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The Green Life: Back to School Week: Shopping for Supplies

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August 17, 2009

Back to School Week: Shopping for Supplies

It's easy to go overboard when buying school suppliesSummer vacation is winding down, which means it's time to prepare for new teachers, new classes, and new friends. This week, we're providing green tips for going back to school.

Tip #1: Avoid Impulse Purchases

Before you're dazzled by a super-sized pack of highlighters (on sale!) or a fancy eraser set, take stock of the school supplies you already have. Sturdy items like folders and backpacks can be reused for several years. And chances are you already have an ample supply of pens and pencils in your family's catch-all drawer. Come to the store armed with a list so you won't be tempted to buy things you don't need.
 
 
Tip #3: Buy Recycled
 

Share your tips: How do you get extra mileage from old school supplies?

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