DURATIONLess than 30 minutes
All year long
WHO NEEDS TO HELPNone (activity can be done with limited or no adult involvement)
HOW IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
The average student creates an average of 67 pounds of lunchtime trash each school year. There are over 50 million students in the U.S. That is over 3 billion pounds of trash! By packing a trash free lunch, you can help reduce that number and help protect our planet.
Trash Free Lunches encourage students to bring lunches that don't generate trash. This is done by using trash free lunch boxes, reusable cloth sandwich or snack bags, and/or reusable containers. How about a reusable water bottle instead of a disposable juice box? Switch from paper napkins to cloth. There are over 50 million students in the U.S. Imagine the trash we could divert if they all switched to trash free lunches?
Reusable containers, utensils, napkins and water bottles
Get this program started at your school so every single student is packing a trash free lunch. Do this by talking to a teacher or principal. If you have any questions about how best to do this or need help implementing the program at your school, contact Grades of Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. When packing lunch in the morning, instead of using single use, disposable items such as plastic bags, tin foil, paper napkins, plastic spoons, etc., choose reusable items such as cloth napkins and sandwich bags, reusable water bottles, and other items that can be used over and over again (after a good cleaning).
2. Go to school, eat your lunch, and be proud nothing ends up in the trash (or a landfill) at the end of the day!