To avoid unnecessary costs and wasteful purchases, start by taking inventory of school supplies you already have at home. When you do go shopping, consider the following green alternatives:
- Look for school supplies – especially paper products, but also pencils and even backpacks - made of recycled materials.
- Choose products which are themselves recyclable or biodegradable.
- Instead of stocking up on plastic bags and single-serving packaged foods, buy washable, reusable containers for lunch and snacks. Is the backpack getting too heavy? Reusable water bottles can be carried to school empty and filled on site, as needed.