RUBBISH FREE LUNCH IDEAS

3 EASY STEPS TO A RUBBISH FREE LUNCH

1. Use safe reusable food and drink containers.

Ensure you have a range of different sizes including some that are airtight for items like yoghurt or fruit salads. Stainless steel containers are a great option for many reasons, they won’t leach toxins into your children’s food, they chill quickly in an insulated lunch bag and stay chilled, and you can draw a picture on them or put a reusable cling sticker on them to make the containers fun for your kids. If you choose to use plastic containers, ensure they are BPA free.

2. Purchase items in bulk and save money $$$$$$$.

Instead of buying the 6 pack of yoghurts with Dora/The Wiggles, purchase a 500g/1kg tub of yoghurt and put individual portions in a liquid-tight container. Buy the 1kg tub instead of the individual tubs and save $12.54 and 11 non-recyclable packages! Less money and less waste! Other items suitable for bulk purchase include dried fruit, biscuits and cheese, popcorn, chips, seeds.

3. Make your own lunch items.

Homemade items that feature well in a rubbish free lunch include homemade fruit bars and muesli slice, pieces of fruit or a fresh fruit salad, vegetable sticks with homemade dip, a sandwich or a wrap, fresh popcorn, homemade muffins and mini quiches just to name a few. By making your own lunch items, you can then purchase the raw ingredients in bulk too – like 5kg of flour in a calico sack instead of 1kg in plastic or paper packaging. And an added bonus of making your own things…its healthier for your kids as there are no preservatives, flavours or colours…just good old fashioned raw ingredients…imagine that!

Greenfinger Gardening Gnomes at MWPS

Gardening Duty by 6B

On the 21st of February, our class, 6B, spent our last hour doing Garden Duty. Together we worked the hour away, sweeping sand back into the sandpit and shovelling mulch into the gardens. We worked extremely hard and had a fantastic result – the sandpit looked much neater and the gardens’ plants will benefit from the mulch. We also had a lot of fun doing it! The work we did was productive and we were proud of our teamwork.

                           

1 2 3

5A and 6E Buddy Up To Do Some Gardening!

IMG_4032Keep gardening because it helps the earth and it is quite fun too! Neha 5A

 

boysGardening helps nature and without tress we wouldn’t be able to live. Senuka 6E

I really liked using the wheelbarrows and wheeling the mulch into the gardens. Yash 6E

IMG_4030 Spreading the mulch was fun because we got to be outside and make the gardens look better. Melinda 5A

thomas Weeds are so careless that they can never grow in a straight row. Thomas 6E

 

girlsI liked being in the garden with my friend Maddy and helping the school look good. Jessica 5A

 

lucaGet gardening Australia! Luca 5A

I liked gardening because it’s good to be outside. Dulith 5A

IMG_4033  I loved doing this because it is good for the environment and it is helping our school to look better. Matthew 5A

RUBBISH FREE LUNCH WINNERS T1 Week 4

Rubbish Free Lunch Day Winners Week 4 Term 1

Congratulations to our winning classes for last week’s Rubbish Free Lunch Day. The winning prep class was PC with 83% rubbish free lunches in their class. The winning junior school classes were 1B and 2B with 86% rubbish free lunches in their class. The winning middle school class was 3A with 96% rubbish free lunches in their class. The winning senior class was 6C with 96% rubbish free lunches in their class.  Our winning classes are rewarded with 15 minutes extra recess! Congratulations!

CLASS

SCORE

CLASS

SCORE

CLASS

SCORE

CLASS

SCORE

PA

82%

1E

No result

3C

91%

5B

82%

PB

79%

2A

82%

3D

73%

5C

66%

PC

83%

2B

86%

3/4Y

76%

5D

79%

PD

72%

2C

30%

4A

57%

6A

No result

1A

77%

2D

No result

4B

76%

6B

78%

1B

86%

2E

No result

4C

75%

6C

96%

1C

No result

3A

96%

4D

80%

6D

No result

1D

75%

3B

91%

5A

91%

6E

80%

 

CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY

CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY  

 

Sunday (March 2nd) is Clean Up Australia Day. This event is held every year around Australia and tonnes of rubbish is collected and disposed of by volunteers. Mount Waverley PS will participate again this year for the 11th year, in this program as we aim towards being an environmentally friendly, waste-wise school and community. We will be cleaning the school on FRIDAY 28th FEBRUARY as part of our contribution towards cleaning up Australia. All of the children will be involved and we ask that the children bring some old kitchen gloves to wear or a small plastic bag to wear over their hands. Children are also asked to bring a plastic bag for collecting the rubbish, which will be disposed of by Monash City Council. Thank you for your support.

