The new school semester is rolling around. You survived school holidays but now the scarier task begins… back-to-school prep. Need help to eco-up your back-to-school routine? Read on to get our top tips...
Create a team
Environmental issues are part of the school curriculum so chances are, depending on their year, your little one might already be a step or two ahead of you on the topic than you realise. The amount of knowledge young children have on the importance of eco-friendly and sustainable initiatives is both inspiring and heartwarming. So include your kids in the conversation at home. Explain that this term/semester/year as a family you're wanting to make more eco-conscious swaps and get them to join in. Make this task is a fun one for the whole fam.
Have a looksie - what do you already have?
Now you have your littlies on board, it's time to get this eco-friendly show on the road. Go through your existing school supplies and house. What do you already have? What can be repaired or mended? What can be upcycled? Do you really need to buy a new pair of scissors just because the booklist says so? It is surprising how much school supplies one home can accrue in a lifetime.
Revisit sun safety
Schools are great in enforcing sun safety these days with mandatory ‘no hat no play’ rules and the like. But the mighty bucket hat can only protect your child so much. In your back-to-school preparation, revisit your child’s sun safety. We recommend a high-quality natural* UVA and UVB sunscreen be applied to your child as part of the morning routine.
Be sure to also include a bottle of Little Urchin’s Natural* Sunscreen in your child’s school bag so they can reapply before sun exposure. We also offer a subscription service making it easier (and more affordable) to put your family’s sun protection first!
Vote with your wallet
There are so many incredible brands out there today that are forging a more sustainable and socially-conscious future. How can you support them? Vote with your wallet! When walking down the aisles of Officeworks with booklist in hand, be mindful of where you are putting your dollars. What do we mean? Here are a couple of examples you can try:
Nude Food Day
When did it become standard to cling wrap, bag up and package everything we consume?! Sometimes it can feel more difficult to craft school lunches that are free of single-use packaging. But it doesn’t have to be that way. ‘Naked lunches’ or ‘nude food’ are initiatives that a lot of schools are already getting behind.
Here a few simple swaps you can make today:
We love the Mum’s Grapevine article 18 ways to pack a nude food lunch (click here to read). It offers simple solutions to help you make school lunches naked.
Green up your school commute
Ahhh… the school commute. Do you find yourself already dreading the long lines to reach the drop off zone? Are you sick of searching for a car park to go drop off your little ones? Dreaming of an easier way? Depending on where you live and the proximity to the school, there are a number of more environmentally-friendly ways you could do the school commute.
Simply adopting a greener commute 1-2 days a week can drastically reduce the number of cars on the road and the impact we are having on the environment.
Get the class (or entire school) involved
Congratulations! You have successfully made back-to-school eco-friendly. Spread the word. Get others involved. Whether that be classmates or the entire school, small changes can make big differences. Here’s a great article on how to get your school involved in the #WarOnWaste.
Want to take the next step? These are some great environmental initiatives for schools that we love:
At Little Urchin, we are very passionate about being kinder to Mother Earth. Head to our Urchin News for more helpful articles to inspire you.
* Little Urchin uses the term ‘natural’ because the ingredients in our products are ones found in nature that are unharmful to the body and used in their natural form or are refined, purified or transformed in the laboratory from sources in nature. The refinement, purification and transformation processes of certain ingredients are chemical processes required to make the underlying, natural ingredients suitable for use in a sunscreen or moisturiser product. These processes do not involve the use of synthetic chemicals.