Back-to-school season is around the corner! Looking to reduce your environmental footprint in the classroom this school year? Start off on the right foot and consider these simple tips to reduce, reuse, recycle and buy recycled school supplies.
Reduce: Look to purchase school supplies with less packaging to cut down on waste. Consider investing in sturdier products as well that can ensure years of use.
Reuse: Take inventory of the supplies you already have at home before going shopping. We all have those lightly used binders, loose leaf paper, notebooks, pencils and scissors scattered around the house. See what you can reuse this school year and only buy what you really need. Consider coordinating a school supply ‘swap’ with friends as well if you have reusable items on each others’ back-to-school lists.
Recycle: As you take inventory, make sure you give your unusable old school supplies (notebooks, papers, folders, etc.) a new life by recycling them.
Buy Recycled: A great way to support the green economy is through purchasing school supplies made from recycled content. Lots of products can be made with recycled content including paper, pens, binders and even paper clips. Look for labels that say “made with recycled content” or “made with post-consumer content.”
We hope you find these tips helpful as you prepare for the school year!