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Celebrities catastrophic effect on the environment
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

With our current understanding of the climate crisis, it’s safe to say that everyone is trying to be more sustainable for the sake of the environment,...

Lancer-to-Los Robles volunteer system stays strong
Lancer-to-Los Robles volunteer system stays strong
Kimberly Jerez, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Los Robles Regional Medical Center benefits from the varied talents and experiences that volunteers offer, ranging from high school students...

Time T.O. Vote
Time T.O. Vote
Kailah Spencer, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Senior Maya Campo turns 18 in April, and she is ready to make her voice heard this November. As the presidential primary election nears, seniors...

Going Digital: The SAT’s New Normal
Going Digital: The SAT’s New Normal
Kailah Spencer, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Many Lancers students are familiar with the SAT; a paper test with over a hundred questions of varying difficulty. Now, CVUSD is introducing...

Around the Business Table
Around the Business Table
Julia Pineda-Dominguez, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

The Majors program provides students with the opportunity to speak with mentors in many different careers. The program consists of monthly meetings...

Moreno heads to Washington
Moreno heads to Washington
Aandrea Pineda-Dominguez, News Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

It was finally over. The bell gave its shrieking cry and off went hundreds of students to enjoy their freedom, at least for a moment. For...

TO Acorn With Permission
Lancers lose a forever friend
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

Bill Gemberling has worn many hats at Thousand Oaks High: student, teacher, coach, sports announcer. But taxi driver? “I was one of (Brett...

Unexpected La Reina closure leads to transfers
Abigail Kerns, Assistant News Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

escribing how La Reina families felt upon receiving the news that their school, which opened its doors in 1964, will be closing at the end of...

New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor ♦ February 20, 2024

In March of this year, Dreamworks is set to release a Peacock exclusive TV show and movie sequel to the beloved 2010 MegaMind movie. The trailer...

In Fastbreak Fashion
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor ♦ February 14, 2024

Lancers lead the way in the second half. The Great Oak Wolfpack came into Thousand Oaks Tuesday night for the CIF quarterfinals and with them...

Perserving in Penalty’s
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor ♦ February 14, 2024

The Lady Lancers traveled to a neutral site in Anaheim to take on the Katella Knights in the second round of the CIF-SS girls soccer playoffs....

Kanye - He's Back at it...or Maybe Not?
Elijah Brown, The Lancer Staff ♦ February 14, 2024

Kanye West's new album “Vultures 1”, many nationwide were skeptical at first about Kanye's new album considering the controversies he has...

It’s Valentine’s, Baby
It’s Valentine’s, Baby
Momo Sonoda, Editor-In-Chief ♦ February 14, 2024

St. Valentine’s Day commemorates the death of St. Valentine, but for others, the holiday marks a day of birth. Junior Chokee Weezer was born...

Health Science Majors Program hosts their senior showcase
Momo Sonoda, Editor-In-Chief ♦ February 12, 2024

Last week, the seniors in Health Science Majors hosted a showcase, featuring various professions that they hope to pursue in the future. At the...

Advancing Again
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor ♦ February 12, 2024

The Lancers left campus during lunch to travel to Temecula for their round two playoff game, and the ride wasn’t enough to stop the Lancers....

Cutback Pollutants in our School

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In recent years, school administration and staff have begun to construct different ways to reduce waste and make the school more eco friendly. This includes things like imposing recycling and placing reusable water bottle fillers. But a more noticeable and serious form of pollutants on campus is the amount of trash accumulated by food packaging that is not thrown away, which is yet to be addressed.
Despite the fact that students are able to bring reusable containers and lunch bags, cafeteria food and packaging contributes much more to the build up of litter. The unrecyclable plastics used in the school’s food adds to the carbon footprint that the students leave. And the rising amount of students purchasing lunch is not helping the problem.
It is said that sixty to ninety percent of all pollutants found in our marine habitats are a kind of plastic debris. And once it is in there, it takes an average of 450 years to break down plastic of any kind. Because it is not biodegradable or made of materials that can easily decompose, it puts a large dent in our oceans’ health and safety
Circumstances like these can be lowered by starting small. Our school can reduce the amount of plastic by finding suppliers that provide eco friendly food packaging.
“Our school could probably get rid of a lot of trash by trying cardboard food boxes instead of plastic food boxes,” freshman, Marcie Walton said.
Compared to plastic, cardboard only takes an average of two months to decompose. This is at a drastically faster rate than plastic and could solve a lot of issues that the school could possibly be causing.
“We should switch to using bamboo or wooden forks and spoons instead of plastic. We can also make more fresh food that does not need to be packaged before it’s eaten, along with urging students to clean up after themselves,” freshman, Austin Simpson said.
Another way of reducing waste would be to offer students eating inside the cafeteria reusable or paper plates. Reusable plates would allow for no inorganic trash after a meal, but would also cost the school more to provide. Paper plates would be a more affordable option, however they can still cause litter to accumulate and take about five years to decompose into the earth.
There are many ways that TOHS could improve to move forward in terms of having a cleaner campus, but it will take a student body effort to get there. Along with school staff providing cardboard or recyclable cafeteria products, students can invest in reusable water bottles and lunch bags. It only takes a few small steps to create a movement and make our community cleaner and safer.

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