Like many of you, I try really hard to be a responsible steward of the earth at home. We compost, we recycle everything we can, we’ve reduced our plastic, water and electricity use where ever we can, I carry metal straws in my purse, and reusable bags in the car. But honestly, I haven’t put nearly as much thought into my footprint at school… until now.
Over this past school year, I have been systematically making my classroom a GREENER space, and am continually searching out new ideas to implement.
HERE ARE SOME STEPS I HAVE BEEN TAKING:
*PAPER BAGS INSTEAD OF ZIPLOCS: I will profess, I long have loved ziploc bags, they are so cheap, convenient and come in so many sizes. But, as my stash is being used up, I’m not buying more. Instead, I found paper sandwich bags, and am using them to hold manipulatives, class sets of materials, pictures and more. For larger items, I’ve been using paper lunch bags. So far, so good- I just have to label the outside of the bags before storing them away (as opposed to being able to see through them to the contents like with ziplocs).
*REPURPOSING VEGGIE TRAYS: Sometimes our vegetables come on a stiff paper “tray”, which are perfect for arranging & organizing items (like legos, dice, little letters, etc) at stations or around the room instead of plastic bins.
Read on for more tips and strategies for Going GREEN in Your Classroom- Ideas for a More Environmentally Friendly Space on Mundo de Pepita.