Nia House’s Eco-Friendly Lunch Aspirations

In the midst of getting to and from work and school, navigating bath time, bedtime routine, getting in some quality time with the family and so much more- lunch packing should be swift and hassle-free. Nia House wants this for you. We also intend to make environmental stewards of your children, leave them a world with less waste, and promote healthful eating so their bodies feel strong, healthy, and ready to learn. For this reason, Nia House needs your help in packing environmentally friendly, waste free, and health filled lunches.

At Nia House, there are no garbage cans in children’s spaces. Compost bins are available for lunch waste, paper towels, and tissues. Recycling is available, however, recycling has serious environmental drawbacks. In an ideal world, which we need your help in creating, compost will be the only waste option. Therefore, we ask that you send NO DISPOSABLE PACKAGING in your child’s lunch. Here are some common items we see:

Not only are these items non-recyclable, they often end up littering our school yard.

A Huffington Post Blogger calculated that packing with reusable containers and avoiding disposable packaging can save you $400 per year! Such a cost saving might be worth the extra effort! Being eco-friendly is all about building new habits and routines. We are happy to support you make the changes needed to make Nia House’s lunches waste-free, earth friendly, and healthy.

Here are some tips to get started in packing eco-friendly lunches to Nia House:

  • Skip the individually wrapped items and buy in bulk. Instead of cheese sticks or individual yogurts, you can buy in bulk and send these items in reusable containers.
  • Buy reusable containers.  Remember to label the container and the lid with your child’s name. If washing these each night feels a hassle, have the children help. Once you get home, fill a tub with bubbly water, hand over a sponge or scrubber, and 75% of the time they will likely oblige. Soap and water equals fun!
  • Prepare lunch the night before. We all know, the morning is a scramble. Boil eggs over the weekend, have the children slice and pack the cheese, cut the fruit, make the sandwich or pack up dinner’s leftovers.    

We understand that for many this is a major lifestyle shift. Please reach out if you need more ideas or support. Thank you so much for supporting our efforts at being waste-free and instilling in our children values that will make the planet more inhabitable and their bodies all the more healthy.

For more information on the economics, environmental impact, and health benefits of eco-friendly lunch packing, check out the following articles:

Reusable, Waste Free Lunches: How to Save Your Money, Your Health, and the Environment

10 ways to pack your kids a more sustainable lunch

Nia House

Nia House Learning Center, 2234 9th St, Berkeley, CA, 94710, United States

A Montessori Toddler & Preschool Program serving Berkeley since 1974