- Eat Green
Consider sending your child to school with a vegetarian lunch. Hesitant? Let them have a say in what goes into their lunch box. Give them several healthy options to choose from, or have them help make it. Having decided on their own lunch, they are more likely to want to eat it! Even opting for a vegetarian lunch once a week will make a big difference.
Make sure the lunch supplies your child use are healthy and sustainable. Avoid toxic plastics, instead opting for fabric snack and sandwich wraps and stainless steel containers.
- Take inventory
The average family with school-aged children will spend $594.24 on back-to-school purchases. Keep last year’s leftovers in a spot you will remember; it will save you money on buying new pens, folders, binders, etc. Remove any items you already own from your school shopping list. And if you have leftover supplies that you won't need, consider offering them to a neighbor or donating them to a local charity.
- Skip the bus
31% of kids that live less than a mile from school walk regularly, whereas half of those living within a mile of school usually go by car. If you live close enough, take the opportunity to teach your child about exercise and sustainability by using alternative modes of transportation. If this isn’t an option, try carpooling.
- Reduce paper waste
Help your child take steps to reduce their paper consumption by buying products with the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled content. Print on both sides of the paper or use paper already printed on one side for drafts. Also, make sure notebooks are filled from cover to cover before purchasing new ones.
- Include your kids
Talk to your kids about things in the classroom that contribute to landfill. The more they know, the more they will want to help!