5 Tips for "Going Green" this School Year
Going back to school reminds us of notebooks full of paper, colored flyers with the latest school updates & news being sent home, and countless sheets with math problems and vocabulary words. Is it possible to go back to school while still being eco-friendly? Of course it is! Even the tiniest of steps can make a huge different for the environment, and you can even save your school money on supplies. Keep reading to see what YOU can do to make this year a greener one!
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2. Encourage your families to attend your fall carnival/festival with their own reusable bag from home. Entice them with prizes or extra tickets just for being eco-friendly.
3. Make every school event a chance to recycle. Have apporpriate bins set up at big school functions and committee meetings (for bottles, paper, etc). Also be sure to encourage families to use their own mugs and cups for their coffee, juices, and hot chocolate at school community nights and fundraisers.
4. Change up your usual fundraisers for ones that feature “green” products like reusable labels, flower bulbs, all natural products, and fair trade coffees or chocolates. A new repertoire can be exciting for school families, help raise more money, and promote an Earth-friendly mindeset.
5. Start a Green Team! This team of parents and staff can help reduce, reuse, and recycle in every aspect of school and really make a difference. To make things easy, you can use VolunteerSpot to organize the members and their duties. Check out green team ideas and signups, click HERE