plastic free actions for
High School Students
Start a #SkipTheStuff campaign
Easy Plastic Free Lunch actions
for every day!
NO PLASTIC ______ DAY!
Simplify the day with a focus on reducing just one kind of single-use plastic packaging, such as a:
- NO PLASTIC STRAW DAY (more ideas for reducing plastic straws ->)
- NO CONDIMENT PACKET DAY - ask your school food manager if they can serve condiments in refillable containers or dispensers.
We suggest always starting with a before survey (or audit).
Example: the steps for a "NO PLASTIC STRAW DAY":
- 1 - Set out a box and sign to collect all the plastic straws used ruing one lunch period or during all school lunch periods.
- 2 - Count the straws and photograph all the straws (lay them out on a dark background).
- 3 - Publicize the number of straws collected on that one day and the date of your NO PLASTIC STRAW DAY"
- 4 - On the day of the initiative, once again collect any plastic straws and photograph
- 5 - Make posters with the 'before" and "after" data and photos
- 6 - Interview students and staff to find out what others suggest to do next to reduce single-use plastics and other packaging.
BRING YOUR OWN ______ DAY!
lead a "TAKE ONLY WHAT YOU NEED Day"/ #SkipTheStuff
-Create a utensil/packet/straw "by request only" action; meet with your principal and school food manager to ask that these plastic items not be given out automatically.
- Make creative signs to encourage plastic waste reduction or use the flyer provided (above) and place near dispensers.
- Ask teachers to remind students just before lunch.
- Start a campaign.
- Make announcements!
- Lead a before count of plastic utensils thrown away on a single day, start your campaign, then do an after count. Compare and publicize results.
PROMOTE A REUSE CULTURE - EVERYDAY!
Ask your food service manager to:
- Offer plastic utensils by request only on days when pizza, burritos, and other hand-held foods are served. Salad bars can be stocked with cut vegetables.
- Serve all condiments and sauces in reusable dispensers or bottles.
- If your meals come packaged with the utensils, ask to try a new method of offering utensils.
- If your utensils and napkins come together in plastic wrap, ask for individual utensils and napkins!
"Thank your kitchen and custodial staff and school cafeteria aides!
- Hang up special "thank you' posters in the cafeteria with staff names.
- Encourage students to say "please" and "thank you" in the food line.
- Make a special "thank you" announcement at the end of the lunch period and invite kitchen and custodial staff to join you!
- Thank kitchen and custodial staff during school assemblies and recognize the work they do for the school community.
Showing gratitude supports positive change-making and builds community! For inspiration, show our video, "School Lunch in Japan- it's not just about eating" (34 million views on YouTube!)
More PLASTIC FREE ACTIONS for school & COmmunity!