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Greening up lunch

My daughter takes her lunch to school every day. This makes for a healthier lunch for her, but it also creates a lot of trash, from juice pouches to plastic sandwich bags.

In past years, she's taken juice in a plastic, reusable juice box that she brought home and we washed. But, apparently that's not the cool thing to do in the third grade, at least not where we live. So, she begged to take another type of drink. I'm sure her first choice was a soft drink, but we vetoed that. Juice boxes and pouches are acceptable from her point of view, but I cringed at the amount of trash we were producing.

Recently, I found Honest Kids Drinks with information on the box about earning money for schools by recycling the pouches. When I went to the TerraCycle Web site, I found out they also donate money to schools for CapriSun pouches, too. And, CapriSun has 100% juice drinks, so that's good, too.

TerraCycle not only donates 2 cents for every pouch collected, but the company takes the empty juice pouches and make purses, backpacks, messenger bags, etc., which they sell on their Web site. I like supporting a company like that.

Now, if I could just get my little girl to remember to bring home her juice pouches!

If you'd rather make the purse yourself, try these directions at Henrietta's Handbags and Purse Patterns. I mentioned the Web site last year in a blog entry about making a purse from magazine pages.

3 comments:

Pattie Cordova said...

great idea! My babe is just a toddler but I'll be thinking about this soon...

glentwistle said...

Can't wait to pass on to my daughter for the grandson. Thanks for a great post.

Anonymous said...

I like to think of myself as a environmentally conscios individual. I drive my husband crazy with recycling but he's the one that sent me the website. Apparently change is possible. I have a suggesstion for the terracycle people. It took me 3 days to sign up. Why can't recycling bags be sent to residential addresses? Why do you need a tax ID. Can't that info be gathered later? More people might get involved if it was easier to sign up.

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