Nearly 1.3 billion tons of food waste are generated every year according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization. As daunting as that number sounds, we can start instilling a conservation mindset in our kids at an early age by teaching them about food waste… small steps.
Here are just a few activities your child can engage in while putting food waste and food packaging to good use!
Reuse Food Packaging
The containers your food comes in are a treasure trove for arts and crafts lovers. Help your child learn about repurposing by looking at empty food packages and asking questions like, “What do you think this can be used for?”. Here are two ways you can start.
From Milk to Pencil Cup
Egg Carton Paint Palette
Your plastic egg carton is not what it seems! It can be transformed in many ways into something functional and useable. One of these ways is a paint palette.
Organic waste releases methane gas, which if not buried in the soil, can add to the greenhouse gas effect. If you have a yard, it’s a great opportunity to show kids how fruit and vegetable waste can be put to good use. Composting is one of the most undemanding and eco-friendly ways to recycle your food waste.
What can you use in composting?
Greens – Grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps, weeds, and coffee grounds and filters
Food Leftovers – Eggshells, tea bags, and nut shells
Browns – Dead leaves, wood chips, twigs, and fireplace ash
Recyclable Packaging Material – Shredded newspaper, cardboard, and paper.
Other ways to reduce food waste: