Back-to-school green tips all of us can use

Can you believe it’s almost time to head back to school again?  Approximately 76 million kids, teens and adults will be heading back to the classroom this fall. With back-to-school shopping, August and September are months of major consumption for Americans.  While you’re stocking up on back-to-school supplies, make sure you’re making environmentally responsible choices.  Listed below are five tips from USAgain to help you go green while you’re going back to school.

  1. Use the Snack Taxi.  All those plastic bags for sandwiches and snacks in school lunches add up.  Keep it green by packing snacks in these cute, reusable and washable sacks.  Check out to find out where to buy them.
  2. In with the new – out with the old. When you’re cleaning out the closet to make room for all the new back-to-school duds make sure you recycle old clothes.  Check out our homepage to find locations for drop boxes where you can easily dispose of last year’s styles.
  3.  Every page counts.  Make sure that you are buying notebooks made from 100 percent post-consumer materials.  New Leaf Paper makes stylish and affordable notes books that are available at Target, and they’ve saved almost 2.5 million trees doing it.
  4.  Buy used books.  Better World Books offers a huge selection of used books for reasonable prices, and for every book that you buy, they donate one to someone in need.
  5. If you’re buying a new computer this season make sure you responsibly dispose of the old one. is a great resource for finding a place to quickly and easily recycle electronics in your community.

Stay tuned for more from USAgain!

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