Buy Only What you Need.
Reduce over-spending on supplies by taking stock of what you have before you hit the store – many items can be reused or recycled. Often a quick cleaning will have supplies looking fresh with less impact on the environment and your wallet. Before you buy ask yourself the simple question – do I really need all of this?
- Think green before you shop – Tips for Students and Schools
- Curb the habit of purchasing a new backpack every year. With some creativity, you can make it seem like new again.
- Avoid last-minute purchases and reduce excess by making a shopping list – and sticking to it!
Waste Not, Want Not.
One kilogram of clothing over its entire life cycle creates 11 kilograms of greenhouse gases. Buying used clothes and donating ones you are no longer using keeps those materials out of landfills. For back-to-school think about resale stores to save money and extend the life of clothes.
- How to Shop for Used Clothes – and Why You Should
- Give your wardrobe new life. Repurpose and reuse clothes that may have damage, are ill-fitting or just need a style update.
- Recycle and dispose of old clothing properly.
- If you need to buy something new, look for greener fabrics and explore ways to shop sustainably.
Green Up Your “Brown Bag”
Switching out the brown paper bag and other disposable lunch items can make a big difference for the planet and for your wallet. Packing a reusable, waste free lunch can save on average more than $400 per student, per school year.
- Instead of disposable and single-use items, opt for reusable bags, cutlery and lunch boxes
- Avoid individually wrapped, pre-packaged foods
- It’s not just packaging – check to see if your student’s school has a “share table” which aims to fight food waste and huger. Learn more about Washington School Food Share Program.