How can a teen lose 67 pounds in one school year? Packing a waste-free lunch will do it. The thing is, those 67 pounds will be in the form of waste, not from around his waist. The average student’s school lunch generates that much waste each school year – mostly in food scraps and packaging.

This is one of the things a teen can learn in the book The Green Teen by MNN’s own family blogger Jenn Savedge. Her book is packed with tips that teens can easily do to green up the world that they inhabit. There are also a few more challenging actions (like starting a school recycling program) for those ready to take their environmentalism up a notch.

There are other tips for teens to green their school lunch experience in the “Green Your Lunch” section of the book. Starting an administrator approved “giveaway” table where kids can share their untouched, leftover food instead of throwing it in the trash is just one of them. Isn’t that a fabulous idea?

“Green Your Lunch” is just one chapter in the “Green Your School” section of the book. Other sections include “Green Yourself,” Green Your Home,” and “Green Your World.”

Jenn has done an impressive job creating a straightforward, well-organized reference book full of tips, resources and advice for eco-friendly teens. She not only explains the how’s of going green; she explains the why’s, too, and helps teen to understand the importance of the part they can play in caring for the planet. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

How a green teen can lose 67 pounds
MNN's family blogger Jenn Savedge has a new book out, 'The Green Teen,' with tips for eco-friendly teens that will help them lose a little waste.