A new school year is upon us! And along with alarms, homework, and pop quizzes, are school supplies and packed lunches. Believe it or not, there is a way to go green as you prepare for the year ahead.
A large way in which we can go green is by reducing the amount of waste that is created. In order to reduce, remember to reuse. Many folders and binders available today are durable, and can be used for more than just one school year. This applies to pens and pencils as well.
If you find that you do need to make a new purchase, consider purchasing long lasting materials. Mechanical pencils for example, can be used indefinitely, and many are made of bio-degradable plastic barrels. Also, look for products that are made from recycled materials, these can include pencils, paper and even backpacks.
Along with reducing and reusing, comes recycling. Make a conscious effort to recycle all paper. Whether it be used notebook paper or school hand-outs, see that they find their home in the recycling bin.
Remember that reusing and recycling can apply to lunch time as well. Packing a lunch in a reusable lunch bag is always a green choice. Also, buying in bulk and packing in reusable containers rather than packing individually wrapped snacks is another way to stay green. Lastly, always remember to recycle plastic bottles, aluminum cans, cartons, and any other recyclable containers that are used during lunch time.
All of these are ways in which we can create a green community for both present and future generations.Continue Reading