Thanks to teacher-led grassroots effort, the Preschool is significantly reducing waste with the addition of reusable cups, bowls, and napkins at snack and meal times. The elimination of paper cups alone in all six classes is saving more than $2,000 per year (previously 24,000 cups and plates were purchased and used every year), and as Head of Preschool Maura Eden observed, “The impact is priceless.”
BFS Preschool colleagues were excited to hear about the BFS student involvement in the Global Youth Climate Strike and a larger initiative to bring the urgency of environmental awareness to the community. As Yellow Room teacher Zoe Goldberg Stewart shared, “We wanted to let the entire school know about our own choice in the Yellow Room – and all the preschool rooms – to significantly reduce our waste of paper and plastic products. We have committed to using reusable cups, bowls, plates, napkins and cutlery in our meal times. We have asked parents to no longer expect plastic cutlery, or paper cups served at lunch. We will speak to our class about how the world belongs to us, and how each small thing we do to care for it matters!”
Also in the Yellow Room, going greener has become a family affair. The mother of Katy Haralson, Associate Teacher, has custom-sewn cloth napkins for each of the children (which Katy and Zoe are laundering at home).
Thanks, Preschool Friends! Keep up the good work and modeling “Going Greener” to all in the BFS community.
Number of unused cups: 24,000
Savings: more than $2,000