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Green Tips

Green Tip #43
Pack an Eco-Friendly Lunch

Make an eco-lunch. Many parents rely on single-use plastic bags or single-serving items that come in their own disposable package when packing lunches. They’re convenient but at what cost?

Much of the trash generated in our homes comes from the packaging on the food we buy. According to, each school-age child who packs a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of waste per school year. Here are some guidelines for packing a waste free lunch:


Instead of:

Aluminum foil and plastic baggies
Paper napkins
Plastic utensils
Juice boxes
Paper lunch bags


Reusable containers for sandwiches & sides
Cloth napkins
Reusable silverware
Refillable drink containers
Reusable lunchbox, tote bag, or cooler


Today's Sunrise Sunset in Decatur, IL:
    Sunrise is at: 5:27 AM
    Sunset is at: 8:27 PM

What can you do at the Nature Center?

Visit Our Conservation Areas

Rock Springs Conservation Area
Friends Creek Conservation Area
Sand Creek Conservation Area
Griswold Conservation Area
Fort Daniel Conservation Area



The Macon County Conservation District invites you to visit the many natural areas in Macon County, Illinois, including Rock Springs Nature Center, which offers nature programs, special activities, nature hikes, summer camps, music programs, conference rooms for all ages throughout the year in Decatur, Illinois.
Macon County Conservation District
3939 Nearing Lane
Decatur, IL 62521
(217) 423-7708

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