At Green Apple Supply, we greatly value the health and safely of children. We strive to offer products that are nourishing and fun, while encouraging customers to share their passion for the environment with their kids (& vice versa!). The more they know now, the better equipped they will be to deal with the environmental challenges that lie ahead.
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 uses are healthy and sustainable. Avoid toxic plastics; instead, opt 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 purchasing products with the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled content. Print on both sides of the paper or reuse 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 and educate your kids about things that contribute to landfill and are hurtful to our environment. The more they know, the more they will want to help and the more they will pass the word along!