Waste-Free Lunch Programs

Recently I stumbled across a website called WasteFreeLunches.org. After checking out the site and reading about all of the waste that goes on during school lunches, I began to look more closely at my own school cafeteria. It’s amazing how much we throw away on a daily basis! All of this waste leads to overflowing landfills and more contaminants in the air from incinerators.

WasteFreeLunches.org offers great, workable solutions to reducing waste—for example, they encourage you to use reusable food containers, drink containers, utensils, and napkins. Also, they suggest that you avoid using items with disposable packaging. Not only do these tips help you improve the environment and reduce waste, they save you (and your parents) money! Over time, these savings can add up.

The site even recommends these super cool “waste-free” lunch kits that are really colorful and fun. So you can do your part to reduce waste—and lunch fashionably while you’re at it.

Imagine what a difference we could make and how much waste we could reduce if every school started a waste-free lunch program, which is exactly what WasteFreeLunches.org suggests that we do.

Does your school have a program that helps to reduce waste? If not, why not start one?