Green Your Back to School

Happy Friday all!

Today, I’m doing a segment on NBC Philadelphia’s 10! Show and I’ll post the video on this post later today when it’s up.

But here are my 5 easy ways to green your back to school shopping routine.

PS-Over at the website Recyclebank, they are doing a fabulous contest right now where you can learn all sorts of ways to green your Back to School routine and have a chance to win some fabulous prizes.   The electric Bodhi Bike looks pretty amazing to me.   Good luck and check it out!

TIP #1:  Pack waste-free lunches: It’s estimated that Americans go through 100 billion plastic bags a year- this averages to 360 bags per person. Purchase a reusable lunch bag or box for your child, and fill reusable bottles with water or juice and FREEZE them to help keep food cold and fresh.  You can also freeze yogurt to do the same thing; when lunch comes around, the yogurt will be defrosted and cold.  If you do use plastic bags, reuse and recycle them. Clean and dry Ziploc® bags can be recycled at most grocery stores where you drop off plastic shopping bags.

TIP #2:  Choose sustainable school supplies: In the U.S. alone, approximately 11,600 incense-cedar trees are cut down to create the 2 billion pencils made each year.To minimize your environmental footprint, opt for school supplies wrapped in limited packaging and recycle what you can. Seek out greener supplies like recycled pencils, refillable pens and paper clips made from recycled steel.   Staples has a great program called Eco Easy that help customers identify eco-friendly supplies in their stores.

TIP #3: Recycle old electronics: If you’re upgrading your family’s electronics this year, be mindful of recycling old models. You can get rewards like cash or gift cards for doing so – visit www.recyclebank.com to check the value of your old electronics and use their free mail-in program. You can also download money saving coupons on the site for things like $2 off any Kashi product, $1 off any Dagoba chocolate bar, $2 off Earthbound Farm salad mixes, and $1 off Stonyfield greek yogurt to save money on your school lunches.

TIP #4: Upcycle” last year’s supplies: Three ring binders that are still in great working order can be refurbished at home. Cover the entire exterior of the binder with a sheet of cork contact paper, then trim to size for a clean, modern looking folder.  You can even cover journals with old keys from broken computers to make something very cool and modern.

TIP #5:  Speed up the morning routine:  Any help to make the morning’s faster and easier to get the kids out the door is always welcome.  Invest in “quick drying” towels and bathmats that dry 1/3 faster than traditional towels; a special weave in the towels makes them dry more quickly, making them less prone to smelly mildew.    You can find Danny Seo Eco-Existence towels at stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods and they are just $5.99!

One Comment

  1. Great tips you got here. This should help both students and the environment.