As families across British Columbia get ready to send their kids back to school, here are some tips to help families make this a green school year:
- When shopping for school supplies, buy products that are reusable or have recyclable packaging, and reuse leftover school supplies from the previous school year.
- Encourage children to use the water fountains at school, instead of relying on bottled water.
- Help your children to become active in an existing recycling club at school, or to start one themselves.
- Recycle as much waste as possible and aim to produce waste-free lunches for your children by sending food in reusable containers and bags, and by avoiding pre-packaged and processed foods.
- Clean waxed paper, plastic bags and tinfoil can be reused several times, and instead of including pre-packaged drinks in school lunches, a small thermos of cold milk or juice will cut down on unnecessary packaging.
- Buy good-quality, long-lasting products that can be handed down to younger children.
- Use cold water when washing clothing.
- Encourage children to take shorter showers using a restricted-flow shower head.
- Make sure children turn off taps when brushing their teeth instead of wasting water.
- Encourage children to turn off lights, electronic devices and computers when not in use.
On the Road:
- Walk or cycle with your children to school instead of driving to reduce vehicle emissions.
- Encourage your children to take public transit to school as often as possible or arrange a neighbourhood carpool.
- Join a car-sharing co-operative for school commutes instead of owning a car.
- If you must drive children to school, combine the drive with some errands you need to get done.
- Maintain proper tire inflation, check your tires weekly, and schedule regular maintenance checks for your car.
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