Buy eco-green fabrics: Look for eco friendly fabrics such as bamboo, alpaca, hemp, or organic cotton, and recycled material.
Check out some innovative ways to repurpose clothing:
How to Make a Whole New Wardrobe by Recycling Your Clothes (wikihow-fun.com)
2. Lunches and School Snacks
Plan and Pack a healthy lunch for your children:
This will reduce waste – did you know that lunch garbage can be up to 9 tons of trash for an elementary school.
- Pack a whole food healthy lunch – there are so many options today. Include your children with the planning.
- Buy local at farmers markets
- Avoid all GMO – Genetically Modified Foods
- Pack cloth napkins
- Use beeswax wraps
- Bamboo Cutlery
- Use a Reusable non-toxic lunch box and water container. This saves an incredible amount of paper, plastic and food packaging. Look for BPA, PVC free products. Consider stainless steel lunch boxes and water bottles., that are plastic free.
3. Use healthy hand sanitizers.
Avoid the very toxic hand sanitizers with some easy options. Of course, encourage lots of healthy hand washing. Check out some natural hand sanitizers or make your own.
Check our some options, available on Amazon: Babyganics Foaming Pump Hand Sanitizer, Lucky Super Soft Foaming Soft Hand Sanitizer, BAC-D Hand Sanitizer, Sun Bum Sun Bum Hand Sanitizer Spray
4. Choose Smart School Supplies
Although banned children’s toys, PVC phthalates are in most school supplies such as backpacks, binders and lunch boxes.
- Choose crayons made in the United States, as imported can be contaminated with asbestos
- Use recycled or replantable pencils, refillable pens and pencils
- Use non-toxic glue
- Guess what? Glitter is very harmful to the environment. Avoid glitter
- Use recycled printer paper
- Use sustainable Colored Pencils
Check out: https://earthhero.com/ and https://www.onyxandgreen.com/
5. Rent or buy used textbooks. Save your trees!
Such a fabulous savings when you can purchase or rent your txtbooks. Most campus stores offer used options. Check out online textbook rentals, and many ebook textbook options.