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A Waste-Free Back to School Year

For many, this week marks the start of a new school year and vibrant shades of green to be eco-wise for the environment and our wallet. And really, who couldn’t use new ways to conserve resources and money? 

Go Green in Style         

Back-to-school shopping can leave our wallets thin, especially since kids outgrow their clothes in no time.  Thredup.com is a peer-to-peer online clothing exchange service for kids clothing.  It is an eco-conscious way to get fashionable and lovingly worn kids clothing at an affordable price with all the convenience of home shopping.  For only $5 a box + $10.95 shipping parents can easily swap clothes their kids have outgrown for great new items that fit.

Waste-Free Lunches

If you are packing lunches why not consider buying in bulk and storing the extra in reusable containers? Or try using cloth napkins and insulated tote bags to reduce waste.  If you decide to pack a lunch,  eco-friendly brands like, CrocodileCreek.com offer a wide selection of kid inspired, non-toxic, insulated lunch boxes and storage containers for snacks and drinks.  BuiltNY.com offers neoprene bags that are insulated, lightweight and adorable. Organic cloth bags by MimitheSardine.com wipe clean or can be machine washed.  If you want to receive a kinda free reusable lunch sack visit Annie’s Totally Natural All you have to do is purchase 4 items – one from each of the following companies: Annie’s Homegrown, Honest Kids, Seventh Generation, and Stonyfield YoKids.                                                                                           If only we can get our kids to eat their lunch.

Greening School Supplies  

There a few simple and cost effective ways to save and be greener with school supplies.  First of all, only buy what is on your child’s list.  Then take inventory of what you have left over from last year. Pencil cases, scissors, rulers, and notebooks can be reused and even made to look brand new with a good cleaning and a crafty make over.  Also, consider using biodegradable pens and pencils or try refillable pens and pencils.

Join the conversation and tell us how you go green during this time of year.