Thursday, December 7, 2017

See how Waste Free Lunches are an important part of our environmental success!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Juice Boxes

Our school goal is to have fewer juice boxes in students’ lunches and snacks. Why?
·        Juice boxes create pollution: they are made and recycled in factories, which create pollution.
·        Juice boxes often have sugar included.
·        Fruit loses both fiber and nutrients when it is processed into juice
·        Fruit juices are often as high in calories and sugars as a serving of pop
·        A 650-milliliter juice box contains the calories of four whole apples, and a child can drink it in just seconds
·        Fruit juice can fill a child up so that he isn't hungry for his meal
·        Juice boxes are expensive, between 30-50 cents per box
·        Dental cavities are more likely  

The better choice? Raw fruits and veggies, and water. (in reusable bottles!) For more info, go to

Friday, March 22, 2013

Plastic Baggies


Here's the problem:
Finding oil.
Digging up oil with trucks.
Oil refineries.
Transporting oil.
Bag factories.
Transporting bags.

There's lots of pollution and oil consumption
through every stage of a baggie's life.

They're used once. Maybe 2 or 3 times.

Then tossed.
Garbage trucks.
Or maybe recycling truck, if lucky.
Then a long trip down a highway.
A recycling factory.
Then another truck, to another store. 

The life cycle of a baggie is not very pretty.

How many does your family use every day? 

 With 7 billion people, it all adds up. 

Reusables are the way to go!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Label your items

Don't want to lose your Waste Free Lunch items?
Label your items!
A great labelling company is
They stick well to anything.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Free Store

Sometimes resuable bottles and containers get misplaced and end up in the school's lost and found.
Our school is starting a Free Store!
Items left over from our school’s lost and found
are usually brought to the Salvation Army 3 times a year. Now before we take them there, kids and adults get take anything they'd like, for free.

Free stores are found all over the place, where communities are trying to reduce the amount
of things going into landfill. 

Hornby Island, a tiny B.C. island trying to reduce its waste with a Free Store.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cut It Up!

It's the best thing since sliced bread: sliced fruit!

Cutting up apples and other fruit ensures there is less waste
and more going into kids' tummies.

Apple corers are great!

Often kids don't eat the whole apple unless it's cut up.

Friday, May 25, 2012

What our Custodians think

Our custodians are very impressed with the success of our Waste Free Lunches. They say our total waste each day has been cut down by at least 67%, from 15 bags a day to about 5, for the whole school.

Since our big blitz during Earth Week, lunch waste been cut down even more. Last week Muriel picked up one bag of garbage after lunch for the whole school. For over 600 people, that's fabulous.

Last year we produced about 2700 bags of garbage in total during the school year. This year it will be about 900.

Holy cow!

The parents, kids and staff are all making this work. Way to go, Ecole Dickinsfield School!.