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Ashley School is an Enviroschool

As an Enviroschool we here at Ashley School try to make our Carbon Footprint as small as possible. We are a Gladwrap free school and ask that Gladwrap not be used in packaging lunches as it is a very environmentally unfriendly product. We encourage wrap free lunches and lunchboxes that have small compartments in which food and snacks can be placed unwrapped. Please help us to help our environment!


The Enviro Gardening Group are preparing the garden to plant corn and sunflower seeds. (13 September 2017)


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Zero Waste at Ashley School

There are many enviro schools in New Zealand which have a Zero Waste policy and they have managed to eliminate all of these things from lunch boxes.

We know that we can do better by using lunch boxes with compartments, using reusable snap lock bags or containers, and

especially, by not buying the products which are in these packets.


Zero Waste News

As an Enviro School, Ashley School is dedicated to sustainability for the future citizens of New Zealand - our children, so we want to look after our environment by not littering.

A good way to do this is to have Zero Waste lunches.  

Some ways this can happen is to buy a large bag of potato chips and separate them into snap lock bags or containers.

Do you know that you actually get far more chips this way than in the more expensive mini packs?


During a clean-up along a road in England, these crisp packets were found that were 33 years old, which meant they had been thrown out of car windows some 1,716 weeks ago. These take hundreds of years to biodegrade.


We have been seeing a lot of Muesli bar wrappers and yoghurt pottles. Instead of buying separate more expensive yoghurt pottles,

you could make your own yoghurt or buy a large pack, and when you want it in your lunch put some into a container.


Compartment lunch boxes are useful so food does not touch another item. Children can have any food but make sure you have NO wrappers that cannot be reused or decomposed, as many of these take up to hundreds of years to decomplse.  Snap lock bags are a good option as they are reusable, and in fact you can wash them and use them the next day.  Containers are also a very good option as they are good for many purposes. 


We are the Zero Waste action group from Rakau, Kaitlyn, Keira and Nicole, and our job is to have our school moving towards being totally Zero Waste with school lunches.


This is rather difficult at the moment because many of our students arrive at school with items in their lunch boxes wrapped in Glad Wrap, or with things like potato chips or muesli bars, that are wrapped in cellophane.


We know this because we have begun doing spot checks some mornings, of student lunch boxes. Because we know that cellophane wrappers do not break down at all, we have decided that we want to get rid of them from our school lunches.


This is a really important part of our enviroschool status, where we need to think about acting sensibly and sustainably, trying not to add unnecessary waste to our school, or our environment.


In the last three weeks, when we visited each of the classrooms we found that there were many children who had cellophane wrapped food in their lunches. Here are the details of what we found so far. We are rather disappointed that there is no improvement in some classes - can you help us?


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Janaya Bain, Gemma Moloney, Georgia Page, Sasha Dickson, Jaya Faith, Megan and Keira



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Jemma, Georgia, Emily, Neve, Harri, Ra, Riley and Celeste.  This year the 2014 Clean Greenie teacher is Rochelle Standen

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