I found the following very inspiring…it is a zero-waste lunch success story from May Silveira Elementary School in San Rafael, CA. Might be a good thing for Mar Vista to try? Via wastefreelunches.org
The Great Waste-Free Lunch Challenge
The first graders in Miss Goldfien’s class tried to bring a waste-free lunch for a week, from March 5-9, 2001. A waste-free lunch is a lunch with no garbage in it. That means you do not have any things that can’t be recycled, but you can have aluminum cans, paper bags, or plastic water bottles.
Some of us thought it was hard to bring a waste-free lunch–especially when we bought a hot lunch from the cafe. Some of us thought it was easy. We put our sandwiches, fruit, and chips in containers. We brought drinks in a thermos or water bottle. We even brought a cloth napkin and our own silverware!
Many of us in Miss Goldfien’s class bring a waste-free lunch almost every day now. We wanted the other kids to see that we could make less garbage. We think it worked, too. Since the week we did it, we have seen a lot more kids bringing waste-free lunches!!!!