Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Cutting Down on Back to School Waste

When kids go back to school, they need things. They're rough on stuff, they grow, and things don't last long. Clothes, shoes, notebooks, pens, pencils, coats, sweaters and backpacks are all things you'd be expecting to purchase. When making your back to school purchases, try to keep a few things in mind:

  • How much packaging the item you are purchasing is packaged in.

  • Is there a recycled version of the item you are using? If you're buying paper, can you purchase recycled paper instead?

  • Do you need a bag for the items you purchased? If so, why not use your reusable bag?

  • Do they really need the item you are purchasing, or is it just something they want?

  • Are you buying "fast clothing," or durable clothing? Fast clothing could be described as any article of clothing that you know won't last more than a year or so, like Old Navy and Target (almost disposable). Purchasing more durable clothing is more economical and eco-conscious.

  • Teach your kids about recycling and show them how to recycle their jeans.

  • Buying new bedding? Try to recycle it!

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