As the school year gets into full swing, the little things that can help the environment are likely to slip the mind of students and teachers alike. Instead, studying and ensuring papers are submitted and graded will be at the forefront of many minds. As it should be – education is important. Even so, it doesn’t hurt to remember some simple ways to ensure the planet gets as much attention as schoolwork does. In this month’s Refinishing Resource, we’re giving the back-to-schoolers some tips that will make this year the greenest yet.
-Recycle. This should be a no-brainer but unfortunately recycling isn’t as prevalent in schools as it needs to be. Proper disposal of your water bottles (or better yet, carrying a refillable bottle) will prevent unnecessary waste.
-Commute smarter. Just because you can drive across campus or town doesn’t mean you have to. Look into bikes or public transportation for your ride to class. Also, keep in mind that carpooling isn’t just for business professionals – it’s good for students and teachers too.
-Get involved. In the past, we’ve discussed how some schools have high participation rates involving green initiatives at schools, and how others falter. To help your school stand out, get involved and promote progress. It’s only through people getting involved that we’ve seen positive action taken – for example, plastic bottled water sales being banned at some schools.
-Save your stuff. This tip is for later in the year. When the time comes, don’t think that because the school year is over, all your items can be tossed. We’ve talked with those involved in programs to help incoming students get lightly used furniture that’s better than what’s provided by the school. How many times have you thrown something out, only to realize later that you could’ve still used it? Save yourself the frustration – restore or donate the things you think you’re done using instead.
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