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Sustainability During the School Year

The new school year has begun here in Arizona.  A new school year means new beginnings, and learning new things.  I love that my children have been learning about protecting the planet and making more sustainable choices.  Their school started a garden, and thankfully, using a bit less paper during the year.

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The EPA says: Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.

Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment

You can make choices everyday to help your family more sustainable.

Walk to school

If possible, walk your children to school.  A simple walk can help reduce emissions and reduce traffic.  Not to mention that you will use less gas…saving you money as well.  Your children could also be ready to walk themselves if you need help making that important decision, check out my post on Letting kids walk to school.


Walking may not be possible, due to circumstances or even distance.  Carpooling can also help dramatically.  Find a group of parents willing to swap days with you.  I take a couple of girls home on Mondays and Tuesday, and their mom takes my girls home on Thursday and Friday.  Taking another car off the road can significantly help reduce the impact on the environment.

Use Reusable Containers

Landfills are full of plastic bags and boxes. Pack your kid’s lunch in reusable containers.  There are even reusable snack snacks you can get that can be rinsed out. There are so many really cute options out there.  Your kids will just need a gentle reminder to bring everything home every day!

SustainabilityBuy used
My kids school uses uniforms.  Each year they ask the kid to bring in a used uniform to donate to the school. Most of the kids want to donate so they can earn free dress down days, but we parents willingly donate because we know before the next school year begins, the PTA will sell the uniforms.  I get most of my girls uniforms from the used uniform sale. Online Facebook swap groups, thrift stores and yard sales are also great places to get school clothes.  It’s amazing what people buy and never use.


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What #smallstep will you make in your family?

Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations

Monday 25th of August 2014

These are great ideas. I love how you guys swap uniforms!

Stefani Tolson

Thursday 21st of August 2014

We live close enough to all of my children's schools so they can walk. I do give rides on days when it is raining but I like living close to save on gas.


Thursday 21st of August 2014

I love that we live three blocks from the elementary school. We always walk when the weather allows.

Liz Mays

Thursday 21st of August 2014

My sister and her girls did a uniform swap every year for their school too. It saved them tons of money.

Tammi @ My Organized Chaos

Thursday 21st of August 2014

I just bought tons of reusable containers, woot! We live way too far away to walk but we do carpool a ton each week!

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