New Research Shows How Parents Can Save Over $400 Per Child Per School Year with Reusable, Waste-Free Lunches

Wild Mint, a health-oriented company, has released a “Lunch Savers” guide with research revealing how packing a reusable, waste-free lunch instead of a disposable lunch can not only save parents over $400 per child per school year but also benefit their child’s health and the environment.

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'...we know it will be a great roadmap for parents to find a healthier and more economical way to pack lunches for their families while also benefitting the environment.'

Plantation, FL (PRWEB) August 13, 2014

Wild Mint, an eco-friendly, healthy living company, has released a “Lunch Savers” guide to help inform parents on ways they can save money, their health, and the environment with reusable, waste-free lunches this back to school season. The guide contains research about the differences between a disposable lunch, containing materials such as plastic baggies, paper napkins and disposable bottles, and a reusable, waste-free lunch, where everything can be eaten, reused, recycled or composted.

One of their most striking findings is that parents can save over $400 per child per school year by packing a reusable, waste-free lunch over a disposable one. When it comes to lunch gear, choosing reusable contents can help parents save money over time by only having to purchase the products once instead of the purchase-then-toss cycle that results from disposable gear. Monetary savings can also come from the food packed in a reusable lunch. For example, parents can save money by purchasing a large box of crackers instead of individual packs, a jar of juice instead of juice boxes, and fresh cut fruit instead of fruit cups.

The guide also details numerous health and environmental benefits for families who forgo disposable lunches for healthier, reusable ones:

Health Benefits

  •     Homemade and fresh ingredients often have less fat, sugar, preservatives, and artificial ingredients than pre-packaged foods.
  •     Ingesting harmful chemicals can be avoided by packing food in safer lunch gear free from chemicals such as BPA and phthalates, often found in plastics and other disposable lunch items.

Environmental Benefits

  •     Unlike reusable lunch gear, disposable lunch items contribute to waste in the environment and landfills.
  •     Reusable lunch gear can help save the natural forests since most traditional paper products (like paper bags and napkins used in disposable lunches) are made from non-recycled wood fibers, leading to the depletion of the forests.

Wild Mint also studied how much the average US worker could save by packing a reusable, waste-free lunch instead of going out to eat or ordering food during the work day. Comparing research done by Visa finding that the average US worker spends $10 per day on going out to lunch to Wild Mint’s calculations of $6.69 per day for a reusable lunch, the average US worker could be saving a whopping $860.60 per year.

“We are so excited about the findings in our Lunch Savers guide,” said Wild Mint President, Hannah Helsabeck, “because we know it will be a great roadmap for parents to find a healthier and more economical way to pack lunches for their families while also benefitting the environment.”

Along with information on the benefits of waste-free lunches, the guide also offers time-saving tips for busy parents, and advice on how to effectively pack a homemade, reusable lunch. The company offers other resources for back to school including healthy recipes and toxin-free product guides on their website, http://www.wildmintshop.com.

About Wild Mint
Wild Mint is dedicated to helping people live eco-friendly, healthy and non-toxic lifestyles. Started by a mother of 6 in her quest to find safer alternatives to toxin-laden products, the company shares invaluable knowledge and resources on their website, http://www.wildmintshop.com. On a mission to positively influence people’s lives, Wild Mint is a one-stop source for trusted information and safer, more environmentally friendly products.


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