Sunday, August 30, 2009

Back To School!!!


We are wrapping up our back to school month, we hope you have found some great information to get you back to school in style and eco-friendly. We also hope you will take some of the tips back to your school and teachers. Earth-Kidz would like you ro share our site with all your friends, parents, schools, & teachers.

Remember every little thing we do does make a difference..........

Whether you are swapping clothes, buying eco supplies, or donating old crayons and ink cartridges there is something you can do!!! Most important remember to spread the word to your friends, parents, teachers, & schools together we can make a difference.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Drawstring Reusable Bags!!!


Instead of using Zip Lock Bags for students have them use Reusable drawstring bags for many occassions where you would normally send things home in a zip lock bag or store items in the classroom. The students can decorate them in ways that inspire them. We all know students sometomes forget to bring things back to school providing a bit of incentive may just do the trick. You could have them all return the bags to school on the same day and if they all remember they could have an extra recess or play an afternoon game.

Reusable DrawString Bags come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and styles and are more affordable than zip lock bags especially when bought in bulk. Check out http://www.orientaltrading.com/party-supplies/bags-totes-and-wallets/drawstring-bags-a1-382870-1-1-TmU9OTAwMDAmTj0zODI4NzA=.fltr

Friday, August 28, 2009

New Eco-Friendly Printer


Featured in the Greener Gadgets Design Competition, the RITI printer apparently uses coffee or tea dregs to create computer printouts.

To use the printer just insert a piece of paper, place used coffee or tea grinds into the ink case on the top of the printer, then move the ink case left and right to print the image — no electricity needed, Greener Gadgets reported.

Because it works manually the RITI printer is not ideal for large projects and can only print in black and white, but it will save on the cost of buying ink and electricity. This item may soon hits the market.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Eco-Friendly Toilet Paper!!!


Talk with your school about buying 100% recycled and chlorine free toilet paper. Hint: If you conduct some research regarding available brands you will make it easy for your school to switch to a greener alternative.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Tips to Make Your School Eco Friendly!!!


In the Cafeteria:

Healthy lunches build healthy minds.Encourage your school to buy from local, organic farmers. Urge your school to switch to reusable trays, flatware and recycled paper napkins.


On the School Grounds:

Create a learning garden at your school so that kids can see firsthand where healthy food comes from.
It doesn't have to be big - a small area will do - and kids can be involved in planting, harvesting and eating the produce. Encourage teachers to plan lessons around it.

Organize a composting committee.
This will help your school reduce its waste and provide fertilizer for the learning gardens at the same time.

Start a campaign for clean water.
Urge your school to put water filters on every drinking fountain to cut the risk of exposure to lead, arsenic and bacteria often found in water supplies.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Eco-Friendly Footwear!!!


Sport eco-friendly footwear this year. Online and in stores alike, one of the newest trends is eco-friendly footwear. Companies like Simple and Vans make earth-friendly shoes that are in fashion and good for the planet. Another way to get new shoes that are eco friendly is swap with friends or neighbors. Kids feet grow so fast many times they wear a shoe once or twice and then they either hate them or out grow them.

Simple Shoes:

http://www.simpleshoes.com/index.aspx?cid=ggl_ppc&utm_source=ggl&utm_medium=ppc&s_kwcid=TC|6896|eco%20friendly%20shoes||S||3325557361

TERRA PLANA ECO-FRIENDLY SHOES:

http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/11/19/terra-plana-eco-friendly-shoes/

Keds Green
http://www.keds.com/text/greenshoes/shoes.jsp

Vans:

http://shop.vans.com/catalog/Vans/en_US/category/go-green.htmlans

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tips for an Eco-Friendly Lunch!!!


From brown-paper lunch bags to plastic wraps and baggies to the unnecessary packaging of single-serving foods, our addiction to fast and "convenient" lunch products adds billions of tons of trash to landfills each year, not to mention the enormous waste of money and natural resources required to produce and dispose of packaging. (EPA and U.S. Census data)

Here are a few tips to make your lunch eco-friendly....

