How To: Back to School the Sustainable way!

How To: Back to School the Sustainable way!

Today was the first day back at school for so many. Children back in their desks and young adults getting their timetables for their first day at university. It’s an exciting time.

At this time, you’re probably seeing “back to school” deals everywhere. 50 percent off this, Two-For-One on that…it can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, we can get in the happen of seeing a good deal and buying much more than what we need.

Here’s some tips to help you start the school year off on the right track.

tips for sustainable clothing shoppingLook at your closets carefully before getting ready to shop those back-to-school deals. It’s so easy to get caught up in the sales, that you can be buying clothes that you may already have! In Canada, the average person throws out 81lbs of clothing annually. Cutting down on this number looks like investing in good quality clothing that will last many seasons, staying away from trends and focusing on purchasing staple/classic pieces. And again…check the closet before you shop! 
    sustainable lunch essentialsLunchtime essentials! A good lunchbox filed with containers and reusable cutlery is a fantastic way to cut down the amount of plastic a household produces. When shopping for one, make sure to keep an eye out for a lunchbox that can handle spills, is easily cleanable, and is made from good quality material (to last you many more school years).


    carpooling is a great way to be sustainable when travelling to work or school

    Carpooling with other parents in the neighbourhood. Look to see if there are any children in your neighbourhood who go to the same school (or nearby) as your child and see if their parents are interested in carpooling. You can start by reaching out to a facebook group or other social group in your neighbourhood or school. Carpooling is a great way to not only save on gas and reduce gas emissions, but you are also saving time and creating great relationships with your community. 

    teaching kids about gardening early on will help build skills for life

    Start teaching your kids about green living early. A great way to make sure that your children are living with a green mindset is to start teaching them about the importance of being eco-conscious early. Instilling these values is how we make sure the next generation is continuing this work of being eco-conscious. If you have a garden, that’s a great way to teach about composting, and chores like taking the trash out is an opportunity to discuss the 3R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle). Get them involved in annual events like Earth Day and Earth hour, see if there is an eco-club at their school, and make sure to lead with fun!

    back to school shopping - the sustainable way. shop local

    Support Local. Instead of going to superstore giant businesses for your back-to-school shopping, see if there are local businesses around you that have what you need and are committed to working in an eco-friendly manner. It’s a great way to support your community, and in a business where sustainability is an important part of their production.


    That’s it! Happy Back-To-School season for you all. Fall is just around the corner, and we can’t wait for a new season, and for upcoming weekly blogs. Stay tuned for more! 

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