Students learn how their daily actions connect to an abstract and international issue: excessive waste.
Students collect what they would normally throw “away” (with exception to biodegradable, sanitary or hazardous waste) for one school week.
Students identify where their waste comes from and where it goes, list most commonly found items, and develop personalized and tangible solutions on how to reduce their waste.
An educational program by The 1to1 Movement, the AWAY Project is an opportunity for students to connect their daily actions to the effects of waste on the planet. On Monday, students learn about how excessive waste is affecting the environment, economy, and health of humans and wildlife. Each student receives a repurposed duffel bag as their portable waste receptacle for the rest of the week. Students collect anything they would normally throw away in a trash can or recycling bin (with exception to biodegradable, sanitary or hazardous waste) in their bag. On Friday, students empty their bags to identify where their trash came from and where it will ultimately go. Students report and record their findings and work in small groups to brainstorm and develop personal and tangible lifestyle solutions to reduce their use.
We lead this project in middle and high schools to challenge students to think differently about when you throw something “away” — what it is and where it goes. This project is near and dear to my heart because living by example teaches us more than any textbook can.
Director of Education