Do pack:


•Reusable fabric lunch bags or lunch containers

•Sandwiches in reusable wraps, bags or containers

•Drinks and soups in reusable containers, such as a thermos, or recyclable containers.

•Snacks in reusable containers or bags


•Cloth napkins


•Reusable utensils

Don't pack:


•Paper lunch bags

•Plastic baggies that are not reusable

•Disposable forks and spoons

•Disposable straws

•Paper napkins

Remember it is not necessary to make a big leap everything we do helps the environment....

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Green Back To School Classroom Supplies!!!


Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

TerraCycle E-Waste Trash Can:
Made From: 100% recycled e-waste.
Manufacturing Location: Made in the USA.
Environmental Benefit: These cans are made from 100% e-waste (such as crushed computers and fax machines) that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill

TerraCycle Eco-Binder

Waste Wrapper Notebook:
Made from: Recycled Paper, metal ring and waste wrappers. To collect waste cookie wrappers, sign up for the Cookie Wrapper Brigade sponsored by Oreo, Chips Ahoy! and Nabisco.

Paper Pen
Corn Pen
Biodegradable Pen
Newspaper Pencil

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Recycle Your Old Crayons!!!


There are many ways to recycle your old crayons, we discussed a few ways in the previous post. You can also Recycle bits, pieces, and broken crayons via
The National Crayon Recycling Program.

They take "old, rejected, broken crayons and recycles them into fresh, new fun shaped crayons called Crazy Crayons. Crazy Crayons are handcrafted into hundreds of shapes and themes; Dinosaurs, Butterflies, Flowers, Stars, Hearts, Fish, Fruit, Endangered Species, the Earth (just to name a few)."

The proceeds from the sale of Crazy Crayons go right back into the recycling program. The Program also helps the community by employing people with developmental disabilities to meticulously sort the crayons. After the crayons are sorted, “they go back to the Crazy Crayon workshop to be melted down, strained, sterilized and hand poured into beautiful, functional works of art for kids to enjoy”

To date the program has redirected 43,000 pounds of unwanted crayons from landfills!

All crayons are accepted for recycling, with or without wrappers, but they prefer the wrappers be on (it's easier to sort the colors that way).

If you would like to donate your left over crayons or have your school get involved you can use the address below. A great idea to spread the use of crayons might be to donate larger crayons to local doctors offices and daycare centers, while sending the smaller ones to the Crayon Recycling Program.

You can ship your used crayons to:
CRAYON RECYCLING PROGRAM
721 Village Road
Pelican Lake, Wisconsin 54463

http://www.crazycrayons.com/recycle_program.html

Eco-Crayons!!!


There are many types of eco-friendly crayons that can used instead of crayons made from petroleum, crayons made from petroleum take vast amounts of resources to produce, and take many, many years to biodegrade. All things that have a negative impact on our environment. According to CrayolaCrayon.com, if all the regular size Crayola Crayons made in one year were laid end to end they would circle the earth six times!

Buy Crayons................

Made without petroleum such as the soy-based Crayon Rocks or Stockmar Beeswax Crayons.

Make the crayons you have last longer by melting them down.

Bring your own crayons to restaurant's for your children to use.

Donate your used crayons to daycares, schools, church groups, doctor offices, police stations, or other places where children color.

Other types of Eco Crayons.......

Crayon rocks – beautiful and fun ‘rocks’ made in America from natural soy wax, using American-grown soy beans. Non-toxic and perfect for kids everywhere and have been especially designed to strengthen the tripod grip muscles, which prepares fingers and hands for handwriting. In fact, occupational therapists use these to help folks develop fine motor skills. These are available in various set sizes too.

Stockmar Block Crayons......
Tin – non-toxic and made with beeswax plus fat and chunky –great for little hands. There’s also an amazing Stockmar 24 Deluxe Crayon Set available in a nice wooden box.


Basic soy crayons – are smoother and brighter than icky old petroleum-based crayons, plus flake less than ordinary wax crayons.


Recolored Crayons for Halloween....

