Back to school without breaking the bank!

Whether you’re getting ready for school yourself, getting someone else ready for school, or just taking care of your own end-of-summer shopping, there are ways that you can reduce your waste, improve our environment, and save money, too.

Plan ahead and make a list. Check to see what you have on hand. After that, make a list of what you really need.
Reuse what you already own. Check closets for forgotten tote bags, backpacks, lunch  boxes, and refillable containers. Go through last year’s supplies to find the basics: scissors, rulers, binders, etc. Many items can be reused from year to year. Remember—reusing your own stuff is also cheaper and less stressful than hitting the stores.
• When you do go shopping, browse reused first. Look for used clothes, shoes, appliances, books, toys, games, office supplies, and household goods online, at garage sales, or at resale shops.
Buy recycled by picking up recycled-content paper, pens, pencils, scissors, rulers, file folders, binders, storage containers, and jewelry.
Purchase refilled or remanufactured inkjet cartridges for your printers. Or, buy a refilling kit and do it yourself.

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