Four years ago, as part of our work on Global Goals for Sustainable Development and Green Schools, we highlighted the importance of us all doing our best to bring waste-free lunches (where possible) to school. As part of our work for Climate Action week, October 12th – 18th, we are reminding our whole school community of the importance of this practice and hoping that we can all join together making the best effort we can to minimise the amount of waste that lunch boxes generate.
A waste-free lunch may include:
- Reusable lunch bag/box, Reusable sandwich container, Reusable drink container
- Reusable containers (for veggies, yogurt, snacks), Reusable cutlery, Whole fruit
A waste-free lunch does not include:
- A paper or plastic lunch bag, Sandwich baggies, Individually wrapped lunches and snacks, Disposable cutlery
Packing a waste-free lunch for your child not only helps cut down on the amount of waste we generate, it also helps children learn about the importance of making the 3Rs a part of their daily routine.
Last year it became part of our school rules that every child would use a reusable drinks container in school. Most children are doing this which is fantastic as this is a great way of cutting down on the disposing of plastic bottles, and of certain drinks cartons that cannot be recycled.
Here are some photos taken of waste free lunches in LSP the last time we did a whole school promotion on waste free lunches:
We will be incorporating elements of Maths Week and Climate Action Week when we are learning about positive Climate Actions next week as we will be completing surveys on waste free lunches, on reusable drinks containers and we will also be completing a travel survey. By taking part in lessons we are developing within the children of our school a sense of citizenship and also continuing to develop a sense of appreciation and gratitude for the planet we all share.