Your Green Life: Go Back-To-School Green

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

Every year Americans use over 90 million tons of paper, averaging about 700 pounds per person.
It's also the number one most used material in the classroom.

But as our kids head back to school you can be a little more earth–friendly in your shopping as meteorologist Shannon Murphy explains in, "Your Green Life."

We are already sliding into the start of another school year, and many kids are looking forward to heading back into the classroom.

"What are you looking forward to most?
Did you buy anything new for school this year?
Clothes and a paint shirt!"

Nore's brother Wyatt had a little longer list for preschool.

"So you got Kleenex....
What else did you get?
Crayons, and paint
Anything else?
What are you looking forward to the most?

From clothing to gluesticks, there are ways you can make your back–to–school shopping list earth friendly.

"Carpooling is great. Walking your kids to school is not only good for you, it is good for them."

Other tips include finding non–toxic, bleach–free, and acid–free products.

You can also find soy crayons, cardboard binders without the vinyl covering, recycled notebooks, folders, pencils and facial tissues, and of course recycled paper.

But beware of some false labels in this growing green trend.

"For instance, it could say 'Recycled Paper' and it could be like five percent recycled paper. That's not really a big jump in helping the environment. There's plenty of good paper out there. You want to look for 100 percent post consumer recycled paper."

Moving from the classroom to the lunchroom, you can use stainless steel or soy water bottles rather than plastic.

If you take a lunch, carry it in a canvas bag.

Use wax sandwich bags which decompose when tossed into the waste stream, and don't forget your compostable spork!

Keep the environment on your mind to earn a "high–five" while back–to–school shopping this year.

In Duluth, meteorologist Shannon Murphy, the Northland's NewsCenter.

Other tips include looking through what you have at home to see what you can reuse from last year, and sharing supplies with your fellow classmates.