Here are some eco-friendly tips that are sure to get an A+ from the environment:
Consider reusable lunch kits and containers instead of using plastic everyday.
- Try to avoid pre-packaged foods. They may be convenient but they are not environmentally friendly.
- Buy bulk portions and place them in reusable containers.
- Try these fun tips for packing lunches. Tips (2.2 MB)
- Consider recycled paper when making your purchase. Every ton of paper that is recycled saves about 17 trees.
- Make your own school supplies. You can create unique notebooks by collecting stacks of used computer paper, turning it over and punching three holes along the long side. Add a special cover for the front and back by cutting out two pieces (8.5 cm x 11 cm) of cardboard from a cereal box, attach to the front and back for a unique notebook!
- Reuse school supplies from last year.
- See if your school has a book rental program. Instead of buying new, think about renting books or exchanging with friends.
Back to school shopping
- Host a clothing exchange with your friends before school starts. Bring clothes that you might not wear anymore and swap them. One person's old clothing could be a first day outfit for someone else.
- Buy from second hand stores. They usually have great vintage items at a fraction of the cost.
Getting to and from school
Remember to think eco-friendly when deciding on transportation to and from school. Ride your bike, take the bus, arrange a carpool or even walk. Remember to be safe!