We sat down with Vancouver elementary school teacher and school recycling program manager, Paula Stevens, and asked her if she had any advice for parents preparing their kids to go back to school. She came up with 10 great back to school suggestions covering everything from pencils to germs.
Here's one of our favourites: remember cutlery.
"Even on hot lunch days, be sure to send reusable cutlery with your child to avoid the unnecessary use of the non-biodegradable plastic utensils that most school kitchens have," says Stevens.
Read all 10 tips from our expert inside the classroom here.
Join us for a Live Back to School Facebook Forum tomorrow night, Wednesday, August 18, 7-8pm PST where you'll be able to ask questions directly to teacher Paula Stevens. There will also be loads of prizes to be won. RSVP now and you could win a reusable sandwich wrap.
Visit eco boutique Lavish & Lime for a great selection of the latest in eco school gear, including litterless lunch bags, containers and bottles plus recycled pencils and notebooks. If you have any thoughts or ideas about back to school in general, please leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!