How about making “Back to School” Green?
August 29, 2011
50 millions students who each generate about 240 pounds of waste per year are returning to school. The average elementary school generates close to 19,000 pounds of lunch waste alone in a year. Less than a third of students who live within a mile of school walk or ride bikes regularly. We can do better! Here are some tips to think about:
- Lunches: challenge yourself to pack your children’s (re-usable) lunch boxes with zero-waste, now is the time to wean your children off of drink boxes, cheese strings and other individually packaged foods.
- Transportation: is the school close enough that you can walk or bike your child to school? Are there other children in the neighborhood, so parents can take turns walking children to school and/or carpooling? Even if you commit to walking or biking your child to school one or two days a week, it’s a step in the right direction.
- School Supplies: The days of package upon package of disposable pen and pencil are gone, replaced by biodegradable pencils, refillable pens, and recycled versions of both.
Where to Get Green Back to School Supplies
- Ride your bike or walk to school.
- Use last year’s school supplies.
- Buy a canvas and cardboard binders instead of plastic.
- Buy recycled paper.
- Use reusable water bottles instead of plastic.
- Use a lunch box, not paper bags.
- Donate last year’s clothes instead of throwing them away.
- Buy online to avoid driving.
- Buy organic food.
- Turn your computer off when you’re not using it.
- Decorate your lunchbox.
- Make your own bookmarks.
- Organize a clothes swap with your friends.
- Carpool to sports.
- Use refillable pens and pencils.
- Reuse your backpack. Decorate it with cool patches.