Children are returning back to school around the globe. Each year students (and their parents) race to the stores for the best backpacks, pencils, and binders galore. Check out these steps to make your school year a little more green.
1. Buy sustainable supplies.
There are plenty of manufacturers out there that create the trendiest schools supplies, such as notebooks and binders, with eco-friendly materials. Check out bamboo notebooks, recycled paper, and reusable lunch boxes (instead of the normal brown paper bag).
2. Pack a no-waste lunch.
As previously stated, we highly suggest investing in a reusable lunchbox. But, take that one step forward and pack a no-waste lunch. Instead of ziplock bags and juice boxes, use tupperware and a reusable water bottle. Also encourage your children to bring home any food they do not eat just incase it can be used for the next day’s lunch.
3. Send reusable items for teachers.
Teachers have a hard job to do. Therefore, they sometimes ask parents to chip in for classroom needs such as napkins, plates, tissues, etc. Therefore, instead of just sending in plastic ware, send some nice reusable plates and silver ware. If you are feeling extra dedicated, pitch in with clean up of these items. It’ll save a ton of waste from classroom parties.
4. Talk to your administration.
Many schools have taken initiatives to become more green. But, there is always something that can be added. Besides recycling, give creative ideas which may add fun to a student’s day along with learning how to become more sustainable. Suggest a composting day in science class or a binder drive competition at the end of the year. There are many ways which a school can show students being sustainable can be fun and easy.
Most children take the bus to school. However, there are many that are considered “walkers” and either must be dropped-off or have to walk to school as they are too close for a bus. If your child is a “walker”, consider carpooling with other students near by in the winter months. It will save lots of carbon emissions.