Your guide to the
Living Green in School
Monday, August 30, 2010
Reading Time: < 1 minute
- Getting a new computer or other electronics for school? Make sure to purchase energy efficient models.
- Use reusable lunch bags for children to take their lunch in. Pack healthy fruits and vegetables instead of prepackaged snacks and a reusable water bottle or thermos for them to take their drinks in instead of prepackaged drinks.
- Academic paper use generates mountains of waste. Choose processed chlorine free (PCF) paper, avoiding releases of dioxin and mercury in the bleaching process, and the highest percentages of recycled post-consumer waste (PCW) available.
- Choosing refillable pens and pencils will not only save on waste, but will also save your wallet!
- Use rechargeable batteries for calculators instead of buying new ones every time they die.
- If clothes still fit, encourage children to wear the old pieces and just mix in a few new pieces instead of buying all new clothes. If they no longer fit, donate them to charity where someone will be able to use them.
- Cover school books in paper instead of plastic. Not only will it protect children’s books, it will be environmentally friendly and they can decorate it to fit their own personal style.
- As always, set a good example for your children by reducing, reusing, and recycling! It will make a difference!
- Speak with school administrators about planting a tree or flowers on school grounds that children can watch grow all year.
- Get together with your neighbors and create a carpool.
- If your child’s school is nearby and your child is old enough, then encourage them to ride their bike.
- When parked and waiting for your child after school, turn your ignition off.