Can you believe its back to school time already? For many of you, summer vacations have come and gone and you're now ready for back to school time for your kids. In thinking back, wasn't it exciting? I remember as a child, we'd always take our yearly family vacation, usually in July, and though it was always a lot of fun, come August, I seemed to always be excited and looking forward to going back to school again.
Well, as you're busy getting your kids ready to start the new school year again, or even if they've already started like in my local neighborhood, here are a few tips for you to help you get ready this year the green and eco-friendly way!
1. Buy Local & Organic Foods & Snacks:
A great way to help your child stay healthy and eco-friendly this school year is to send them off with their own pre-packed lunches. This way you know that as a mom you are helping them get the best nutrition as possible during their day. In deciding what to pack, I recommend choosing local and organic foods and snacks. A few excellent choices are fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts. And know that when you choose to buy organic and locally produced food, you are not only providing healthier nutrition for your kids, you are also helping to support your local farmers and economy as well as the environment too.
2. Use Reusable Plastic Containers:
Another great thing you can do to be green & eco-friendly this school year is to pack your kids healthy organic lunches using only reusable plastic containers. By using reusable plastic containers, you are helping to reduce the enormous mounds of waste that gets hauled out in garbage bags each day to be dumped into land fills from lunches made from pre-packaged food containers and plastic bags. When I was a child, it wasn't very cool to carry your own lunch box container especially if it was plastic and made from Tupperware. However, times have changed and happily so. Now we have the opportunity to teach our children that it IS cool to bring their own lunch containers because it's simply the right, green & eco-friendly thing to do.
3. Don't Forget to Recycle:
While speaking about waste and garbage, don't forget to recycle. Whether it's the packaging from your organic food purchases or the paper waste products from your kids school lessons and projects, remember to recycle. If you haven't started recycling in your home yet, don't worry, it's never too late to start and it's very easy too. In your garage or wherever you have some extra space in your home, start by setting up a few extra trash buckets and label them. Things you should recycle are plastic containers, steel/tin/aluminum containers, milk cartons, cardboard boxes/containers, paper, and batteries. Then check within your local community to see if they have a recycling program or if there is a regular schedule for recycled trash pick up in your neighborhood.
4. Save Energy: Walk, Take the Bus or Carpool it:
This school year encourage your child to walk to school, if it's at all possible, and save energy. This way you are also helping your child to get exercise and stay fit which is so important with the child obesity rate as high as what it currently is in this country. Or, if walking to school just isn't feasible, you can also encourage them to take the bus whether it's the public transportation system in your city or your school district's yellow bus. However, if you still prefer or need to drive your child to school everyday, you can cut down on your gasoline bill and consumption as well as reduce your carbon emissions by suggesting to form a car pool with other local neighborhood mothers who may also prefer or need to drive their child to school.
5. Purchase Eco-friendly, Recycled School Supplies:
And last but not least, purchase school supplies that are eco-friendly, non-toxic and constructed from recycled materials. Purchasing eco-friendly for your back to school supplies doesn't have to break the budget either. Now you can purchase green, eco-friendly school supply kits containing paper, folders, pencils, colored markers, crayons, scissors, etc. all for less than $20 which is a fantastic deal and well worth it as you will feel good knowing that you are buying better, safer, and healthier items for your kids as well as for the environment.
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By Laura K. Halik, expert author and internet marketer specializing in natural products and solutions for a healthier life and environment.