Do More. Waste Less.

Well, why not? It’s common sense in action!

Zero Waste is a facet of sustainability that is a powerful tool with endless opportunities to help schools to go green. The SEE Zero Waste approach to sustainability in the K-12 environment is “talk less and do more,” which plants the seeds of sustainability in our children’s minds.

By encouraging schools to teach beyond the textbook with hands-on waste stream management and creative problem-solving, SEE helps teachers and students use sustainability principles in the classroom and throughout the entire school building.

Daily practical applications of these principals guarantees that the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle” is no longer an abstract concept; it becomes an inherent part of our K-12 lives.

Did you know?

1. Each person in the United States makes 5lbs of waste per day; therefore a person makes approximately 1/3 lb of trash in their waking hours (15 hrs).

2. If a child spends 8 hours per day in school, he or she makes 2 2/3 lbs trash per day in school.

3. If a child spends 20 days per month in school, he or she makes 53 1/3 lbs trash per month.

4. If a child spends 9 months per year in school, he or she makes 480 lbs of trash per school year (September - May).

5. If there are 408 students in an average school, they make 98 tons of trash per school year (September - May).

Currently, in most schools, that trash goes directly into landfill.

SEE envisions a world where every trashcan is replaced with recycling and compost bins that encourage us to think before we toss and allows us to cycle materials back into the system.

SEE Zero Waste Philosophy

Zero Waste is one facet of sustainability and its philosophy is modeled after efficient closed loop ecological systems, which occur in nature. These systems are cyclical and function sustainably, while producing no waste.

Zero Waste follows this design set by nature in which every ‘waste’ is utilized as food or fuel for another process. Zero Waste strategies consider the entire life-cycle of a product; maximizing recycling, minimizing waste, reducing consumption and ensuring that products are made to be reused, repaired or recycled back into nature or the marketplace. 

Zero Waste Begins With Education

We integrate zero waste and sustainability education into K-12 classrooms to empower students and teachers with basic workable principles they can use to save both money and the Earth’s natural resources. Through simple, yet powerful methods, SEE shows students how to take the steps toward a Zero Waste school. When students see the success of their actions, they’re likely to apply these principles to their everyday lives, making sustainability and stewardship a lifelong process.

The Zero Waste approach is a bold vision that includes an end-goal, but is ultimately about changing our mindset and our habits in small ways that add up to a big difference every day.