Go green tips for Back to School

It feels good to be doing something for the environment and what better time than the Back to School period.

Recycle used materials for art projects and storage, such as old magazines, newspapers, papers, coloured papers, and yoghurt and ice-cream containers. Keep lids from unwanted jars and bottles and the cores of toilet rolls and carton rolls. This can help children understand how to recycle old stuffs, teach them economy and at the same time unleash their creativity.

Lift clubs are a practical way to save on fuel and lessen your carbon footprint. If you are close enough try getting into the habit of walking, or biking. Not only will you be getting out into nature to appreciate it more, you will benefit from the exercise.

Bulk buying of stationery and school supplies will save you money in the long run. With a variety of Back to School promotions available from November through to February, you can cash in on two-for-one and combo packs as well. Consider shopping out of peak season too. Not only will you be extra prepared for the year ahead and not have to make any rush or convenience buys but you will also score on out of season mark downs.

Help your children to reduce the amount of garbage produced in school by only using non-disposable containers for lunch, snacks and liquids. Today’s modern lunch boxes offer compartmentalised spaces so foods are kept separate and cool and fresh.

Finally, acquaint yourself with those South African brands which follow the sustainability ethos and manufacture green back-to-school products.

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