Heading back to school can be an exciting whirlwind of planning and prepping! Setting up and settling into a new routine is a great opportunity to introduce or maintain eco-friendly habits. While these tips are aimed at kids, they make perfect sense for students of any age!
Green Tips For Food
With lunches and snacks the more you can make at home or at least choose yourself ahead of time (instead of relying on cafeterias and the local corner stores), the more you can be sure your kids are getting healthy, tasty, additive-free nutrition. For fussy eaters it can help to get them involved in the whole process, from shopping, to baking, to packing! Being careful not to over pack can help reduce food waste, and if your child’s school doesn’t have a food composting program you can encourage them to bring their leftovers home for composting. And don’t forget that we’re really lucky to now have loads of eco-friendly lunch box and bag options as well as reusable food wraps.
Green Tips For Drinks
We also have loads of cute and colourful options available for reusable water bottles and non-disposable straws, that can be used for all kinds of drinks, and it can be really fun for kids to pick their own! Be sure to check your beverage choices for added sugars. It can also be good to have a chat with kids about the importance of staying hydrated, and how they can refill their reusable water bottle at school fountains. Let them know it can help their energy, mood, and concentration!
Green Tips For School Supplies
A new year, a new list and set of school supplies! If you start off by having a good hunt around at home, you may find you already have quite a few of the items on the list. For what you do need to buy new it’s good to keep in mind that some brands use less packaging than others, and that you can look for paper and notebooks made out of recycled, acid-free papers. There are also biodegradable pens on the market now!
Green Tips For Getting Outside
If you have time to walk with your kids, or if it’s safe for them to walk, ride, or scoot without adult supervision—or even if you can get them to the schoolyard a bit early from time to time—a little exercise and fresh air before the bell rings can be great for focus in the classroom, and can contribute to overall health. Find a non-toxic sunscreen to protect them from the sun and remind them to reapply it for recess and lunch breaks, especially on extra-sunny days!
We wish you and your little ones all the best for the new school year!