‘Back to School’ Sales already?

 

Recycling is continuing to go great, with the family putting out by the curb no more than 1 trash bag per week (usually not full).

Our composter is complete, and I’m just waiting for the remainder of my tomatoes to rippen.  Then, I’ll be pulling those out to add to the new batch of compost.  Next, we’ll put down the finished compost in that area to prepare for our mid-Summer planting.

Thinking about waste, had me thinking about back to school shopping!  Being mindful that we’re halfway through Summer, the stores have already rolled out the red carpet for parents.

Here’s a few products of interest.  Check your local stores first, as some of these products don’t need to be purchased online! 

*Paper Mate EarthWrite Recycled Pencils – ‘Recycled’ includes the lead and eraser! Available at Office Depot

Or..  https://www.dixonusa.com/index.cfm/fuseaction=shop.product/prdIndex=64

*Crayons – https://www.dixonusa.com/index.cfm/fuseaction=shop.product/prdIndex=125

*Composition Notebooks – http://www.gaebler.com/EarthWise-100-Recycled-Composition-Notebook.htm

*Backpacks – http://www.terracycle.net/backpack.htm  or http://ecogear-products.com/ecozoo.html

(We evaluated the prior year’s backpack first.  Our daughter wants to reuse her cute messenger bag that she purchased from Target the year before.  It’s made of recycled materials, in a cute girly print and is still in good condition)

*School Lunches – http://www.snacktaxi.com/

(Don’t dismiss your local second hand shops!  I found a ‘Vera Bradley’ (I hear these things are $$$) for $2.99.  It’s an adorable medium sized bag with an animal (elephants, tigers, etc.) motiff, that our daughter can switch out with the one that she’s used the past 2 school years that is starting to have problems.

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