As you know, we are learning about reducing,
reusing, and recycling in the classroom. Today, I surprised the learners
at lunch and collected all of their trash. We found that as a class, we
had thrown away 25 pieces of trash. Next we sorted out all the
recyclables and compost materials and reduced our waste to 15 pieces. Not too bad, but I know we can do
even better! Most of the trash was from small plastic bags and snack packaging.
As a class, we brainstormed ways we could reduce our trash even more at snack and lunch time. These ideas included:
snacks and sandwiches in reusable containers. Even recyclables like
plastic yogurt containers can be reused to pack lunch box items.
-buy bulk sizes of snack foods and pack them in reusable containers.
-use a reusable water bottle or drink container.
-pack reusable utensils and cloth napkins.
told the learners that as an experiment, we would see if we could
reduce the amount of trash in our snacks and lunches each day this week.
I will be collecting the trash each day and we will graph our results.
Please involve your child as much as possible in the packing of his or
her lunch each day. Have your child problem solve ways of reducing the
waste. If your child gets hot lunch, he or she can figure out ways to
cut down on snack time trash.
We will report back to you with our results!
Thanks for your support,
Erin and Jami