As schools across the nation are experimenting with sustainability measures such as green energy and paperless curriculum, they are often overlooking the escalating issue of waste in the cafeteria. NBC states that the average grade school student produces 45-90 pounds of garbage in cafeterias during lunch yearly and a large facet of this waste is single-use tableware and cutlery.
The benefits of school meals is important to the health and success of children but has rendered opposite effects for the environment which has endured vast amounts of harmful plastics waste. According to the School Nutrition Association, in public schools across the US, forty-six million meals (thirty million lunches and sixteen million breakfasts) are served up daily and are consumed with single-use cutlery and tableware predominantly made from basic plastic. After they are quickly used, most plastic items are disposed of in the trash and sent to a landfill where they will sit for 500-1000 years.
Replacing single-use cutlery and tableware with eco-conscious alternatives in public schools exclusively has the potential to render large effects to nationwide waste as, according to the USDA five billion meals are served yearly and most of them with these wasteful materials. When viewing these numbers, it is increasingly evident that school cafeterias should be made a larger priority in public school sustainability efforts. This movement within schools is likely to be initiated by eco-conscious grade school students around the nation, driven by an innate drive to save the environment, and are engaging their parents who play a vital role in ensuring their children are producing minimal waste while eating away from home.
Substituting conventional, harmful, basic plastics with eco-friendly alternatives such as Transitions2earth compostable, biodegradable or upcycled products will benefit sustainability efforts and reduce the impacts of waste in the cafeteria while not compromising quality and increasing costs. Transitions2earth products continually outperform their conventional counterparts due to their superior durability because of increased weight and strength. Additionally, Transitions2earth products are uniformly BPA-Free and are made from FDA certified food grade ingredients that do not contain any harmful BPA chemical. Transitions2earth provides a safe, eco-friendly product perfect for use in school cafeteria or anywhere the product is used by children.