The Earth Day Groceries Project

Sorry that I’ve been MIA. I have only a one word excuse – TAXES. Technically that would be DARN TAXES. I’ve been seriously considering moving out of the country. But, I digress. In other April news, Earth Day is coming up fast but there’s still time to jump on board with one awesome Earth Day event; the Earth Day Groceries Project.

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Bags from the Kids Care Club at Challenge Charter School in Glendale, AZ

The Earth Day Groceries Project is always a super fun event and a great simple project that allows kids to directly get involved with Earth Day and make a difference.

The Earth Day Groceries Project is an easy, 100% free environmental awareness project that partners youth with local grocers to help spread important messages related to Earth Day. To participate, teachers or parents simply borrow paper grocery bags from a local grocery store. Kids can then decorate the bags with environmental messages about reuse, recycling, wildlife or whatever other Earth Day message suits them. Then kids return the bags to the grocery store, and on Earth Day customers receive their groceries— along with the message that kids care about our environment— in the decorated bags.

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Bag from Chapman Hill Elementary in Salem, OR

How to get involved:

If you’d like to participate Earth Day Groceries Project offers these four simple steps to getting started:

1. Borrow Paper Bags. Contact a local grocery store that uses paper grocery bags. See if the manager will let you “borrow” enough bags so that each student in your school can decorate one. Let the manager know about the project and its environmental education message, of course!

2. Decorate Paper Bags. Have students decorate the bags with the name of their school, friendly environmental messages, pictures of the earth, or a favorite natural resource. Make them into works of art!

3. Deliver Paper Bags. Before Earth Day (April 22) return the decorated bags to your grocery store (with many thanks to the manager!). On Earth Day, shoppers receive their groceries–along with the message that kids care about our environment– in the decorated bags.

4. Report Your Participation. Log on to the project’s website and fill out the short report form, so your bags will count toward the international tally. Each school’s report will be automatically included in a Random Drawing for a free Prize Package for your school and students.

What you get (besides a happy fuzzy warm feeling):

“You can download a Certificate of Participation after registering your report. Your groups’ report and photos will be featured on the site, and your bags will be added to this year’s national tally. If you contact your local media, you may get some press coverage too. And don’t forget the reward of being part of an international effort to promote environmental awareness!”

You don’t have to be a school to participate. Many schools do participate each year from elementary to middle schools, but any gathered kiddos will do – the more the better. Homeschoolers, unschoolers, church groups, day care centers, 4H clubs, girl scouts, playgroups or neighborhoods could try this event as well. Basically, if you have a pack of kids, you’re good to go.

Hopefully one day we won’t even need the Earth Day Groceries Project; hopefully one day everyone will use reusable bags and everyone will care about the planet without being urged by kids, but until then this is a excellent opportunity for kids to participate in a killer creative Earth Day event.

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  1. Jennifer says

    I know! I wonder though if it’ll go on much longer with bags on the way out. It’d be nice if we couldn’t have it because everyone used reusable bags but then it’d be the loss of a really adorable project. I suppose it’s a toss up.

  2. Peggy says

    That’s true. I think disposable grocery bags will be a rarely used item within this decade.

    You know something I thought was weird. A lady at the grocery store in front of me a few weeks ago asked for several extra paper grocery bags. She just kept saying, “These are so good for my recycling.” That’s strange to me, using disposable bags to sort recycling!

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