5 tips to “go green” for “back to school”!

back 2 schoolThe summer is dwindling… it’s the countdown to the “end”… sounds dramatic, doesn’t it?  But this is truly my least favorite time of year.  Sure the weather is wonderful and there is still so much fun to be had, but I get this feeling in the pit of my stomach when I have to send my kids back to school.  I actually happen to be a mom who loooves to have my kids at home!

But school time is looming and it’s time to prepare. So, while you’re prepping your list (the long list!) of everything they need, keep these tidbits in mind to help keep it on the green side:

  • Check your “stock” – you may already have supplies at home; some may even be leftover from last year, so check carefully before you buy.
  • Look for recycled content – notebooks, pens, pencils, folders, binders and even backpacks… there are lots of options out there made from recycled content, so be wise when you choose. Also, choose paper, paperboard or canvas over plastics.
  • Waste-free lunches – plan to pack your kids’ lunches with reusable lunch kits like those from Kidcitiznpp kits Konserve or Citizen Pip.  Also, opt for reusable containers, bottles, real silverware and cloth napkins over anything single-use or disposable, and make sure everything is BPA-free.
  • Backpacks and totes – as exciting as it seems to purchase new every year, convince your kids that if it’s still functional, it’s still usable.  If you can, also steer them away from something “character” based, so when they outgrow the character you don’t feel forced into a replacement. And when you do need to replace one, consider donating the outgrown version and make sure the new one is PVC-free.
  • Clothes – we all know how quickly kids grow, but the bigger they get the slower they grow.  Take a little time for a “try-on” session.  If it’s not outgrown, no need to replace it just yet.  When it no longer fits, be sure to donate everything to organizations that provide clothing to those in need.  Even consignment shops and sales or swaps are great resources for giving or getting items that still have usefulness.

schoolbusWhether you get teary-eyed at the idea of sending your kids back to school, or the first day couldn’t come soon enough (I’ll be a teary-eyed one!) be sure to earn a “green star” for your efforts before they go!

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6 thoughts on “5 tips to “go green” for “back to school”!

  1. Yes, I’m one of those teary-eyed moms too. (And my husband is a teary-eyed dad.)This is a sad time of the year for our family – we hate that there’s only 2 weeks left of our “real” summer. Thank you for the back-to-school advice. We need a new backpack after 3 years and I’ll make sure it’s PVC free (and character free too!). We already have a 5 year old friend who can’t wait to get my daughter’s hand-me-down Hannah Montana backpack for starting kindergarten.

  2. Well i might suggest to look around your area or the web for surplus and close out places. These two sources do diminish the waste stream due to the fact they give out dated, over produced or gently used products a second life. Surplus sources tend to carry bags, and clothing items designed by the armed forces of the world to withstand what mother nature can dish out. I favor the various utility bags by European countries. Back packs and messenger bags are only the tip of the bag iceberg. A bread bag or a map pouch may serve you or your school kid for some other purpose. The fact that surplus tend to be earth toned (not just camo patterned) may be an incentive to look.

  3. Oh and to add to the sad to see the kids go back to school thing. Your kids and or style of child rearing must be world class. Many of my friends with kids are counting the days until the school district has to keep thier “little angels” all day by law. Labor day should be a bigger holiday than it is. After that day until June daylight driving becomes safer as most children are in school until 3:00..

  4. Just discovered your site – love all the tips and shortcuts to other sites – just a note about Citizen Pip and KidsKonserve – the former site is shut down & Party Paks are no longer available for classroom parties. I’m looking around for plates that are fun and inexpensive – any suggestions? thanks!!

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