Are you ready for back to school? If you go to the stores right now you will find tons of supplies but much of it is so wasteful. To help everyone have a greener school year several bloggers have come together to share great tips and ideas.
Fundraisers are often wasteful but they are necessary for many schools, so what can you do? The Greening of Westford has some great ideas for greener fundraising that will help your school get the funds you need without all the waste.
Amy over at Veritey has put together a list of 10 healthy snacks that will help your kids be at their best. And don’t worry busy moms, they are all super easy. Amy also has some great tips for avoiding toxins when picking out backpacks.
Speaking of backpacks, Lori at Groovy Green Livin has a non-toxic preschool backpack guide that is perfect for those kids just starting out. And with the backpacks starting at just $17, these backpacks won’t break the bank. And if you have older kids, check out her non-toxics backpacks for elementary kids guide. The backpacks on that list start at just $25! Being green doesn’t have to cost a lot.
It’s not just backpacks that may be toxic but the Green Sisterhood has us covered with a great post about toxic free school supplies, which features their interview with Mike Schade of Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ).
Lindsay Dahl has some more information on keeping your kids safe at school by avoiding toxins. She also talks about promoting healthy school lunches.
Need after-school snack ideas? Healthful Mama has 50 after-school snack ideas for you. You can even great some great printables to make it even easier.
As someone with asthma I know the importance of good indoor air quality and often it’s not great at schools. But thankfully, Green Child Magazine has some great information on creating a healthier, cleaner classroom for your child.
Creating waste-free lunches are a great way to reduce a lot of waste, around 67 pounds per child, per year! Eco-Novice has a great list of waste-free lunch products that can help you make your own kit.
Green Oklahoma also shared information on waste-free lunches. Their waste-free lunch guide includes what to look for and what to avoid when creating your kit.
Green4U shared even more great info for waste-free lunches, include some tips for food. With all this great info it will be a breeze to start making waste-free lunches.
Are you homeschooling or helping do a project at your kids school? Alicia from The Soft Landing shared a great post about making your own non-toxic finger paints and other ways to avoid the toxins in finger paints on the Green Sisterhood that is sure to please kids and parents alike.
Be sure to visit these great blogs and if you have tips just share in the comments below or on Retro Housewife Goes Green’s Facebook page.