I got low-sugar, organic juice in a paper box instead of those pouches, but still - argh!
The fruit was received fairly well, the granola bars were not (many kids told me "But I don't like this kind of food!" when I handed it to them). Do I just always do fruit? How can these quick and portable snacks be healthy and not generate all this waste? Ideas?