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!
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
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
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!
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!