|Lunch waste from Mamquam Elementary|
|what 1 tonne of waste looks like|
Some really interesting conversations came up when students were asked the question "why do we have so much stuff?" A student in Mr. Lane's class said "because you buy one thing, then something similar but better comes out, and then you have to buy this." Students in Ms. Hardy's class shared similar thoughts giving the example of video game systems that wont play new games, and that feeling of "I just have to have it" drives them to buy more stuff. Students were interested to learn that people who make stuff use this "I just have to have it" feeling to sell more stuff. The term for this marketing strategy is planned obsolescence. The next time they feel that "I just have to have it" feeling, students were encouraged to think about the waste involved in the production, and packaging of stuff, the landfill space that their old stuff will take up, and ask themselves "do I really need it?"
- getting their snacks from the bulk bins to avoid single use packaging
- remembering their re-usable drink containers to avoid juice boxes and straws
- taking their stickers off of their organics before composting
- and reducing their waste at school, home, and in their communities