Some people call Christmas the happiest time of the year. I am not got to lie, I am pretty sure that September will give Christmas time a run for its money. It is back to school time!!! Don’t get me wrong I love the warm weather, mini vacations and day trips to the beach BUT… I am looking forward to being back in a regular routine. With Monkey heading into his second year, I picked up a number of tips for how to go a little greener as the kids head back into the classroom.
8 Ways To Go Green For Back To School
1 – Reduce and reuse – before heading out to the stores to buy ALL the things, do an inventory for what you already have a home? Do you really need new markers or crayons if you have sets that still work from last year. Are the kids backpacks in good enough shape to last another year?
2 – Buy recycled when you can – If you do need to buy schools supplies, you can pick up everything from pens to scissors from R3VOLVED. Made from recycled plastics these stationary products help divert water bottles from ending up in landfills. Pick up R3VOLVED products and become part of the recovered, remade, reloved cycle.
3 – Green up your closet – a lot of money can be spent on clothing when back to school shopping. Help your wallet and the environment by buy gently used clothes from thrift stores or mom to mom sales. You can find kids clothes for sale on local facebook groups as well as online consignment stores and kijiji.
4 – Recycle your electronics – Need to upgrade a computer, laptop or cell phone? Make sure the old one ends up where it is supposed to – RECYCLED! Electronics contain different metals that can be recycled and used again. You can find out where to recycle your electronics and give those old items new life again
5 – Protect yourself and your gadgets – with small kids around it is so important to have cases on your cell phones and tablets. In the spring my cousin learned the hard way just how quick babies are when Baby Roo knocked his phone out of his hand into our brick patio (crash, smash). Pong Cases make a line of cases that not offer drop protection, but also help reduce exposure to mobile phone radiation. And don’t worry they still have a sleek slim design.
6 – Ditch the baggy – I picked up about 20 small re-usable containers that I used for Monkey’s lunches all year long (you don’t need that many if you make lunches up daily, but I prepare most of it on Sunday for the whole week). I am proud to say that I don’t think we lost a single container all year long (they did have our name on them) so I am all set to make more litter-less lunches this year.
7 – Check your transportation – Are you kids able to take the school bus or public transportation to school? Are you close enough to walk? This might sound like a silly way to “green” you back to school routine, but I kid you not I have seen our neighbour drive his daughter 200m to school several times a week no matter what the weather. It is not even a 2 minute walk, and completely ridiculous. If you can walk do so, it is good exercise for the kids and grown ups!
8 – Pack that reusable water bottle – Monkey has not taken a single juice box to school. With a water bottle, he is able to refill it if he needs to and the teachers are not left to deal with half filled juice boxes that need to be saved for later.
How does your family help reduce its environmental impact during back to school time?
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