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Get the Facts!

It might seem alarming, but it’s important to know the numbers. Promote waste-free lunches at your school and learn about our Waste-Free Challenge.

The facts are staggering. Read below, click to find the source and SHARE with others:

  • On average, a school-age child using a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of lunch waste per school year (18,760 pounds of lunch waste per elementary school).
    Solution: Try reusable stainless steel containers to cut down on packaged, single-serving foods.
  • A waste-free lunch saves on average $216 per child per year (versus a disposable lunch).
    Solution: To keep saving, try reusable Food Kozies to cut down on disposable plastic bags.
  • The North Pacific Garbage Patch, the largest of the five gyres, is twice the size of Texas and contains about 3.5 million tons of trash.
    Solution: Try a reusable insulated lunch sack made from recycled bottles!
  • Packaging accounts for nearly 32 percent of all household waste in the U.S.
    Solution: Try a reusable snack bag to eliminate single-serving packaging.
  • Americans discard 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.
    Solution: Try a reusable stainless steel bottle.
  • 40 billion plastic utensils are used every year in the U.S. 
    Solution: Try a reusable bamboo utensil.
  • Americans use 500 million plastic straws every day. Placed end to end, the number of disposable straws used in the U.S. in the past 4 days would reach the moon.
    Solution: Try a reusable stainless steel straw.
  • About 23 billion coated paper or Styrofoam cups end up in landfills every year. Placed end to end, they would circle the earth about 68 times.
    Solution: Try a reusable insulated stainless steel coffee cup.
  • Every year Americans throw away 100 billion plastic bags. The average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year, that’s more than 4 bags a day.
    Solution: Try a reusable market tote made from recycled cotton.

Visit our Waste-Free Challenge link if you’d like to participate in our school program to reduce waste and earn money for your school. We’re offering a school coupon code for 20% off! Please contact us with questions.


Chance and Lynn

Chance and Lynn

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