If you would like to participate in Clean Up Australia Day in your local community, register your interest and find a clean up site at the flowing web address: http://www.cleanup.org.au/

 Special Thanks to Monash Council for collecting our rubbish each year!

 

 

CHRIS JORDAN: ARTIST AGAINST WASTE

CHRIS JORDAN: ARTIST AGAINST WASTE

Chris Jordan is an internationally famous artist and cultural activist based in Seattle. His work explores mass consumerism and waste and how it can be represented as art. He uses a snapshot of waste created over a period of time to show how humans are creating a huge problem for the planet and all the creatures on it, including ourselves. His work asks us to consider our own roles in becoming more conscious protectors of our complex and endangered world. Chris Jordan’s works are exhibited and published worldwide. His website is www.chrisjordan.com

Chris Jordan is currently working on a movie entitled Midway which looks at how the plastics that we throw away are ending up in the oceans and in turn the albatrosses are feeding on them. The albatrosses then feed this plastic to their babies and the babies then die. It will be out later this year but you can view the trailer here:

Check out this video of his work with school children at Melbourne’s Federation Square!

 

Local schoolchildren have pitched in to help internationally-renowned artist  Chris Jordan construct a message about e-waste at Federation Square in  Melbourne.

About 7000 smashed, water-damaged and otherwise old and unloved mobile phones  have been brought together to raise awareness about the growing mountain of  electronic waste Australians are keeping in their homes.

“It was really fun,” says Jordan. “We were like dumping boxes of cell phones  on the ground and it was like pouring paint onto a canvas.”

It took Jordan and a dozen year nine students about four hours to construct  one phone from thousands of others, the installation attracting scores of  interested onlookers who snapped pics with their phones.


“There are a lot of rare materials that are in these phones, like gold and  silver,” he says, “and if they can capture that then it doesn’t have to be mined  out of the ground again.”

The work was commissioned by MobileMuster and the Sustainable Living  Foundation, who’ve installed bins to collect retired and unwanted phones.

There are an estimated 23 million mobiles in need of recycling across  Australia. Tap the videos above to meet Chris Jordan and see his latest  creation, then learn more about where you can recycle your old phone at

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/thousands-of-mobile-phones-as-ecoart-20140213-32mgs.html#ixzz2teAIWtgG

 

cj talk Speaking to us about his artwork

face Amongst the plastic bottles that he used for his artwork.

mobile phones Mobile phones for recycling

plastic cups This is how many plastic cups are used on American airline flights in just 6 hours!

the great wave This picture of the great wave was made from plastic that was collected from beaches.

great wave close up This is a close up of the plastic collected from the beaches.

great wave closer An even closer look.poptech-chris-jordan-plastic-bottles-all This was one days use of plastic bottles in the USA.

seurrat This Seurat painting was made from aluminium cans.It shows 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.

 

SUSTAINABLE LIVING FESTIVAL 2014

SUSTAINABLE LIVING FESTIVAL February 14th, 2014.

Environment Team Captains’ Speech at Assembly on Monday 17th February, 2014:

On Friday, 14th February, the Year 6 Environment Team went to the Sustainable Living Festival in Federation Square. We first listened to Chris Jordan speak. Chris Jordan is a photographer from Seattle in the U.S.A. He takes data and turns it into photos of waste used over a period of time. He told us that such small things like not buying bottled water can help to save the world. Next we got to do a Mobile Muster workshop, where they told us about all the different parts and how to pull apart a mobile phone by ourselves. There is a container at the Community Recycling Station in the Office where you can place your old mobile phones. Overall, we had a great day learning about how we can make a difference in the world and we got to take home a little veggie seedling as a gift.

