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Back-to-school, back-to-basics

April E. ClarkPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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Reuse an old notebook with leftover paper.Skip battery-operated calculators for solar- or water-powered models.Or carry a backpack made of hemp instead of synthetic materials.Going back to school can also mean going green this fall, with earth-friendly ideas on the Internet.

The proactive Web site offers suggestions ranging from organizing a second-hand uniform swap to buying a lunch bag created from recycled juice packs. This week, EcoStreet launched its two-week go-green challenge, in which children and adults can e-mail their stories about pursuing a sustainable lifestyle.”The challenges are individual actions that you can take to go green,” posted Tracey Stokes, on the Web site. “None of them which involve spending masses of money, in fact, many of the challenges will save you money.”The Center for a New American Dream is promoting its Back to School Campaign with examples of how to go green and save a little green this school year. The organization’s list of “Five Things You Can Do Today” include using the online calculator to find out the impact of American’s actions on the environment.Also, a link is available to take an online journey of a day in the life of paper. According to the World Wildlife Fund and Center for a New American Dream, the average American uses about 750 pounds of paper a year. Paper makes up 30 to 40 percent of landfills.On iVillage’s iGo Green section, Kimberly Danek Pinkson, founder of the EcoMom Alliance, offers her thoughts on tackling those lengthy back-to-school shopping lists while taking the planet into consideration.

She suggests old-fashioned stainless steel lunch boxes instead of those made with polyvinyl chloride (vinyl). There are also nonplastic lunchbox options made of corn starch.Pinkson also points to and Green Earth Office Supply for recycled paper and biodegradable pens and binders.”Keep in mind the life cycle of your purchases,” Pinkson said, in the blog.

Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601aclark@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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