Lush highlighted Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch Challenge and our mission to inspire and empower kids to care for the environment. Thanks to their sponsorship, Grades of Green was able to help schools across southern California reduce their lunchtime waste by an average of 70%! Read the full story by clicking here, or you can view a PDF version here.

Interested in signing your school up for the Trash Free Lunch Challenge? Email us at or call our office at (310) 607-0175 for more information!

What’s better than fresh, handmade cosmetics? Fresh, handmade cosmetics that support grassroots causes for people, animals, and the environment! On Sunday, Grades of Green had a Charity Pot Fundraiser at Lush Cosmetics in the Del Amo Fashion Center. Customers had the opportunity to fill out Grades of Green pledge cards and made pledges to help the environment. From going vegan to reducing the use of straws, Grades of Green received pledges that help all areas of the environment. Customers also got to sample Lush’s Charity Pot body lotion which contains a hydrating cocoa butter base that leaves skin soft and hydrated. The best part? 100% of the Charity Pot price goes to organizations like Grades of Green! Want to make an environmental pledge of your own? Click here to register and unlock Grades of Green’s 40+ Activities for inspiration.

Spring 2017 Outreach Events Calendar:


Taste of Blue Zones @ Manhattan Beach Civic Plaza (Manhattan Beach)


LA Environmental Education Fair @ Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden (Arcadia)


Grades of Green Fundraiser @ Lush, Del Amo Fashion Center (Torrance)


Star Eco Station’s Children’s Earth Day @ Star Eco Station (Culver City)


LA County Sanitation District Earth Day @ LA County Sanitation District Main Office (Whittier)


Bixby Knolls Earth Day @ 3737 Long Beach Boulevard (Long Beach)


Manhattan Beach Earth Day @ Polliwog Park (Manhattan Beach)

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We are thrilled to publish and share the Grades of Green Trash Free Lunch Challenge – Final Report 2015-2016. After months of working hard to reduce lunchtime waste, the 2015-2016 Trash Free Lunch Challenge has educated and inspired over 14,500 students on how to reduce, reuse, recycle and rot (compost); saved schools over $13,000 by reducing trash bag liners used and waste hauler fees; and empowered participating schools to divert over 53,000 bags of trash, or 531 tons from landfills.  Thank you to our generous sponsors for your support, including the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, LUSH, Northrop Grumman, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don KanabeUKonserve, Johnson Ohana Foundation, Chevron, City of Santa Monica and Go Green Lunchboxes. Congratulations to the amazing schools who participated in the Challenge this year, we are so impressed with your programs and results! Interested in registering your school to compete in the 2016-2017 Trash Free Lunch Challenge? Registration is now open! Click here for more information and to join today!