Looking for new school fundraiser ideas that can raise money AND be good for the planet? Then try the Back2Tap Water Bottle or Litter-less Lunch Fundraisers to help reduce the amount of disposable plastic used while raising money for your school!
So, how does it work?
The first step in a successful eco-friendly fundraiser is education. Once the kids are aware of the environmental facts, they will be even more inclined to change their behavior. The sheer numbers are staggering. In 2007, Americans drank an average 218 bottles of water each for a total of 66 billion bottles. Of that total, only 23% was recycled which means roughly 50 billion plastic water bottles ended up in U.S. landfills – that’s 140 million every day! That’s enough bottles, laid end to end, to reach from NJ to China and back every day. In addition to the plastic bottles, over 380 billion plastic bags are consumed in the U.S. each year and less than 3% are recycled. Recycling is good, but not enough. Reusable is the better solution!
So what’s the problem with plastics anyway? First of all, it takes over 700 years for plastic to decompose so plastic pollution is a world-wide problem. There is a growing “garbage patch” of plastic estimated to be more than twice the size of Texas floating in the North Pacific Ocean that is negatively impacting ecosystems and wildlife. Also, the production and distribution of disposable plastic water bottles uses unnecessary amounts of water and oil, both of which are finite natural resource. It takes THREE bottles of water and ½ cup of oil to make and ship ONE disposable bottle of water. Currently, the amount of oil we use to produce water bottles each year (17 million barrels) could fuel over one million cars for an entire year!
Now the solution! Schools can offer Back2Tap reusable bottles, customized with their school logo, in a 12oz lunchbox size, 18oz everyday size and 27oz sports size. The bottles are made of food grade stainless steel, which is BPA free and doesn’t leach any harmful chemicals and have wide, smooth necks to be able to easily put in ice and keep the bottles clean. Plus the kids love their school logo on the bottle! Back2Tap also offers Wrap-n-mat sandwich wraps and snackTAXI snack pouches for a completely litter-free lunch solution.
And to make your fundraiser most successful, try to tie it in with a school event such as Back2School, Spirit Wear, Holiday Boutiques or Earth Day. Once the kids see the bottles with their logos and the fun patterns on the sandwich wraps and snack taxis, they’re sure to want to be part of the “move to reuse”. Litter-free lunch fundraisers are definitely one of the hottest new school fundraiser ideas of the year!
And just how much money can a school make? Most schools can earn about $4.00 per bottle and $2.00 per sandwich wrap or snack pouch. So, for example, if a school of 500 kids sells 250 Litter-free lunch kits, they would earn about $1,500! And what some schools have been doing to really go “bottle-free” is to use the money raised from the fundraiser to buy a bottle-less water cooler. That way the kids can fill up their new Back2Tap bottles with cold, filtered tap water. A truly eco-friendly program!
Now is the time to start reducing the amount of disposable plastic your school generates while raising money for your school. One of the great new school fundraiser ideas that is a real “win-win” – for your school and the planet!