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Pack A Waste-Free Lunch

Waste-Free Lunch Poster
Get Parents Involved
Share Your Success!

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Waste-Free Lunch Poster

Learn how to be waste-free! EPA developed the Waste-Free Lunch poster to help students learn how to reduce, reuse, and recycle items in their school lunches. The poster can be displayed in your classroom and throughout your school. Use the poster to get your students interested in waste-free lunches and to learn how to organize a Waste-Free Lunch Day.

Download the poster (PDF) (2 pp, 1.7MB, about PDF) or request a copy of Pack A Waste-Free Lunch (EPA-530-H-05-002).

Poster Activities

The back of the poster has activities for your students. These activities are available individually in PDFs below:

Get Parents Involved!

Parent involvement in planning and packing a waste-free lunch is very important. Below is a sample letter that you can send home to parents to help them shop for waste-free items and help their kids pack waste-free lunches.

Sample letter to parents
Writeable PDF file (1 pg, 31K, about PDF) Use this format if you just want to fill basic information on your school’s Waste-Free Lunch Day.

Share Your Success!

Help others join the waste-free lunch craze by sharing your success story. E-mail EPA your story and pictures from your Waste-Free Lunch Day. In your email, include your name, your school’s name, an explanation of what you did to make your Waste-Free Lunch Day a success, and any photos you would like posted on the EPA website. Photos should be at least 5 inches by 7 inches and 72 dots per inch. You will need to get written permission from parents as well as your school principal before submitting photos to be posted on the EPA Web site.


For more information on waste-free lunches, check out the following resources:

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Tips to reduce waste

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Tips to reduce waste
  • Use products made with recycled materials
  • Use energy-efficient light bulbs and rechargeable batteries
  • Shop with cloth bags
  • Reuse plastic bags, cups, containers, etc.
  • Repair items instead of throwing them away.
  • Compost your food and yard waste.

Learn more about reducing, reusing, and recycling.

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