Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Finding Plastic-Free School Supplies

Every September, parents crowd stores like Wal-Mart and KMart to pick up a whole new set of school supplies for the upcoming year. Most of these supplies are plastic as it is a "cheap" material that will give kids at least a few months of use before it breaks or gets lost. But if you are trying to reduce the amount of plastic in your life, it can be difficult to find non-plastic replacements for these tools. Here is a guide for finding great non-plastic school supplies:

What Are Your Options to Reduce Plastic in Your Kids' Lives?

Many families are choosing to live a less plastic life. As more information comes to light on the environmental impact of plastic with its inability to biodegrade and the health risks of leaching chemicals and hormone disruptors into our foods, many are just saying "no" to buying more plastic.

When it comes to your children's school supplies, however, saying "no" to plastic becomes more difficult. Everything from lunch containers to protractors to pencil cases are predominantly plastic. As many school supplies are purchased new every year, using plastic keeps the cost down. However, good "old school" alternatives are available and, with a little care, they will last for many years and can even be passed down from sibling to sibling. Here are some great ideas for reducing the amount of plastic you have to buy this school year: