Back to School!Posted On: Aug 01, 12
It's that time of year again, as we say goodbye to summer and head back to school. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as we start off this new school year:
Rethink Your School Supplies!
- Before buying new, check out which supplies from last year are reusable.
- Shop your local thrift store for gently used school supplies.
- Purchase earth-friendly supplies such as refillable pens and items that will last for several years.
- Exchange excess supplies with friends or classmates.
- Look for recycled paper products for filler paper, binders, notebooks, composition books, construction paper and sketch pads.
- Avoid PVC plastic. Products using PVC will have the number “3” inside or the letter “V” underneath the universal recycling symbol.
The Green Schools Buying Guide has more helpful tips!
Pack a Waste-Free Lunch!
- Sandwiches in reusable containers
- Whole fruits and veggies without packaging
- Drinks in containers that can be reused or recycled
- Snacks purchased in bulk and brought in reusable containers
Do not include:
- Individually wrapped snacks
- Paper napkins and plastic baggies that are not reusable
- Disposable forks and spoons
- Juice boxes and straws
Check out our Healthy & Waste-Free Lunches Resources Guide for more tips.
Get Involved in Greening Your School!
- Build a garden or start a healthy snack program on campus
- Help your school adopt a Green Purchasing Policy
- Plan a waste audit of your cafeteria
- Start a Green Team: include students, teachers, parents, and community volunteers. Reach out and partner with local businesses for support.
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