School lunchboxes as an opportunity for health and environmental considerations: A scoping review

Neha Kishan Lalchandani, Brianna Poirier, Shona Crabb, Caroline Miller, Clare Hume

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Very little research has focussed on children's school lunchboxes from both a health and environment standpoint. This scoping review explores studies that considered children's lunchbox food consumption trends at school and the environmental impacts of lunchbox contents. We conducted a scoping review of peer-reviewed literature with a focus on lunchboxes of children in preschool or primary school settings that contained food packed from home, through the lens of food and nutrition in combination with environmental outcomes-particularly food and/or packaging waste. The review included 10 studies, with articles from Australia, USA, Spain, New Zealand and the UK. Half of them were intervention studies aiming to shift knowledge levels and attitudes of teachers, parents and children with regard to reducing packaged food choices and food waste, and improving dietary habits. Acknowledging the complexity of lunchbox packing and consumption practices, this review recommends the consideration of socio-ecological influences on children's health and sustainability behaviour, and mobilizing their pro-environmental agency.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberdaac201
JournalHealth Promotion International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 Feb 2023


  • child
  • environment
  • nutrition
  • school lunchboxes
  • scoping review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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