With 2020 quickly approaching, every blog, news article and school initiative we've been following seems to be focused on plastic. And more specifically... that we all use too much of it. Here at Red Rabbit, we are highly aware of the amount of single use plastic and aluminum that we (and our partners) are contributing to landfills and oceans, and we are constantly working to improve on our wasteful habits.
Two years ago, we launched an exciting initiative to offer reusable table wear to all of our schools. The following year, we transitioned some of our largest partners to reusable pans, to eliminate much of the daily packaging waste that is contributing to a disposable culture.
But we know we can do more with your help. Read on to see the top five ways you can help decrease the amount of plastic in your school - and how we are excited to partner with you in 2020 to create a more sustainable future.
1) Become a single use plastic free school
It’s that easy! Tell your parents that no plastic bags, plastic utensils or single use water bottles are allowed - and set up some reusable utensils for the kids to use instead. We love these reusable silicone bags - they’re expensive, but easily pay for themselves over time!
2) Watch this documentary
We are inspired by these incredible kids taking a stand about their future!
"Microplastic Madness is the story of 56 fifth graders from P.S. 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, - living on the frontline of the climate crisis- whose actions on plastic pollution morph into extraordinary leadership and scalable victories. With stop-motion animation, heartfelt kid commentary, and interviews of experts and renowned scientists who are engaged in the most cutting edge research on the harmful effects of microplastics, this alarming, yet charming narrative, conveys an urgent message in user-friendly terms."
Learn more here!
3) Switch to reusable plates
We would be thrilled to offer you a set of reusable dishware free of charge if you are willing to opt out of disposibles! Simply email help@myredrabbit and we will have then over to you in a jif!
4) Switch to reusable pans
We are thrilled to announce a 2020 initiative of a pilot program to switch all “large” containers over to reusable versions. In addition to being better for the environment, we have found them to have less spillage as well! An added bonus for doing right for the earth! These reusable pans would be picked up the next day to be cleaned, and we would have a new set for you each day. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to see if you qualify!
5) Do any small part
Why not serve your muffins on a napkin - or your fruit on a paper plate! We can even provide paper plates if you’d like to opt out of your plastic plates and bowls - let us know! Still distributing water bottles? Why not purchase a set of branded cups! Do you have other ideas? Leave them in the comments below!