Part of the 2013 Unpackit Awards
Recycling centre Wanaka Wastebusters is running a $5,200 competition for schools and community groups as part of the 2013 Unpackit Awards. Wastebusters set up the Unpackit Awards in 2010, with financial support from the Waste Minimisation Fund, to find the country’s best and worst packaging from an environmental point of view. The Cash4Schools and Cash4Community competitions were added last year to encourage conversations about packaging on a community level. The winning school is the one who receives the most support from Unpackit voters.
Unpackit organiser Sophie Ward said there is a natural cross-over between the Unpackit Awards and schools. “I would say at least one-third of our Worst Packaging finalists in the last two years were items designed for packed lunches, resulting in more litter and rubbish at schools.” Many schools are introducing packaging-free lunches, but that means having to get parents on board. The Unpackit Awards are a fun way to get your community talking about how much packaging we really need, and how much ends up as rubbish.
Prizes: $1,500 for 1st, $750 for 2nd, and $350 for 3rd (same prizes for community groups)
How: The winner is the school which get the most support from Unpackit voters. Each voter can support one registered school or community group.
When: Voting for the Unpackit Awards and the Cash4Schools competition open 19th July and close 8thNov.
Registration: Schools can register anytime, email Sophie on firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.unpackit.org
Resources: The Unpackit team can provide support, information and resources for Enviroschools facilitators and teachers on packaging choices, packaging-free lunches and the Unpackit Awards.
The Environmental Committee from Wellington East Girls College who won the schools' competition last year, showing their examples of good packaging.