Back to School with Athens Services Supplies Guide
Shop smarter and reduce waste this school year with the help of Athens Services.
It’s time to gear up for back to school! With a new year getting under way, now is a good time to form some new habits when it comes to gathering school supplies. With the help of Athens Services, you can reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills and save money. Here are some tips on how to be more sustainable while still being prepared to succeed this school year.
Decide What You NEED
Before you step foot into a store, narrow down what is needed for school and try not to stray from that list. Consult with your school to find out what supplies will be required to avoid wasting money on unneeded materials.
Reuse Supplies from Last Year
Once you have your list assembled, look at what you already have. Dust off that backpack and sharpen those pencils. If you have items that are in good condition, get some more use out of them.
If your items are too worn or no longer needed, recycle what you can, such as paper, cardboard, and medium-to-large plastics. Keep in mind that, if you want to recycle old notebooks, you must remove their metal spine before putting them in the recycle bin. Likewise, items such as pens, staplers, and white-out containers go in the trash.
Lunch Time = Time for Reusables
Brown bags and plastic snack bags are so last year; invest in reusable bags and containers to store lunches. Not only will they keep food fresh, but there are also many trendy designs so your students can go to school in style!
If your student’s school has an organics program, be sure they separate their food scraps at lunchtime to help reduce the amount of food scraps that goes to landfills.
Change the Way You Shop
Consider products made from recycled materials. Buy durable items that can be used for years to come. Consider making the switch from a traditional paper notebook to a digital approach to reduce paper consumption.
If clothes are on your back-to-school list, check out local thrift stores. You can find lightly used items from great brands at a reduced price, which saves money but also helps cut back on fabric waste.
Back-to-school shopping can be stressful, but with these tips, you can save money and reduce how much waste ends up in landfills. Make shopping for school fun by getting the whole family involved; that way kids learn about shopping wisely and choose items they will enjoy using for years to come. You can even start adapting sustainability to other parts of your lifestyle; find out more at Athens’ home and office sustainability pages.
Check out this back-to-school video for more tips!