Earth Day Yumbox Tips

5 Earth Day Tips that you and your family can easily follow everyday.

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Earth Day Yumbox Tip #1 - Portion sizes

Be more sensitive to how much you serve to young children. Every time you overpack their lunchbox or serve too much during dinner time that doesn't get eaten, this contributes to the 40 tons of food that are wasted by US households annually. Wasted resources and more garbage and more starving people in the world.

More information on portion sizes for kids

More food for thought on Food waste

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Earth Day Yumbox Tip #2 - Reduce your carbon hoof print

If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint this Earth Day, start by reducing your “carbon hoof print.”

According to a 2013 United Nations report, animal agriculture produces about 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. That’s one reason the Sierra Club recognizes the importance of meat reduction, stating, “If Americans reduced meat consumption by just 20 percent, it would be as though we all switched from a sedan to a hybrid.”

For family friendly ideas of How to incorporate the new proteins into your child's diet

For more information on the Carbon Hoof Print

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Earth Day Yumbox Tip #3 - Go waste-free for lunch.

According to the EPA, the average American school-age child throws away 67 pounds of lunch waste a year. Most packed lunches look like this - lots of snack packs, wrappers and baggies. By investing in a reusable lunch container and reusable drink bottle, we can take a big dent out of our lunch waste and save money!

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Earth Day Yumbox Tip #4 - Buy local.

"What does buying local actually do for the environment? First of all, local foods are produced as close to home as possible. Buying local supports a more sustainable food system by going beyond the methods used in food production to include every step that brings food from farm to plate, first and foremost, transportation. Sustainable agriculture involves food production methods that are healthy - including reduction of pesticide use – balances demand based on local needs, involves less environmentally harmful equipment and practices, and most importantly, reduces impacts on the environment by decreasing transportation needs." more here at environmentforbeginners.com.

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Earth Day Yumbox Tip #5 - Start a garden.

Teaching kids about how foods grow is an important step in understanding our environment and how food gets to the table. You can help reduce your carbon footprint by growing, harvesting and eating the foods you grow. If you harvest more than your family can consume, there are many local food pantries that would be happy to accept your fresh fruits and veggies. Tips on starting a Family Garden.

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