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Make a Reusable Lunch Bag
Did you know that the average kid ages 8 to 12 throws away about 67 pounds of lunch waste each year? That’s about the same weight as an average eight-year-old boy! So before you chow down, make sure your lunch is garbage-free. By packing only what you can eat, reuse, or recycle, you will reduce the amount of waste you contribute to landfills. Start creating a waste-free lunch by ditching the brown paper bag and making your own reusable lunch bag.
You will need:
- a parent’s permission
- old pair of jeans
- needle and thread, or sewing machine
- ribbon or cord
- buttons, patches, or other items for decoration
What to do:
- Cut a 14- to 16-inch section from one of the pant legs.
- Fold a ½-inch strip around the top to create a place to string a cord. Sew it down, making sure to leave a small opening at both ends.
- Thread a 3-foot length of ribbon or cord through the opening at the top to make a drawstring.
- Cut an additional piece of fabric about 1 inch larger than the leg hole to create the bottom of the bag.
- Turn the fabric inside out and sew the two sections together at the bottom.
- Decorate the lunch bag with things from around your house, such as buttons and patches.