When you start shopping for educational items for your kids, what do you usually think about aside from your budget? You would probably think about some ways on how those old notebooks can still be use for the current school year. You would also start to contemplate whether or not it is high time to buy a new bag or to reuse the old one since it only needs a washing to make it look like new again. Endless thoughts that focus more on being an eco-friendly individual happen to all of us. This is because we don’t only want to save the environment, but we also want to spend within our means as much as possible. After all, monthly tuition fees, books, allowances, and other similar costs are enough to get us dizzy the whole year through. But, don’t worry; you can still keep your savings and go green even when your kids are all at school or while you are at school by following the 3R’s – Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle.
One of the ways to keep wastes from piling up is to reuse school supplies. Reuse simple means to find ways on how you can stretch the purpose of a certain item before finally tossing it into the garbage bin. At home, we can reuse tons of different things from clothing and footwear to jars and bottles. If you think that school has only a few pieces of items that you can reuse, think again.
For students, they can reuse an old yet unfilled notebook from the previous school for use of the upcoming school season. Since teachers would require different sizes of papers for exams from ¼ to ½, students can still use the half blank part of a paper even if the other part is already used. Old pens, pencils, and crayons that are still usable can also be used for the upcoming school year. The school books used in the previous year can be kept for their friends and relatives to use. Students can also use old books as reference or sell it to recycle company.
Meanwhile, school events need not be very expensive, too. Using old and used magazines as decors is a great way to avoid buying materials for decors. The school administration can also opt to rent or borrow some school decors if these will not be used from time to time. On the one hand, buying new decors can greatly help if the school will use it in the future regularly.
Reducing wastes mean never using a lot of resources for one task only. For example, if you want to save money on your entertainment system, it is necessary to invest on gadgets from reputable brands for high quality despite high costs rather than purchase an entertainment system that’s made of substandard materials at cheap price. If you go for the pricey option, you get to enjoy the set for a long time, thereby reducing e-wastes and saving more money in the long run. If you go for a cheap pick, you will not only have to buy a new one after a year or two but it’s reliability will start to depreciate in a few months, leaving you headache and a hole in the pocket every time.
This situation goes the same in schools. If the institution plans on spending a small fortune for computers and other similar learning tools, these tools should be reliable and good enough to run for at least a decade. This is to minimize further expenditures and raise of miscellaneous fees in the future. Unused paints should be properly stored for future use in the next school year while old and unused wooden items can be remodeled into divans, chairs, or logs for camp fires.
Students can participate in waste reduction at school, too. For lunch, they should not bring a lot of disposables. Bring your own spoon and fork, water bottle, and lunch box. You may add one or two napkins and a small container for sauce or ketchup to avoid adding wastes. Cans are still usable at home, so you may want to bring these at home.
Lastly, we have recycle, which is to make an old and unused item be usable. Old editions of school books can still be used as decors or products for paper projects like collages and other art-related activities that use paper. The plastic wastes found in school campuses can still be used as pots for seedlings or flowers. These can also be used as pencil holders inside the room. Unused cardboards can be recycled into shoe boxes, fans, or as a substance in compost. Meanwhile, old tires can become a swing, a part of a garden, and many others.
There are numerous ways on how the 3R’s can be used at school. It does not only limit to what a person sees in her bag, but it also includes the items that are located inside the campus. Certainly, going green does not only stop at home; it also includes the four walls of the classroom and the school campus.