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How to go Zero Waste with your Kids

Kids are notorious for waste, whether it’s a half-eaten apple or plastic toys that don’t last. For a family, becoming zero waste can be challenging and take time. But, there are lots of things you can do to influence your child’s behaviour and help foster a zero waste lifestyle change.


These 5 tips are simple…and don't have to happen overnight, introduce them one at a time, gradually until they stop thinking about that chocolate bar in the lunchbox, or the snack attack that’s all plastic packaging and no substance.


1. Reduce

An easy place to start going zero waste is with your child's lunchbox…

What's inside?

Packaged muesli bars, plastic-wrapped sandwich, a small bag of popcorn? Take one food item at a time and look for a package-free alternative.


Bake flapjacks at home, buy from a wholesaler, prepare fruit, veg and dips.

Not only will this lead to a zero waste home, but you'll also save money and eating healthier.


2. Reusable Food Packaging

There are now so many fun and convenient zero-waste alternatives for food packaging that kids will love.

Try beeswax wraps instead of cling film or reusable sandwich bags you can throw in the washing bowl with the dishes.

For young children buy squeezable pouches you can reuse for yoghurt, purees and smoothies instead of the single-use options at the grocery store.