School is back in session - or about to be - at schools across the county. Each year, parents are more concerned about ensuring they are supporting green and eco-friendly practices, and passing those habits onto their children.
It's easier than ever to green your school year, and here are 5 ways you can green your back to school:
- Purchase a reusable lunchbox. Gone are the days of brown paper lunch sacks. There's no need to add more trash to the landfill when you can choose a stylish lunchbox that can be used year after year.
- Fill your lunchbox with reusable gear. There are now options for reusable sandwich bags and snack bags as well as cloth napkins and bamboo silverware. Always choose reusable containers over plastic bags. You can even find glass and stainless steel straws!
- Choose sustainable and organic fabrics. It's easy to head down to your local superstore, but if you're looking out for the environment and your child's health, choose organic and/or sustainably grown fabrics like bamboo and organic cotton. Try to avoid synthetic fabrics and non-organic cotton, which can be tainted with pesticides and GMOs.
- Select recycled school supplies. You aren't limited to just recycled paper anymore. Companies are now making recycled rulers and even pencils made from old newspapers!
- Buy secondhand. Instead of adding more products into our environment, purchase secondhand. It's a great way to divert used items from the landfill and reduce waste.
There are many ways to green your back to school. I hope these 5 tips ease your transition into an eco-friendly school year.