Did you know that on average, parents will spend around $1000 this year in back to school supplies? Imagine what an impact that would make if everything they bought was eco-friendly! Whether or not you’ve already done your shopping, there are tons of other ways to go green when your kids go back to school. Today we have 3 ideas from our One Small Act platform and a bunch more from some of our favorite eco-friendly bloggers.
Bike to School
You know taking the kids to school by bike has so many benefits. If you’re not ready to do it daily, commit to once a week. By choosing to bike instead of drive or even take public transportation, you’ll lower your commuting costs, avoid the use of non-renewable resources for fuel, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and provide the offspring with a green-and-valuable lesson. Walking to school has similar physical and environmental health benefits, but biking is much speedier—a plus with children.
There are emotional bonuses to biking, too. Sure it’s important to be a part of the transportation solution, but it’s also fun. It’s a stress buster, a strength builder, and generally feels great to be outside together.
Join Your School’s Green Team
If your school has a Green Team, join in! If there isn’t one, there are several organizations offering suggestions and resources to help interested people find one, including the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools and the Healthy Schools Network.
Reach out to parents, kids, teachers, administrators, and local environmental organizations to help define what your Green Team’s mission is, and then get to work! Even in an eco-friendly environment, there’s always plenty to do.
Avoid Idling Your Car During Drop-Offs and Pick-Ups
Reduce unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions by turning off your car if you’re going to be stopped for more than ten seconds. During winter, try idling for ten seconds, then start gently driving to your destination. Consider asking your school district to adopt an idle-free zone.
For tons of other tips and ideas, check out these blog posts that cover everything from school lunches to backpacks and much more!
- Green Your School Year with These Eco-Friendly Tips from Green and Clean Mom
- 6 Time-Saving, Eco-Friendly Back to School Organizing Tips from My Sweet Greens
- Going Back to School? Go Green to Save Hundreds of Dollars from Big Green Purse
- Top Picks for Reusable Lunch Gear from Eco-Novice
- 10 Eco-Friendly Fundraisers to Kick Off the School Year from Green Child Magazine
- 5 Whole Foods to Boost Back-to-School Brain Power from Groovy Green Livin’
- How to Green Your Back to School Season (Infographic) from The Green Divas
- 5 Eco-Friendly Back to School Tips from Flour Sack Mama
- 10 Ways for College Students to Go Green on the Cheap from Condo Blues
- Reuse and Repurpose School Supplies from Hilary Bernstein
- Reducing Waste in Kid’s Lunches from Eve of Reduction
- Back to School: Eco-Friendly Lunchboxes from Retro Housewife Goes Green
- Lunchbox-Friendly, Waste-Free Peanut Butter Oat Bites from Living Consciously
- Simple Ways to Green Your School from The EcoChic
- 5 Reusables to Make Lunch Packing Fun from Mindful Momma
- Eco-Friendly Backpacks for Elementary School Kids from Groovy Green Livin’
- Eco Back-to-School Guide from Eco-Novice
- DIY school supplies: Natural Earth Paints, Homemade Wax Crayons, Homemade Glue & Paste, and Herbal Ink & Feather Pen from The Hippy Homemaker
- The 2015 Back to School Edition of Green Child Magazine
Learn more and take action on One Small Act – our digital platform where you can earn points for living lighter on the planet and connect with others doing the same!