Aaran P and Harry J

Environment Team Captains

IMG_4047 Flinders St StationIMG_4054 With Chris Jordan after his speech. You can see his artwork at www.chrisjordan.com IMG_4059 All of the food at the festival came on plates that were reusable.IMG_4060 100% frozen fruit icy poles

IMG_4064 an idea for our next Royal Melbourne Show entry perhaps?IMG_4067 We sponsor Monti the Orang-utan through these peopleIMG_4069 Looking at all the stalls at the festival

IMG_4070 We are friends of the Leadbeater’s Possum

IMG_4073 Spiros taught us about the importance of recycling mobile phonesIMG_4077 And we got to pull them apart and find all of the recyclable partsIMG_4081 IMG_4082 IMG_4087 IMG_4095 We ate our pure mango icy poles on the way home

IMG_4098 Relaxing on the trainIMG_4101 IMG_4103 And a little veggie seedling as a souvenir of the day

 

 

Rubbish Free Lunch Winners Term 1 Week 3

Rubbish Free Lunch Winners Term 1 Week 3

Congratulations to our winning classes for last week’s Rubbish Free Lunch Day. The winning prep class was PA with 81% rubbish free lunches in their class. The winning junior school class was 2A with 91% rubbish free lunches in their class. The winning middle school class was 3C with 87% rubbish free lunches in their class. The winning senior class was 5D with 88% rubbish free lunches in their class.  Our winning classes are rewarded with 15 minutes extra recess! Congratulations!

CLASS

SCORE

CLASS

SCORE

CLASS

SCORE

CLASS

SCORE

PA

81%

1E

No result

3C

87%

5B

73%

PB

68%

2A

91%

3D

No result

5C

No result

PC

66%

2B

86%

3/4Y

60%

5D

88%

PD

73%

2C

73%

4A

69%

6A

No result

1A

86%

2D

81%

4B

76%

6B

82%

1B

90%

2E

No result

4C

70%

6C

83%

1C

No result

3A

80%

4D

No result

6D

No result

1D

No result

3B

86%

5A

82%

6E

78%

 

Rubbish Free Lunch Winners Term 1 Week 2

Rubbish Free Lunch Winners Term 1 Week 2

Congratulations to our winning classes for last week’s Rubbish Free Lunch Day. The winning prep class was PC with 87% rubbish free lunches in their class. The winning junior school class was 2D with 85% rubbish free lunches in their class. The winning middle school class was 3C with 95% rubbish free lunches in their class. The winning senior class was 6B with 91% rubbish free lunches in their class.  Our winning classes are rewarded with 15 minutes extra recess! Congratulations!

CLASS

SCORE

CLASS

SCORE

CLASS

SCORE

CLASS

SCORE

PA

79%

1E

No result

3C

95%

5B

75%

PB

No result

2A

80%

3D

91%

5C

69%

PC

87%

2B

65%

3/4Y

84%

5D

75%

PD

59%

2C

73%

4A

70%

6A

No result

1A

76%

2D

85%

4B

73%

6B

91%

1B

No result

2E

45%

4C

66%

6C

79%

1C

65%

3A

76%

4D

60%

6D

No result

1D

72%

3B

66%

5A

83%

6E

80%

 

WELCOME TO 2014

 Welcome to 2014

Welcome back to the MWPS Sustainability Blog. This is a place where you can keep yourself up to date with the latest environmental news, issues, posts and competitions. You will find the weekly Rubbish Free Lunch Winners, photos from our excursions, posts from staff and students, news about the environment, our sponsored animals, answers to frequently asked questions and LOTS LOTS MORE!!!!

Check here regularly to keep yourself UP TO DATE!

Loretta Leary (Environment Co-ordinator)

HarryHarry J and AaranAaran P (Environment Team Captains)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrancis T. Dragon (Eco Dragon Extraordinaire)

earnestEarnest Eco-Earth (MWPS Eco Mascot)