Monday, January 31, 2011

Go Green! Week #5

I picked up this book at the local consignment shop, Treasures & More, for $1.00. 
The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time
I am a passionate recycler, electricity saver, and cheapskate so I will be sharing a few helpful hints from each chapter with my readers that will not only help our environment but rock your inner frugality at the same time!  Check out these top three hints from this chapter below.
Chapter 5: School
#1 - Paper.  Use both sides of your paper.  Get the school to buy recycled paper or paper without chlorine.  If all paper use was cut in half it would clear the space currently taken up by one THOUSAND landfills.
#2 - Lunches.  Pack waste free lunches, e.g. no baggies, plastic silverware, napkins, or disposable lunch bags.  Get reusable lunch sacks, bring real utensils and Tupperware like containers to bring home for washing every night.  It would save the average person $250 per year in cost of buying those disposables plus it would save the amount of waste equal to the weight of a 9 year old from going into the landfill.
#3 - Walk to school when possible.  If not possible carpool or ride the bus.  Parents who take their children to school individually are wasting gas (and precious space during rush hour times!).  Plus its spoiling your kids (that's my take not the authors BTW)

Are you a school professional? How has your school implemented environmentally friendly habits?  Please share!

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