These sell out each and every year folks, so I’d order now. These cool crayons are remade into fun shapes from old bits of non-toxic crayons. A GREAT Halloween bag stuffer.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Back To School Clothes!!!


When shopping for school clothes look for natural fabrics such as organic wool, cotton, and hemp. These are more comfortable than man made materials and will greatly help reduce the pollution that comes with making and disposing of synthetic fabrics.

Organize a clothes swap with friends or neighbors - clearing out your closet or drawers, and finding a new wardrobe for yourself.

How to organize a successful clothes swap:

•Invite your friends & ask your friends to invite their friends
•Aim for all shapes & sizes
•If you are hosting the swap at your house, make sure you have at least two full-length mirrors available
•For those of us who are modest, make sure there are other rooms available to dress and undress. If this isn't possible, remind people they can wear a body suit or bathing suit underneath their clothing if they wish.
•Clothes swaps can be seasonal, but they don't have to be: The best clothes swaps have all seasons clothing.
•If two people want the same item, you can have fun with this by either a coin toss, or having each person model the item of clothing and have a vote (do this only if you're sure there won't be hard feelings).
•If you have second thoughts about an item you have up for grabs - speak up quickly. A simple "Hmm, I'm not so sure I'm ready to give that up yet," should suffice, before someone else gets too attached to the item.
•Be prepared - for a good time! You'll be surprised how much fun you'll have with a group of women trying on clothing!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Backpacks!!!


Back to School Backpacks
Purchasing one of these bags is a great way to support the Earth. Earth-Kidz Favorite is the Backpack from Terracycle. Not only do they provide a great backpack, but you can also join them and earn money for your school or organization.

Drink Pouch Kids’ Backpack from TerraCycle

This backpack is made of waste drink pouch material. TerraCycle diverts tons of waste juice pouch material annually, and has collected more than 1.5 million pouches through the Drink Pouch Brigade. Cost $11.99

http://www.shoponlygreen.com/juice-pouch-backpack-p-154.html?osCsid=e37c011af605f52168ff3497482dafb7

Mountainsmith Optimus Recycled Fabric Daypack

• Recycled fabric daypack designed for school, vacations, or day hikes
• Yoke-style shoulder straps, integrated haul handle, and compression straps
• 1,587 cubic inches of storage, with large main compartment and internal pockets
• Two water bottle pockets; electronics pocket on shoulder strap; organizer sleeve
• Measures 12 x 19 x 8 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 1 pound 4 ounces
• $27-$42

• http://www.amazon.com/Mountainsmith-Optimus-Recycled-Fabric-Daypack/dp/B0019Y1HVC

Eclipse Solar Gear The Reactor Solar Backpack

• Included with the pack are large cavities for books or extra clothing when traveling
• Back cavity houses a laptop sleeve that can be removed when extra space and lighter weight is needed
• Front zippered accessory pouch includes penpencil holders, cd holders, an elastic lanyard for keys and a removable clip for USB memory sticks
• Multiple pockets for your cell phone, PDA, handheld GPS unit, CD player or MP3 player
• MP3 pouch includes an inner mesh pocket and a convenient outlet for your headphones
$130.00

http://www.eclipsesolargear.com/productcart/pc/viewCat_h.asp?idCategory=4

Bazura Bags - Messenger Bag

Made from recycled juice packs by a women's co-op in the Philippines Juice box material is incredibly durable & has insulating properties 100% lead-free. Saves non-biodegradable juice containers from landfills. Colorful, handmade & each one is unique!
$23-$40

http://www.bazurashop.com/workschool.html

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Happy August!!!


Going Back to School!!!!

August is the time many of us go back to School or get ready to go back to School. Go Back to School the Green Way, this month we will be discussing some of the many ways we can go back to school in style and stay green. We will also be discussing ways we can help our schools keep up the Green Trend. Our challenge to everyone is to find at least two ways to make your back school experience green. Maybe a green backpack, lunch box, book covers, water bottle, etc. We also challenge you to find one way to help your school join the green crusade.