Nurturing Eco-Friendly Habits
As the school bells ring in a new academic year, it's a wonderful opportunity for students, parents, and teachers to embrace eco-friendly practices that benefit the environment and cultivate a sense of responsibility and sustainability. As your local waste and recycling source, we want to share various green tips that can be incorporated into your busy daily lives, leading to a healthier and happier school year. Making a big impact is simple if we collectively commit to new small daily routines.
1. Choose Eco-Friendly School Supplies:
When shopping for school supplies, opt for environmentally friendly items. Look for products made from recycled materials, such as notebooks, binders, and pencils. To reduce plastic waste, consider reusable options like refillable ink pens and mechanical pencils.
2. Pack a Waste-Free Lunch:
Ditch single-use plastic bags and disposable containers. Instead, use reusable lunch containers, cloth napkins, and stainless steel or glass water bottles. Encourage your kids to help pack their lunches with various wholesome foods, minimizing pre-packaged snacks that generate excess waste.
3. Embrace Energy Efficiency:
Turn off lights and electronics when they're not in use. Unplugging chargers and electronics when they're fully charged can help save energy and reduce electricity bills. Educate students about the importance of conserving energy and encourage them to adopt energy-saving practices at school and home.
4. Reduce Paper Waste:
Promote digital note-taking and assignments whenever possible. Use laptops or tablets to access online resources and submit assignments electronically. When printing is necessary, encourage double-sided printing to save paper.
5. Practice Responsible Recycling:
Educate students about proper recycling practices. Ensure that recycling bins are clearly labeled and conveniently placed around the school. Teach students which items are recyclable and which should be disposed of properly.
The BVR Waste & Recycling Blog is a great place to look for your recycling basics!
Click HERE to view our acceptable materials document.
6. Reduce Plastic Use:
Encourage students to use reusable containers instead of disposable plastic packaging for snacks and drinks. Plastic waste is a primary environmental concern, and every small step toward reducing its usage counts.
Read our article on paper bags HERE.
7. Educate and Advocate:
With great power comes great responsibility! Once you become an expert recycler, share the wisdom with your kids, students, and friends. Empower them to advocate for new daily routines, such as reducing plastic use, properly recycling, and conserving power.
The start of a new school year is an opportunity to embark on a journey toward a more sustainable lifestyle. By integrating these green tips into our daily routines, we can create a collective impact that extends beyond the classroom walls. Let's inspire a generation of environmentally conscious individuals who understand their role in preserving the planet for future generations. As students, parents, and educators, we have the power to make a difference, one eco-friendly choice at a time.