Ride the Bus to School
Even if you do not usually take the school bus, consider taking a public bus to school. It is one of the most eco-friendly options for getting to and from school. According to Terra Wellington, author of the book “A Mom’s Guide to Growing Your Family Green, Saving the Earth begins at Home,” one school bus takes 36 cars off the road reducing fuel usage and emissions. The daily fuel cost to transport a child to school is $3.68 for a private vehicle but only $.73 if that child rides a school bus.
Pack a Low Waste Lunch
You can save money and reduce waste by packing your child’s lunch in reusable bags and containers. For a “no waste” lunch, plan such that the only compostible items are left over, such as fruit peels. For more ideas on low waste lunches, look at Tips for Packing a Nutritious, Waste-Free Lunch.
Take a Reusable Water Bottle
While it’s very easy to send your kids to school with bottled water, bear in mind that using a reusable water bottle reduces landfill waste as well your grocery bills. Try Klean Kanteen for a range of interesting designs.