It’s that time of year again – Back-To-School! Going back to school doesn’t need to create more waste and does not have to mean more plastic, despite what the plastic-filled school supply aisles might lead you to believe. Read on for how easy it can be to be an eco-friendly student with back-to-school sustainability tips we all can use.
Swap Your School Supplies
Use what you have first and buy new only when you need to. Once you’ve used up everything, including the last of the paper in that old notebook, consider the plastic-free options. Swap plastic highlighters for wooden highlighters. Avoid notebooks, folders, and binders with plastic covers and choose those made from 100% recycled paper or cardboard instead. Look for metal pencil sharpeners and rulers and choose 100% stainless steel scissors so they are 100% recyclable.
Bring Your Own Lunch
School lunches can involve a lot of single-use plastic, but they don’t have to. There are many plastic-free options from reusable water bottles to reusable sandwich bags and cutlery sets. There are also great, plastic-free lunch boxes to choose from including bento-style boxes and tiffins.
Shop Your Closet
Ditch the back-to-school clothes shopping and shop your closet instead. Better yet, try thrifting! Buying clothes, shoes and accessories secondhand extends their lifespan and can also save you money.
Walk, carpool, or take public transportation to school
Play a role in reducing carbon emissions by reconsidering your commuting habits. Choose to walk, carpool, or utilize public transportation for your journey to school. By taking these greener options, you contribute to a cleaner environment and demonstrate your dedication to a sustainable future.
By following a few eco-friendly tips and embracing plastic-free swaps in your daily routine, you can make this Back-to-School season your most sustainable yet.