Eco, budget-friendly ways to head back to school


Shop your own house first

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A local mom blogger has some tips on how to make your back-to-school shopping eco-friendly and less expensive.

“If you want to do a greener approach for back-to-school, the very best thing that you can do is shop in your own house,” said Lee Anne Moyer, the owner of Portland Moms Blog.

She said the easiest way to reduce your waste is to reuse items from last year.

“The very first thing that we have here is a lunch box from last year. Perfectly fine, working perfectly well. I gave it a little scrub, otherwise I don’t need to go out and buy a new one for each and every kid, each and every year,” she said.

When packing lunches, Moyer recommends skipping the disposable plastic bags and using a reusable container or making your own beeswax strips to hold sandwiches and snacks.

Lee Ann Moyer holds a beeswax strip. (KOIN)

When shopping for school supplies, look for recycled items, Moyer said. Stationery stores are a great place to find folders and paper made with recycled materials.

She also recommends buying in bulk.

“I needed, I think, six of these composition books. So I went out and bought a bulk carton of them knowing that I was going to probably need that every year,” she said.

She also shops at consignment stores and is a member of a Buy Nothing group on Facebook, which is a great resource for used items such as clothes, shoes and gear.

With a little planning and shopping your own home, you can send kids back to school with everything they need — in an earth and budget-friendly way.

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