5 Ways to Green Your Child's School Year

Welcome to the August 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Your School Year.

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by

Happy Mothering

and the

Green Moms Network

. This month, our members are getting ready for back to school. Stop by all of the posts listed at the bottom of mine to get ideas on how you can make simple changes to make the school year more eco-friendly and natural.

Greening your child's school year isn't too hard to do and with a few small changes, you can help make their school year a little more green. There are bound to be many, many more ways you can green their school year; this is just a simple list for you to make small changes. Remember, small changes lead to big results!

1. Send them with their own lunch.

Pack a healthy lunch full of locally grown produce and of course full of healthy options. Stay away from processed, manufactured food such as Lunchables and pre-made sandwiches (these are full of toxins and carcinogens).

2. Pack lunch in a stainless steel lunchbox.

There are some super adorable and creative stainless steel lunchboxes on the market these days. Stainless steel (or glass) is the healthiest option to pack food in as it reduces the food's exposure to chemicals. Plastic containers DO leach toxins into food! Try




for some fun food containers.

3. Strive for recycled paper products.

Typically children have to bring notebooks, paper, tissue paper, Kleenex, paper towels and so on to their schools. GO green with these products! You may even impress the teacher.

4. Strive for non toxic products.

There are numerous brands out there that produce non toxic crayons, paints, markers, glues and so on. While popular brands like Crayola and Elmer's say "non toxic," I can assure you that there are even better, more natural products out there. We love

Eco Kids


5. Be active and be involved.

Be a voice in your child's school by being present in parent committees, meetings and so on. Perhaps you can give your green opinions and share your knowledge!

What are some ways that you can green your child's school year?


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