1. Use what You’ve Already
If you’re like us, at the end of every year you find yourself packing half-filled exercise books into the back of the cupboard. This year, instead of buying more paper that could be wasted, why not reuse and recycle the paper you already have? Binding your own books can save the time you would spend trawling through the stationary aisle as well as the money you would spend (Ok, that’s probably only around $2 max, but why not save anyway?). Simply removing the blank pages from old exercise books and stapling them together before binding the edge with masking tape not only saves the Earth’s resources but also gives your child a blank cover page that they can decorate and personalise themselves!
2. Sell What You Don’t Need
Not sure what to do with textbooks from last year’s classes? Easy. Instead of giving them to a second hand book sale for a small percentage of your money back or, god forbid, throwing your books out (we’ve all been tempted at one point), you can just sell them yourself. This may seem like a monolithic task, but with sites such as eBay and Gumtree, it’s easy as 1,2,3! Upload a photo of the book and a brief description and watch the bids fly in. More often than not, you will come close to making back the original price you bought it for! Saving money and preventing landfill waste, good for you!
3. Buy Now, Save Later
It may seem like something no one has time for, but buying a neat and good quality lunch set for your child is sure to be a good investment for both you and the environment. If you consider the money spent on paper bags, glad wrap, aluminium foil, plastic cutlery (and the list goes on!) and the amount of this that ends up in landfill, you’ll see that a lunchbox and some nice little tubs is a great way to stop all the waste. What’s more, your child will be the envy of the schoolyard with their cool looking lunch and their obviously style (and environment) savvy parent!
4. Buy Reusable Materials
Millions of pens, whiteboard markers and other disposable stationary items end up in landfill each year, a number that is only growing. You can make a difference and reduce the waste of money and resources by buying refillable and reusable materials this year. One AusPen whiteboard marker with refills equates to 40 non-refillable markers, and they are made from 100% recyclable materials, so even after (if ever!) you reach 40 refills, you still won’t be contributing to the growing landfill. Simply by buying reusable and recyclable eco-stationary you are saving the planet, and money at the same time (congrats)!
5. Buy Online
Piling into the car for a trip to the local stationary supplier can be a pain anytime of the year, let alone during the back-to-school rush! Why not do it all in the comfort of your own home, buying stationary and textbooks online? Not only will this save time, but it will also reduce your carbon footprint (and your petrol)! It’s a win-win! While you’re here, why not check out the AusPen online store?