How to Go Back to School Sustainably!

  • By Strive Fuel Team
  • 28 Jul, 2017

The summer is winding down and it is time to head back to school! Although back to school shopping seems like a necessity before students can take on their first day of the new school year, it’s important to think about how much we consume, and how to head back to school sustainably. And it can be done with these six steps!  

Take Inventory

Before you hit the store for student’s must have school supplies, take an inventory of what you already have. Didn’t use all those colored pencils or pens last year? That’s great! They can be used for this year. Avoid last minute impulse purchases, and don’t over buy. Ask yourself, “Is it really going to get used?” Make a supplies list and stick to it. Think of all the money you can save as well!

 

Choose Greener Products

When purchasing school supplies, opt for the greener choices. Purchase biodegradable pencils and refillable pens so when they do run out, they aren’t sitting in landfills for years to come. Choose recycled paper products, and buy supplies with less packaging (it’s all going to get thrown away anyway.)

Make Lunch Sustainable

When preparing lunches, consider a reusable insulated lunch box over a brown paper bag. Ditch the plastic baggies for snacks and sandwiches, and use washable, reusable food containers instead. Take your sustainability practices a step further and stay away from the prepackaged snacks. By eliminating prepackaged food, you are cutting down the number of wrappers that will end up in landfills each year!

 

Rent or Purchase Used Textbooks

Everyone dreads syllabus day, and the following textbook purchase. Consider buying used textbooks that are often available at campus bookstores, and online. Renting or buying used textbooks can help to reduce the number of books being created, which can save millions of trees. While you’re at it, check to see if the text book can be accessed online! By reading online, you will save paper and reduce waste. Why not save a little money, and help the earth while doing it?

Go for Refurbished Tech

For those students that need tech devices like tablets and computers, consider buying recycled or refurbished devices. If you have a device that isn’t fully operational, go get it fixed over purchasing a new one. Also, take advantage of rechargeable batteries for electronics. Instead of running out and purchasing a new pack of batteries every time a device runs out of juice, you can recharge the batteries. These are great ways to help reduce landfill waste, and decrease pollution!

 

Continue Sustainable Practices

When school is back in session, continue to be green and sustainable through the year. Keep your sustainable practices in mind by using notebooks throughout the year, and remember to use both sides of the paper when taking notes or printing off papers. Keep packing lunches with reusable containers and refillable water bottles. Have old technology or devices that you don’t use anymore? Try recycling it with companies like TechDump ! Your small efforts will help keep you sustainable and won’t change your daily habits!

With a new school year approaching, it’s easy to lose focus on sustainability. But if you follow these steps, you can make a difference in reducing waste and help your wallet! So, head back to school sustainably and have the best year yet!

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By Strive Fuel Team 14 Sep, 2017

Now looking forward there will be a huge need for disaster relief that will include clean-up, supplies and donations. Here are some ways you can help:

 

1. Donate Money. The simplest way you can get involved in the relief help is to donate monetarily. Families have lost everything and will have to rebuild their homes and their lives. Look around your local town and you will see companies and businesses all over supporting relief efforts. It might be a dollar at checkout at the grocery store. So give what you can, every little bit will help! If you are looking for the easiest way to get involved, you can text HARVEY or IRMA to 90999 to automatically give $10. You can also look at the Red Cross website to donate .

2. Donate Time. Volunteer your time to the relief effort. There are a lot of opportunities, but also a lot volunteers. If you are thinking or wanting to volunteer, talk with the program you are assisting and make sure that the best way you can help is through volunteering. Sometimes, in these situations, there can be too many volunteers where other donations are needed more. If more volunteers aren’t needed, there are plenty of other ways to help.

3. Donate Supplies. What better time than now to clean out your closet? Have good-conditioned clothes that aren’t being worn? Donate them to the Hurricane victims as many have lost everything. This is a great opportunity to gives to the disaster victims. The Salvation Army is a great resource for donating supplies! Affected areas will need water and food to keep displaced victims fed and hydrated. They will need cleaning supplies and anything that will help repair damage. If you are wanting to get involved and offer aid, check out The Salvation Army donation page to learn how you can best help.

  

Natural disasters can be completely devastating, but they can also bring together communities. Please give where you can and keep affected areas in your thoughts as they begin to rebuild!
By Strive Fuel Team 17 Aug, 2017

If you’re not in one of these cities with totality, don’t worry! You will see a sliver of the moon go over the sun, and will still be able to see the eclipse, you just won’t be in total darkness. If you are in totality, this means that from your viewpoint you will be in complete darkness. So, if you’re close to a city that will be in totality, head out on a road trip to the nearest city! Did you know this is the first solar eclipse to go over the US since 1918? Take the kids out of school and experience a solar eclipse together!

The eclipse will start at the Northern tip of Oregon and go across the US to the East Coast of South Carolina. At the start of the eclipse, in Oregon, the sun will actually rise totally eclipsed. This is a rare sight and over 500,000 people are estimated to travel and see it! However, it is estimated that the most people will be traveling to South Carolina because it is the closest destination for the entire Eastern Seaboard. There is an estimated 2 million people traveling to see the eclipse in totality. In total, it is estimated that 7 million people might travel to the path of totality. So be safe on the roads as you travel!Fill up with our fuel with reduced emissions so that your carbon footprint will be reduced while you travel to enjoy the eclipse.

By Strive Fuel Team 28 Jul, 2017

Take Inventory

Before you hit the store for student’s must have school supplies, take an inventory of what you already have. Didn’t use all those colored pencils or pens last year? That’s great! They can be used for this year. Avoid last minute impulse purchases, and don’t over buy. Ask yourself, “Is it really going to get used?” Make a supplies list and stick to it. Think of all the money you can save as well!

 

Choose Greener Products

When purchasing school supplies, opt for the greener choices. Purchase biodegradable pencils and refillable pens so when they do run out, they aren’t sitting in landfills for years to come. Choose recycled paper products, and buy supplies with less packaging (it’s all going to get thrown away anyway.)

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