It’s time for the kids to head back to school. Here are some simple tips to encourage healthy habits and get them off to a great start!
Choose Non-Toxic Supplies
Purchasing non-toxic and eco-friendly supplies is safer for your child and great for the environment.
- Choose backpacks and binders that are not made with PVC or vinyl.
- Avoid scented markers, erasers, and other supplies.
- Avoid products labeled “antimicrobial” or “antibacterial”.
Pack a Safe and Nutritious Lunch
Good nutrition supports learning in the classroom.
- Choose lunch containers that are free of lead, BPA, PVC, and antimicrobials.
- Pack water in a stainless steel or BPA-free bottle. Skip the extra sugar in juice and soda.
- Avoid processed foods. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables and shop organic when
- Avoid containers with the recycling symbols #3, #6 and #7, which can contain harmful
- Encourage your school to adopt a healthy lunch plan.
Shop Smart for Clothes
Kids outgrow clothing quickly. If you shop for new clothes stick to natural fibers such as
cotton or wool.
- The clothing industry is a major contributor to climate change and pollution. Shop second-hand and consignment stores or choose hand-me-downs when possible.
- Avoid clothes with stain-resistant, wrinkle-free, or odor-fighting features.
- Avoid sandals, shoes, boots, or rain gear made with PVC or vinyl.
Green the Commute
Help reduce air pollution, a major contributor to childhood asthma.
- Walk or bike to school if possible.
- If walking or biking isn’t an option, set up a carpool or use public transportation.
- Turn off your car when waiting in school drop-off and pick-up lines. Start an anti-idling campaign at your school!
Educate Your Family
Teaching your children why it’s important to make greener choices will encourage them
to take their own action to protect the environment.