The summer is almost over and a lot of you will be preparing for your children to go back to school, especially this weekend being tax-free for many states. How to do this in an environmental way?
Reduce & Reuse
You don't need to buy new supplies every year. Reuse backpacks, pencils, pens, rulers, scissors, etc.
Paper products: Buy recycled paper, journals, notebooks, etc. Get crayons made out of beeswax or soy rather than petroleum based. There are new office/school supplies coming out all the time that are made out of recycled products, or reduce waste in some way. Look for the new recycled pens, or the recycled pencils made from denim. There are so many companies looking to do better in their impact on the environment. Support them if you can!
And if you have the will and the means, why not supply some of these environmental supplies to the teachers or for those students less fortunate.
Not only will you be helping the planet, but you'll pass on these lessons to your children. It's a win-win, don't you think?