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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Stutzman

Back To School Sustainability

It's back to school time!

As families prepare for the return to in-person learning, we want everyone to keep in mind the amount of waste being produced. Remember to always Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

Here are 5 tips on back to school sustainability:

1. Pack your student a lunch with healthier choices

for them; instead of a brown sack with ziplock bags, pack it in a reusable cooler lunchbox with a reuseable food container. Rather than buying single serve packages, buy in bulk and keep them in washable zip bags to add to lunches throughout the week.

2. Check out second hand stores before buying new clothes. 90's T-shirts are big right now, and you can even find clothes new with tags at a discounted rate! Let your student set their unique style for the year and save some money on clothes that will be outgrown in a month or two.

3. Educate your family on the importance of staying hydrated. Send your student off with a reusable water bottle. Not only will you help reduce the amount of plastic in our landfills, but many reusable bottles can be donated or recycled when no longer needed. Help keep your student and the environment more healthy!

4. Choose eco-friendly school supplies. Did you know PVC/vinyl has chemical additives that are banned in children's toys, yet are found heavily in school supplies such as: 3 ring binders, backpacks, and lunchboxes! Look for items that are 100% recyclable or eco-friendly. Check around your house for things you may alr

eady have before going to the store for more.

5. Go green for the commute. Walk, bike or bus to school. Set up "walk pools" with neighbors, or carpool if diving is the only option. When sitting in the pick up line, shut your engine off. Sitting while idling contibutes unnecessary pollution.

As always, stop and think; how can I reduce, reuse, recycle in my life today!?

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