ZWAP! Online – Supplemental Activities

**NOTE**: This is an archived version of ZWAP-O! Check out the updated version here.

The Visioning Activity


What do you think Zero Waste looks like?

You can draw or write about what you think Zero Waste means, and what it would look like in your home, your school, your neighborhood, in Missoula, or the world!  Anything you think of when you think of Zero Waste.  

When finished, take a picture of it, or have someone help you take a picture of it, and send it to We will be highlight the ones that are the most thoughtful on the ZWAP! website and in the Home ReSource Community Room.

Have fun, and get creative!

The Scavenger Hunt

Find materials at your home or in your classroom that could be used to build a chicken coop!

CLICK HERE to get started!

Classroom Activities

These are additional activities you can do with your class!

Classroom Trash Tracker: Track all of the items you and your class throw away for one week. Could any of those items be Reduced, Reused, or Recycled?

Rethink & Request: Work with your classmates to plan a Zero Waste Event and practice making Zero Waste Requests.

Redesign: Redesign everyday items so we can “close the loop” and reduce waste!

Reuse Activities for the Family

All of these activities are family-friendly and are all about reuse!  If you do any of these, take pictures and send them to me at We would LOVE to see what you come up with. Even if it isn’t on this list and you want to share a reuse project with me and everyone at Home ReSource, we would all love to see it.

Activities for All Ages

Family Trash Tracker: Track all of the items you use for three days and see how much ends up reused, recycled, composted or in the landfill!

Eco Friendly Bird Feeders: All you’ll need for this project is 1) Unwanted Shoes 2) Screws or Bungee Cords and 3) Bird Seed!

Newspaper Trash Can Liner: Compostable and sanitary origami challenge: Use a newspaper to line your organics bin!

Recycle City: Interactive website where you can play games, complete activities and learn how to get involved in recycling and reuse in your community!

Other Activities

  • Pack a zero waste lunch and go on a family picnic while maintaining a proper distance from others.
  • Cut out homemade puzzles from greeting cards or cereal boxes before recycling them.
  • Create wind chimes from tin cans – painted or decorated however you like.

Activities for Most Ages

Reusable Bag: Make a reusable bag out of an old t-shirt!

Reusable Tea Bags: Tea bags that last! Materials: fabric, baker’s twine, thread, scissors, rotary cutter and mat, sewing pins or clips. Tools: iron, ironing board, and sewing machine.

Sandwich Wrap: Use regular fabric and waterproof fabric to sew your own reusable sandwich bag!


Activity Books

Here are some activity books from our friends at the Environmental Protection Agency, or the EPA.  You can print these if you want, or you can save the paper and see what you can accomplish by writing down your answers on a piece of scratch paper instead!

Become a Planet Protector and do as many of these activities as you can!

    ← Click the images! →    

Zero Waste Quiz Game

Want to test your knowledge of Zero Waste?  Here is a great quiz game that you can play!  Each time you play, you get different questions.  Don’t get discouraged if you don’t know the answers – I played a few times and missed some questions, too!  It can be really hard!  If you miss some questions, write them down, and do a little research!

The photo above or this link will get you there!

Tracking Our Trash

Want to see what choices you and your family can make to reduce the amount of stuff you throw away?  Use our trash tracker to see what could be reused, recycled, or composted instead of going into the trash can. 


Next: Final Steps and Ambassador Actions