Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Waste Free Lunches

We hope that Back To School is going beautifully for all of you with BTSers in the house.

Here's a great resource to help you go waste free with you and your students' lunches this year:  

Have you heard about that science/math project where you carry around your trash for a week to see how much stuff you actually throw away four times a month or fifty-two times a year? According to Waste Free Lunches, each school-age child generates 67 pounds of lunch-related trash every year. Multiply that by all the kids at your child's school and we've got a serious math problem on our hands. 

What to do about all that trash going to the landfill?  You can ditch the mini snack bags and plastic baggies and invest in stylish and lightweight reusable utensils, lunch carriers, napkins, and water bottles.  You can even get your whole school community involved in the problem-solving fun with the "how to" section of the website as your guide! (And, you could save over 200 dollars a year per person in the process.) Read all about the success stories across the country here.

Stay tuned for more specific ideas of what products might work for you as you embark on the zero waste adventure.  To reusability and beyond!

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