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We’ve been enjoying the last few weeks of summer but to be honest, I’m getting excited for my kids to start the school year. My oldest will be in middle school and there will be a lot of new routines to get used to. As I’m preparing for the new school year, I’m trying to keep in mind that there are many ways to help the environment – in fact, it can be so simple. Here are some ideas to make a few changes that may be small to you, but can make a great impact on the environment. 10 Ways to Be Greener This Back To School Season
- Re-Use and Recycle School Supplies – While certain school supplies, such as notebooks, need to be new, there is really no need for brand-new other items, such as binders, pencils, and erasers. They will get the job done just as well as new items. Get a good pencil sharpener and sharpen the broken pencils; spruce up old binders with some colorful decorations. Consider donating used supplies you no longer need.
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Liz hirt says
Number 10 is so important and something I try to do! Thanks for the tips!
Liz @ mom always knows
I just bought reusable straws for us to use at home and it feels like such an easy swap! Great ideas here, especially eliminating the plastic bottles!!
Aria | Blogs by Aria says
I’ll have to try the freezing juice boxes tip!
Kelly Plante says
Frozen juice boxes is a great idea! We also love to wrap our sandwiches in Bees Wrap instead of using plastic sandwich bags!
Jennifer Maune says
Freezing juice boxes instead of ice packs is a great idea! Never thought of that!
These are awesome tips! Freezing a juice box is such a great idea. I had never thought to do that!
Nice practical tips…I have been religiously making efforts to spread awareness on environment preservation..
Monica Grant says
I love this, I am always looking to be greener and school time makes it so much harder. Let’s make education greener!
Krystel | Travel on a Budget says
I love the frozen juice instead of ice boxes and remaking crayons. Would love to try that
Great tips! Not only do these suggestions help be a little greener, a lot of them also save money.
Amanda Martin says
Such great tips! I don’t have kids but I utilize several of these in my work life: I swap clothes with friends, always use a re-usable water bottle and pack my lunch!
Great tips! Question about the crayons because I’ve seen this on pinterest and have wanted to try – but does it make your oven/kitchen smell like crayons? LOL! That’s the only reason I haven’t done it yet – so if I know from someone directly that it doesn’t happen I’ll try this weekend. 😉
The Mama Maven says
Yeah, it’s a crayony smell.
We use school papers in our scrap printer at work. You never know who’s homework you will print a rough draft on.
Love the idea of using your family meal plan. We often have leftovers, so adding those into lunches is a good idea!
It’s hard to believe that school is starting back up again. These are all great ways to be greener. I do a lot of these already. I’ll have to remember to freeze my son’s juice boxes to use as an ice pack.
I remember at the end of each school year my mom would check all of our supplies to see what was still usable for the next year. So much waste each year by throwing away and purchasing all new items. Thanks for sharing.
We are trying to be greener this year by using reusable napkins. I am also going to be getting snack bags my kids can use versus plastic ones.
I love the idea of reusing school supplies because it can get expensive! We pack our lunches too!
Carol Bryant says
I love the fact that you are helping to reduce carbon footprints. It is a unique blog post and doable, actionable things parents can do right away.
Jeni Hawkins says
I love these tips! Setting aside what used to be trash or recyclables for crafts is BRILLIANT! I will definitely keep that in mind!
Back to school always happens so quickly. It can be easy in the rush to go for the easiest option, but you’ve made it clear how easy it can be to make earth-friendly choices.
valmg @ Mom Knows It All says
Meal planning can save lots of time and money. I’ve never heard of using a juice box instead of an ice pack, if it works it’s a great idea.
These are great tips for a greener school year. I feel like so much paper is wasted at school and at home.
Liz Mays says
These are such clever ideas. Ditching plastic bottles is something we could probably start right now and I’m always a fan of carpooling.
Great back to school green tips. I’m sure teachers would love to have the unused school supplies in your cabinets.
Mariah Moon says
I’m always looking for ways to do simple things to live a more green life. We have so much paper! I hadn’t thought about using the backs!
Felicita Moncada says
We did a lot of your suggestions this year. I had so many supplies leftover from last year. The last day of school we put all their supplies in a bin so we were quickly able to find what we had. Made for a lot less spending!
Myrah Duque says
We always try to re-use notebooks that still have most of its pages. Why get rid of it? I am loving the crayons tip! I’ve never thought of doing something like this! Genius, thanks for the great tips.
These are great tips. My family and I have a made a concerted effort in the past year or so to really reduce our impact on the environment, and we feel so good about it.