So many of us are making real efforts to be more sustainable in our everyday lives, but as we know the back-to-school period can be tricky when we feel obliged to buy so much. If you want to stay green throughout this school year, follow these five tips.
Walk to School
There are so many different benefits to walking to school. Not only will your family's carbon footprint be reduced significantly, but you will be giving your little ones the opportunity to stretch their legs and get some exercise before a day of learning. If walking isn't possible you could always opt for cycling to school, taking public transport or even a carpooling arrangement.
Go for a green lunch
Have a look at the contents of your child's lunch box. If there is anything wrapped in plastic, try thinking of ways to replace it. Trade in soft cheese wrapped in foil, for sticks of cheddar that can be placed in a reusable Tupperware. Try investing in a good water bottle for your child. One that is easily identified, easily cleaned and fits in their bag.
Reuse old school supplies
Before you go shopping for school supplies, raid your home for old copy books and pencil-case fillers, to see what you can reuse. Get all hands-on-deck for this, even make it a game to get the kids to help. Gather as many colouring pencils, pens, rubbers and other school supplies you can find. It will save you a few bob too.
Make a list and stick to it
It’s easy to get caught up when you go shopping for school supplies. Your little ones might throw some glitter covered pencils into the trolley, or even some novelty hair clips. Think about what you have at home. Impulse buying is one way to create more waste than you need. Making a list will allow you to avoid duplicates or unnecessary items. Lists will also help you stick to your budget.
If you can, choose pre-loved
You can try this with everything. From uniforms to backpacks, from pencil cases to shoes. Maybe they have some cool cousins or close friends who have outgrown their uniforms. Use backpacks from siblings or even from a charity shop.
These steps are all about getting you closer to a more sustainable school experience. However, you know what’s best for your family and even a few small changes can make a difference.