Environment Matters Autumn/Winter 2023


Bringing new ideas to the classroom Professional Development sessions are now on offer for Ipswich teachers. A range of topics related to the environment and sustainability will be on offer. The sessions are held at Queens Park Environmental Education Centre and are free to attend. To stay up to date with events, click ‘follow’ at Ipswichcitycouncil.eventbrite.com You can also contact the team at enviroed@ipswich.qld.gov.au

Challenge your school to litter-free lunch Much of the rubbish we send to landfill comes from the packaging on the food we buy. It’s been estimated an average student using a disposable lunch generates three pieces of litter per day. This equals 30kg of waste per year. For a school of 500 students this works out to be 15 tonnes of waste produced each year from lunchboxes alone! Maybe your school can hold a ‘litter-free lunch day’ and see how much packaging you can save from going to landfill.

YOUR CHALLENGE: Make your lunch box litter free TIP 1: Make a tray of muffins and keep them frozen. Put one in your lunchbox each morning – it will thaw by lunch time. TIP 2: Try reusable sandwich wraps or containers as a quick way to keep sandwiches fresh. TIP 3: Buy healthy snack foods in bulk and use small airtight containers to portion for lunchboxes. TIP 4: Like yoghurt? Buy a bigger container and put into reusable food pouches.


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