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1_Before starting the new school year, check your old school supplies. Many of last year's supplies can be reused or recycled.
2_Many schools reuse textbooks to save money and reduce waste. Share your used books with friends, relatives, or lower grade students.
3_Make a list before buying your school supplies, it will help you remember what you wanted to buy and limit your impulses to buy. When you have a plan, it's easier to do it.
4_Buy used things in second-hand stores. This is an inexpensive way to get a variety of merchandise, and retro fashions always catch on again.
5_ Packaging waste makes up more than 30 percent of all waste that is generated each year. Use school supplies that come wrapped with minimal packaging; use compact or concentrated products; or buy products that come in bulk sizes.
6_Save packaging, colored paper, egg cartons, and other items for arts and crafts projects. Find ways to reduce the amount of packaging you throw away and recycle!
7_Lining textbooks with cut-out paper shopping or grocery bags helps reduce waste and keep books in good condition. Get creative — use markers or colored pencils to give the covers a unique touch and clever designs. Paper grocery bags and newspapers are also perfect for wrapping packages.
8_Use non-toxic products, inks, and art supplies, such as plant-based inks, white tape instead of eraser, and water-based paints, and less mercury-free batteries.
9_Keep newly purchased items. Students often lose small items such as pens and pencils. Make a conscious effort to put school supplies in a safe place each day. Not only will this reduce waste, but it will save you a headache if you lose something important.
10_If you take your lunch to school, pack it in reusable containers instead of disposable ones, and put it in reusable cloth or plastic bags. Carry drinks in thermos of water instead of bottles or disposable containers.
11_If you buy your lunch, take and use only what you need: a napkin, a package of ketchup sauce, a package of salt and one of pepper, a set of cutlery. Remember to recycle cans and bottles, and separate garbage if the school has separate containers.
12_Take public transportation to go to school. But if you drive, carpool with a friend (or two). Both will help prevent fuel waste, reduce air pollution, and reduce traffic in the community.
13_Put high-quality, durable tires on your car and bike. Make sure you keep your tires inflated to the correct gauge
14_ Borrow or rent decorations and supplies for parties, dances, and proms. If you buy these supplies, try to adopt a theme that can be used from one year to the next so that you can reuse the decorations and supplies. The school theater or acting class is a perfect place to start looking for accessories and decorations.