By Alliance Communications Coordinator Amy Durr
You can green going back to school whether you’re in college or have children. Small Footprint Family (SMF) points out an amazing number of great choices that avoid plastic and toxic chemicals while saving money. They ask a great question: So how do you combine school’s three R’s of reading, writing and ‘rithmetic with the planet’s three R’s of reduce, reuse, and recycle?
10 eco-friendly back-to-school tips from SMF:
2. Inventory supplies before buying more — Reduce your consumerism and avoid last-minute impulse purchases by making a list of what you really need before you go to the store.
6. Pack that lunch in a non-toxic lunch box and water bottle — Instead of plastic, try PlanetBox stainless steel lunch boxes and water bottles.
8. Green the school commute — If you live close to school, arrange a “walkpool” or a “walking bus,” where parents rotate chaperoning a group on foot (or bike) to and from school. Or set up a carpool with other parents.
9. Don’t idle your car in front of school — If you are going to be stopped for more than 30 seconds, it’s always best for you, others and the environment to turn off your engine.
10. Explain to your kids (or friends) why you’re making greener, healthier choices.