I never like August much anymore because it is the month that I have to start planning for the school to take my son away from me again.
At home, I teach my son the importance of living healthy - both physically and environmentally. When I send him to school, sometimes he doesn't have much control over things. In his school, they don't have recycling bins in the lunch room for juice boxes, recyclable containers, plastic utensils, etc. (I'm going to work on that this year).
Here are a few suggestions -
~ Pack your child's lunch (since when is a large pretzel dipped in processed cheese a good lunch, anyway?). Use reusable containers, utensils, and drinking containers. Wash them at home. Oh, and no plastic bags.
~ Use a lunch box, not paper bags.
~ But non-toxic and recycled school supplies whenever possible.
~ Don't buy your child (or yourself) processed meals with a ton of packaging.
Small changes will make a huge difference.