Add “Reuse, Reduce, Recycle” to the original three-R’s (reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic)
During the school year, each student will create 240 pounds of waste.
- The average family with school age children will spend $594.24 on back-to-school purchases this year!
- During the school year, the average school throws away 38 tons of paper, the equivalent of 644 trees!
- Each year, six billion pens are thrown away in the U.S.!
- During the school year, each elementary school cafeteria creates 18,760 pounds of waste.
- Schools use more than $6 billion in energy every year and about $1.5 billion (or enough to hire about 30,000 new teachers) is wasted due to inefficiency!
Be Part of the Solution
How do our children become more environmentally friendly?
- Instead of buying lunch from the cafeteria, pack a healthy, organic waste-free lunch in a metal or PVC-free reusable lunch bag and a stainless steel water bottle!
- Before shopping, take a careful inventory of what you already have, like pencils, notebooks, glue sticks, markers, paper, etc.
- Help your child’s school start an edible garden on the campus.
- If possible, carpool! You can cut your weekly fuel costs in half if you take turns driving (or better yet ride the school bus, 31% of students live less than a mile from home, so even better, walk or bike).
- Buy used textbooks and sell back at the end of the year.
- Almost half of the money spent on back to school shopping goes to buying clothes, why not try a flea market, yard sale or thrift store like SPC’s Dollars for Scholars Thrift Store?
- Look for recycled pencils and refillable pens packed in recycled packaging.
- Turn off your computer at night! A computer left on 24 hours a day costs you between $115 and $160 in electricity annually!
- Reduce word document margins to .75” and turn scrap paper into note pads.
- Buy paper with the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled content possible, and processed chlorine free (PCF), like New Leaf Paper for printers, and Mead Recycled Notebooks for school.
- Help your child’s school start a recycling program.
- Print double sided and only what is necessary!
To learn more about sustainability at St Petersburg College, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.spcollege.edu/sustainability.