Garbology 101 Themes

Garbology 101 is divided into 6 different themes, each providing a unique perspective on the generation and responsible management of waste. These themes work as lenses through which students can critically and holistically analyse the issue of waste. Click an icon below to know more.

Focuses on all the different types of waste, the waste hierarchy, responsible management of waste, and the relationship between waste and the environment.
Resource Conservation
Highlights the link between the things we use and throw away every day, and the natural resources needed to make them.
Avoidance & Reduction
Focuses on the most environmentally friendly practices you can implement every day to avoid and reduce waste.
Conscious Consumerism
Aims to teach children about the importance of thinking before buying, while understanding that everything you buy has an impact on the environment.
Systems Change
Focuses on the entire waste system (from extraction to disposal) and aims to empower children to take action and change the system where needed.
Whole School Activity
Brings the whole school together with fun and innovative activities to motivate action and change the world.



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‘A dream come true for any educationist – high quality content, beautifully crafted with skills of research, critical analysis and reflections embedded in the programme, easy to pick up and start… the joy in this journey of learning is immediate… Keeps you inspired till the very end… Truly a valuable piece of Art!’ – Nirmala Raja, Correspondent, Arsha Vidya Mandir School, Chennai

‘As an environmental educator in rural schools, this toolkit has helped me to integrate waste management into our sustainable school programme.  The activity-based curriculum gives me the freedom to tailor the programme to student’s interest.  Children really like the range of activities, games and puzzles.  The programme helps to connect their own behaviour to larger issues like climate change, pollution and health impacts.  The children from these schools often come from a farming background and appreciate protecting the environment and managing waste sustainably.  It gets children to think about their own waste management problems and innovative ways to solve them.’ – Lourde Nadil Epinal, M. A., M.Sc., M. Phil Environment Education Coordinator, Pitchandikulam Bio Resource Centre, Auroville

‘The most transformative aspect of WasteLess is the Garbology curriculum that I use in my fourth standard course. The programme is ingenious: it includes such rich lessons and activities that serve a range of age groups and ability levels and is coded beautifully, making it teacher friendly. We would not be in the state we are in today as a society if every teacher could find a way to introduce elements of Garbology into their courses.’ – Dr. Marcy Newman, Teacher, Rishi Valley School, Andhra Pradesh