Five Wild Picks / Green Back to School
Across the country kids are returning to classrooms. And back-to-school season inevitably means back-to-school shopping. The new supplies, clothes and trips to the store can take a toll on the environment.
But heading back to school doesn't have to hurt wildlife. Here are five ways to keep it sustainable while hitting the books:
1) Pack plant-powered lunches. Lunches filled with protein-rich, plant-based options are healthy and also help keep extinction off your student's plate.
2) Plan a carpool. If you aren't catching the bus, carpooling with families living nearby is a great way to save gas as well as energy.
3) Skip fast fashion. Kids grow fast, and that means replacing clothing often. Instead of heading to the mall for cheap pieces, peruse thrift stores or organize a community kids' clothing swap.
4) Be smart about school supplies. Families are often tasked with supplying a big list of classroom items. Choose products made of recycled materials, reuse what you can from last year and only buy what your kids really need.
5) Choose a wildlife-friendly service project. Get students involved in environmental protection by helping organize activities such as trail cleanup, greenspace restoration or coordination with local wildlife groups.