Design School Lunch Healthy Plastic Free

Children and schools across Wrexham – listen up – can you design a school packed lunch that’s healthy and doesn’t involve any single-use plastics?

Our Healthy Schools Team and our Recycling Team, in partnership with the Caia Park Health Team and Wrexham Dietetic Department, have a great competition for you to get involved in…

The competition theme is ‘eat a rainbow’, so we want you to be creative and colourful when designing the lunch, but it’s very important to keep it healthy and plastic-free.

Entries must be no bigger than A4 size and can include drawings, photos and descriptions. Please include what you’d store, wrap and transport your lunch in too!


Also, use all food groups from the eatwell guide, try to focus on low sugar and salt foods, include at least one portion of fruit and vegetables, and a drink of milk or water must be included as well.

Categories are Reception-Year 2 and Year 3-Year 6. Be fun, imaginative, healthy and tasty 🙂

Entry details can be found further down.

“I can’t wait to see some of the designs”

Lunchtime is a very important part of the day, and now more than ever it’s important to be aware of what we’re eating and the packaging we’re throwing away.

Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport said: “I’ve stressed many times the importance young people and their schools have in helping us to reach our recycling targets, so it’s great to hear about this competition that encourages children to design healthy and plastic-free lunches.

“Our school catering service has made a number of positive changes such as replacing plastic forks with wooden ones that can be recycled as food waste and the children having been getting involved in recycling too.

“A lot of the time, it’s the children educating their parents about these things, which is great…I can’t wait to see some of the designs.”

Please send your entries to:

Lunchbox Competition,
Healthy Schools, Unit 21,
Whitegate Industrial Estate,
LL13 8UG

The deadline for entries is noon on Friday, June 14.

Please state on each entry your name, year group and school 🙂

And remember, the categories are Reception-Year 2 and Year 3-Year 6.

There will be one winner from each category and the winners will receive prizes delivered to their schools. All winners and runner-ups will get certificates too and their posters will be displayed throughout Wrexham schools and included in leaflets.

What are single-use plastics?

Single-use plastics the hard-to-recycle stuff that tends to get used once, and then thrown away.

A great example of what might happen to plastics that aren’t recycled is shown in this video by Keep Britain Tidy of a poem by Steve Backshall, called Jemima Glitter and the voyage of Bob the Bottle.

Want to learn more about single-use plastics? Take our quiz and see how you get on.

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