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Go green back to schoolFall is in the air and that means kids going back to school! I asked my friend Erin, teacher, mother of two and Co-Editor at Simply Real Moms for some simple, green, back to school tips.


Go Back-to-School in GREEN Style


It’s that time of year again- time for kids to go back-to-school! Raising your kids to make green choices involves making lifestyle choices, including as many aspects of their life as possible. Sometimes that’s harder then it sounds! Here are some tips to be more eco-friendly this year when sending your children to school.

1. Reduce your carbon footprint. Your child might not like to ride the bus, or you might live close enough to school that busing isn’t an option. But that doesn’t mean your child needs a ride to and from school every day! Try walking together or even starting a carpool with other parents. Riding the city bus is an option in some areas!

2. Be smart about packing lunches. Sure, it might be easy to grab a juice box and prepackaged foods, throw them in a paper lunch sack and send your child on her way. You can make lunch a very green meal in ways other then sending salad, though! Use a lunchbox and reusable containers. I love the Skip Hop lunchboxes and Planet Wise snack bags! You can even use a thermos for drinks! Other children will probably even be jealous of your child’s neat lunch gadgets and ask their parents to pack lunches in reusable containers!

3. Back-to-school clothes. Before buying new clothes, check out your local consignment shops for clothes. Some schools who use uniforms even offer uniform exchanges where you take the uniform that no longer fits and exchange it for a different size. If you are set on buying new clothes, you can still pass down your child’s older clothes to a consignment shop or families you know.

4. Buy local. Support your local shops! Buy clothes for school and food for lunches from locally owned shops when you can!

These are some ways I try to make eco-friendly choices when sending my children to school. Do you have any back-to-school tips for staying green?

About Erin:
Erin is a single mom of two who is also a teacher. She is a co-editor ofSimply Real Moms, an online parenting magazine.


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About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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6 Responses to Go Back-to-School in GREEN Style

  1. Erin wrote a guest post for Natural Living Mamma about going back to school and staying green in the process!…

  2. nancy says:

    I think one of the things to teach kids too is a voluntary simplicity mode- not to get caught up in the first place with having everything NEW. Buy thrift clothes most of the time, although I never bought my kids used shoes. Get them started early about not getting caught up in commercialism. Get away from the “Well, HE has a cell phone” mentality. The mental battle should be first, IMO.

  3. We homeschool, so it’s pretty easy for us. lol
    As far as clothes go, the girls wear hand-me-downs as long as they are still in good shape. When leggings or sweat pants get holes in the knees, they get cut into shorts and used for pajamas or for them to wear under a dress or skirt so that they can play without worrying. 🙂 The leftovers are turned into cleaning rags. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! 🙂

  4. abigail says:

    I think this stuf is really under rated by a lot of people. We create so much waste ans teach such bad habits about food with our children’s lunches. Brilliant post!

    • Amanda says:

      I agree completely! And it only takes a little bit more work than throwing a lunchable in a plastic bag and sending that to school, but the outcome is so much better!

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