At Carpenter Nature Center, we work to reduce our impact in the environment by trying to be a zero waste center. This means, whenever possible, we use products that can be reused, recycled or composted. One of the ways we reduce waste is by encouraging people to bring waste free lunches. The average child’s lunch creates 67 pounds of waste per school year.
Here’s an example of a waste free lunch:
*All food can be composted, such as Sandwiches, Apples, Brownies and Crackers.
*Paper Napkins can be composted or use cloth napkins that can be reused
* Paper Juice Box which can be composted
* Reusable Lunchbox or a Paper Lunch bag (which can be composted)
*Carry food in reusable containers and eat products that come in minimal packaging.
A helpful hint to consider when producing little waste is: Paper Products and Food can be composted. Try to use these products when you can or use recyclable or reusable materials.
Some helpful links to learn more about green initiatives:
Waste Reduction Guides
- EPA Guide to Composting
- EPA Guide to Waste Free Lunch
- Reducing Plastic Waste for Schools and Families
Environmentally Friendly Products