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Monthly Archives: November 2012

Principal for the Day!

On October 11th, Christine, (the Founder of Waste Less Living, Inc.), was invited to be “principal for the day” at Hamilton Elementary School. From 8:30am-11:30am, she shadowed the principal while she went about her duties. As an added bonus, Christine found herself sharing the day with Congresswoman Judy Chu in recognition of the school reaching an API score over 900! It was an opportunity for Christine to get some insight into how public schools are doing.

After the experience, Christine was thoroughly impressed with not only the dynamic leadership of Principal Weissenberger but also with ability of its teachers to engage their students and manage the classroom. It was evident that Hamilton School’s API success story was attributable to a strong and balanced working relationship between the principal, the teachers, parents, support staff and engaged parents. Congratulations Hamilton School!


(Above, From Left to Right): Christine Lenches-Hinkel, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Principal Francis Weissenberger

Christine addressing 5th grade class

Waste Less Living Reflects on Food: Shopping Habits

The ‘Waste Less’ mindset can follow you everywhere! It can be awkward to make non-standard requests at the grocery store. The challenge is to overlook the glares that you might get when you request that your sandwich be packaged in butcher paper versus a to-go container.

But consider this: you may very well be invoking curiosity that prompts people to ask “Why?” and establishes a dialogue that builds relationships. It can even educate those who may be eavesdropping on your conversation! Here are other ways to engage ‘waste less’ practices outside of your home:

  • Bring your own reusable mug for drinks such as coffee, tea and other beverages
  • Instead of purchasing pre-packaged meats and cheeses, ask the butcher for pre-measured amounts of meat, cheese, fish, etc. and request that they be wrapped in butcher paper, which is compostable!