Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Getting Back to School the Environmentally Friendly Way!

It’s the time of year again when a new school year is approaching and you need to get organized! Here are a few tips that will help the environment and you!
  • If your school is nearby, ride a bike or walk to school!
  • Carpool with the neighborhood kids for a ride to and from school.
  • Buy recycled paper to write on.
  • Reuse last year’s school supplies – Don’t throw away unfinished notebooks and binders in good condition.
  • Use a lunch box in place of paper bags!
  • Create your own bookmarks out of newspaper or other recycled material.
  • Buy ‘green clothes’ – either from a thrift shop or clothes made of sustainable fabric such as organic cotton or bamboo.
  • Find pencils and pens made of recyclable materials! There are plenty of both biodegradable pencils and pens! Look for the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) label on paper as well as stationary.
  • Type up essays and homework. Ask your teachers if you can email them your homework assignments; typing is efficient and green!
  • Make sure your laptop or computer is on ‘sleep’ mode when it’s not in use. Turning off the monitors saves a lot of energy!

For more green tips about starting a fresh school year, visit National Geographic Kids WWF - World Wildlife Foundation , www.treehugger.com, and www.thegreenoffice.com.

Be green and spread the word!

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