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It's in the bag

Original post made on Dec 8, 2007

Just before Halloween, three Addison Elementary School teachers helped students count plastic bags in lunchboxes and found an average of 25 per classroom. But by Wednesday that average had dropped to less than one, thanks to a student-led waste-reduction campaign, second-grade instructor Jackie Hurd said.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 7, 2007, 12:00 AM

Comments

Posted by mn, a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 8, 2007 at 11:44 am

I sympathize, but I re-use plastic bags to line garbage receptacles. Is it really a crime to not want to wash out garbage and trash pails/cans?


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 8, 2007 at 2:42 pm

I suppose after all the kids are at grade level with reading and math they need something to keep them occupied.


Posted by Parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 8, 2007 at 3:05 pm

I do the lost and found at one of the elementary schools. The cart has loads of re-usable sandwich containers, etc. which have not been taken home to re-use. Please check out the lost and found at schools to reclaim your lunch containers as well as your jackets, sweaters, etc.

Thank you.


Posted by plastics, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 8, 2007 at 7:29 pm

Kids should have as few plastics as possible in their lunchboxes. Plastics contain additives such as phthalates that are dangerous for their health (endocrine disruptors and/or carcinogens). Phthalates are actually banned in Europe but still common in plastic products in the US.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 9, 2007 at 8:02 am

When you consider the toll of unclean and spoiled food through the ages, you have to balance that against the questionable peril of plasticizers. As someone who has had his share of paper bags disintegrate in the rain, I say tht usefulness outweighs dangers. This is another Children's Crusade.