Ready or not, a new school year is about to start! Maybe you are totally prepared and ready to send your kids to school in green & healthy style, but if you are like most of us, you've still got a few things to figure out...
Whether you are looking for eco-friendly school supplies, healthy lunch ideas or tips for how to green your school, the gals from the Green Moms Carnival will steer you in the right direction, in this 4th annual installment of our popular back-to-school blog carnival!!
Back to school is synonymous with shopping and even those of us who strive to buy less almost always have to purchase a thing or two. Here's how to make those purchases greener, cleaner and healthier for everyone involved:
Tiffany at Nature Moms is full of ideas for greener back-to-school shopping from clothes to shoes to lunch gear to school supplies.
Harriet at Climate Mama gives us the scoop on Naked Binder and tells us why she admires the sustainability and educational stand the company is making.
Over at Groovy Green Livin, Lori reminds us what to look for in reusable products and shares her top 6 product picks for eco-friendly lunches.
Betsy at Eco-novice shares her favorite eco-friendly lunch gear including some rockin' waterproof, zippered bags that I purchased immediately after reading her post!
Always full of great ideas, Beth at My Plastic-free Life recommends her favorite, plastic-free lunch containers and bags. (Pssst...she's got a giveaway!)
Lisa from Retro Housewife Goes Green lists her fav reusable lunch items - including People Towels - adorable, printed reusable towels that are perfect for a child's lunchbox!
The antibacterial trend is still alive and well and many of us will find hand sanitizers and other antibacterial products on our school supply lists. Sommer from Green & Clean Mom talks about why that's not a good thing and suggests some safer alternatives.
On a similar note, Jennifer from The Smart Mama wonders why antimicrobial Microban has taken over the school supply aisle.
Katie from Non-Toxic Kids shares her eco-friendly shopping tips including a darling, toxin-free nap mat!
As fun as it may be to pick out a brand new lunchbox or set of fancy notebooks, a big part of being green, means BUYING LESS and being more mindful of your purchases:
Lynn from OrganicMania encourages us to follow the 5 R's: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle and provides some great tips for buying durable products that will last year to year.
Do we really need all this stuff? Karen at Best of Mother Earth urges us to stop and think before we run out and buy new shoes and school supplies that we might not really need.
Sommer at Green & Clean Mom reminds us that we don't have to spend a fortune on back-to-school. She's got 5 budget-saving tips including shopping on e-Bay and reusing items from previous years.
Anna from Green Talk recommends shopping for school supplies in your own home before heading to the office supply store.
Our kids may be away from us during the day, but that doesn't mean we can't influence what they eat at school:
Deirdre from Plan It Healthier shares some healthy, lunch box ready recipes including a very intriguing Chocolate Hummus (made with garbanzo beans and cocoa!) and some mouth watering muffins: Apple Cheddar, Blueberry Cornmeal and Avocado Chocolate (yes, you read that correctly!)
This post may be a couple years old, but my tips for healthy lunchbox meals, snacks and sweets will still point you in the right direction for a delicious and nutritious school year!
Deanna at Crunchy Chicken is reminded of the gross school lunches at her kids' school and wishes that Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution staff would pay a visit...pronto!
If you want your child to eat a healthy lunch at school, get them involved in the process. That's some sage advice from Sommer at Green & Clean Mom in her post about better school lunches.
Jennifer Lee at Crunch a Color suggests using the following formula for power lunches: protein + 3 colors + healthy grains. Makes good sense to me!
Want your child's school to be a greener, healthier place? You're probably going to have to roll up your sleeves and do something about it!
Sometimes it takes a food fight to get reusable lunch trays - as we see in this inspiring example from Diane at Big Green Purse.
We may be sending our kids to school with organic, eco-friendly lunches, but what about those smelly old yellow school buses, spewing toxic emissions? Deanna at Crunchy Chicken talks about what you can do to demand change.
Instead of taking the yellow school bus, how about creating a walking school bus? Here's a post I wrote last year about a walking school bus right in my neighborhood!
If you really want to jump-start back-to-school, then take your child to an environmental activism event. Harriet at Climate Mama lists the events she recommends attending, including the Tar Sands Action at the White House where she will be protesting the XL Keystone Pipeline that would carry oil from Alberta, Canada to Texas.
Abbie at Farmer's Daughter talks about the controversy over teaching climate change in schools. She's a teacher in Connecticut and she knows just how controversial it can be.
Amber at Strocel.com rates her own efforts on shopping and commuting in her green back-to-school report card. Not surprisingly, the school supplies are the toughest eco-hurdle to meet. She also rates her school on green efforts and wonders how the rest of us keep our schools green.
Do you homeschool? Tiffany at Nature Moms has a checklist of activities to help you get prepared for the new school year at home!
What are your favorite green back-to-school tips? Please share!