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Head Back to School With These 3 Recycling Tips!

School has officially started for most, which means tax-free weekend was spent in chaotic superstores frantically grabbing the best deals on supplies listed on your student’s school supply list. It might have seemed like déja vu as you looked at their list and noticed some of the supplies listed, contemplating whether you’ve already bought them or not.

Getting the kids ready for back to school doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. As you start tying up loose ends in preparation for their return to school, keep these 3 money-saving recycling tips in mind!

School Supplies – Those mega-discounts might lure you in, but before you go on a supply shopping spree, check to see which items are on your kid’s list and compare it to the inventory that’s likely still sitting in their backpack from last school year. Lightly used supplies in good working condition are perfect to use again! For items not checked off the list, try finding materials that have been recycled such as binders, notepads, or paper.

Clothes – It’s the beginning of a new school year, so of course you can’t send your student off without a new back-to-school wardrobe! But before you bolt out the door in search of the latest outfits, check to see if any clothes still fit from the year before and breathe new life into them by jazzing them up or pairing them with different bottoms or tops. If your student is going through a growth spurt, try hosting a clothing-swap party with friends and neighbors or popping in to thrift stores to give apparel a second life.

Lunches – We get it - cafeteria food doesn’t always seem appetizing! Or maybe you like to pack a lunch so you can monitor the nutrition that your child is receiving. Whichever the case, if you are planning to pack a delicious meal, skip the brown paper bags! Instead, consider spending a few bucks on a lunch box that’ll last a few years. Re-usable plastic sandwich bags, containers, and water bottles are also a more earth-friendly option than disposable juice boxes, cans, and bottles.

Parents are the biggest influence in their children’s lives. By being more mindful of the earth we live in, you can encourage your child to do the same as they grow up. A great way to achieve this is to get them involved by encouraging them with a rewards system. Incentives such as pizza parties, sleepovers, camping trips, etc., are good ways to get them involved!

Recycling is as easy as 1, 2, 3! As you prepare for your back-to-school shopping, think of ways you can help protect the environment. For all your recycling questions and needs, check us out at acegrease.com!

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