Hello I'm Rian Hoyle from Edmonton, Canada and I'm sharing my journey of bringing a no garbage lunch to school everyday.
During a UNESCO conference at the end of April of 2018 I chose to make my individual action plan to remove waste from my school lunches which I have managed to keep going all the way up until now.
Ground rules- organic items don't count since they easily break down and compost, bottles don't count since the school collects them in blue bins, & all pre-packaged food I move from the package to a container since at home I can recycle majority of them.
May- At the beginning it was difficult as majority or snack foods come in a plastic wrapper; I replaced Ziploc bags with reusable containers and stayed away from pre-packaged food.
June- The action plan became increasingly easier and I was getting used to not going to the garbage can everyday; one challenge I faced was my lunches were getting increasingly smaller without having the available resources to bring multiple snacks; I often had waste from fruits or vegetables but I would take it home to compost it.
July & August- summer break.
September- I bought a bento box over the summer which allows me to have five different things in one container; now I have a healthy lunch everyday and am not throwing anything away; the action plan is very easy now and I'm glad I chose to do it.
October- I feel much healthier and am enjoying lunch much more, there is absolutely no extra hassle to use no garbage. My garbage production is so low now, I throw very little away because all my possible lunch trash is recycled at home. I highly recommend giving this a chance.
I thought I was taking on a huge task but the longer it has progressed the easier and more rewarding it has become.
This has been a brief overview of my journey so far, please feel free to ask questions and I hope some of you decide to go no garbage too!