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Back To School In Green Style

Hi, my name is Erin and I am a high school senior from Northern California. I founded Teens for Safe Cosmetics with a group of my peers because I don't think that we should have to choose between beauty and health! And now I apply a similar philosophy to all aspects of my life: why risk my well being when I don't have to? With summer's end just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about back to school. Can you believe it?! In addition to finding out about classes, teachers, schedules, and readjusting to waking up to my alarm clock, I think back to school is the perfect opportunity to embrace a more eco-conscious lifestyle. From my shampoo and mascara to my outfit for the first day of school to binders and text books, I am Turning Green! Check out these four simple tips, watch Kylie’s video tips and join us on this ever-evolving journey towards a healthy body and world. Check back throughout the month of August for more back to school tips from Teens for Safe Cosmetics. And enjoy these last few weeks of summer!! Tip 1: Look for organic and chemical free cosmetics, personal care, and body products (guys included – shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, shaving cream, soap, etc). Visit Teens for Safe Cosmetics for a complete list of Greener Alternatives , as well asa chemicals to avoid in The Dirty Dozen . Check out the Skin Deep Report for more information and visit stores like Whole Foods Market or other green retailers for a wide selection of products. Tip 2: Incorporate green into your clothing choices for the first day of school. Cotton is among the most pesticide-laden and water-intensive crops in the world, which is why purchasing organic cotton is so vital. EcoFashion can be everything from vintage to recycled fibers like bamboo, hemp, recycled denim, and even cork for shoes! Tip 3: When shopping for school supplies, purchase recycled binders and post-consumer notebooks and dividers, like those by New Leaf Paper (made in the USA and available at Whole Foods Market). Look into refillable or recycled pens and pencils, AusPen whiteboard markers, mainstream office supply stores and companies with green initiatives, and comprehensive online eco-office supply databases . Tip 4: Save money and trees by reusing and recycling reading materials! Attend a local book swap, visit the library, research paper-free on the web, and look for used books at local or online stores. About Teens for Safe Cosmetics Teens for Safe Cosmetics is a coalition led by dynamic and passionate young women raising awareness about potentially harmful ingredients in beauty and daily use products that may be linked to cancer, reproductive harm and other health risks. Their mission is to educate the public about harmful chemicals found in cosmetics and personal care products, advocate for legislation that protects one’s right to health and to inspire teens across the nation to work together around these issues and create change within their communities. Teens for Safe Cosmetics launches Teens Turning Green Collection Teens for Safe Cosmetics has brought together phenomenal eco-conscious companies to create a line that attains Whole Foods Market’s Premium Body Care seal, the most comprehensive retail standards. Companies have used a holistic approach in the creation of these products, incorporating how age, variation in skin type, and environment can effect teenage skin. The line will launch exclusively at Whole Foods Market nationwide in October 2008. For the first time in history, Teens Turning Green will offer teenagers a line made specifically for their skin that is safe. Hand-selected by teenagers for safety, sustainability, and practicality, the Teens Turning Green collection is a cross-section of the best products on the market.

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Amy says …

I reuse items year after year, especially backpacks, and lunch bags. We also by items in bulk rather then the more expensive and wastefull individually packaged items.

GK says …

WALK to school!

jessilynn says …

We also use tupperware in lunches and many times I will put a cloth instead of paper too since you can just pull it out each day and rewash it. Thank you!

Betty N says …

My daughter in law has the lunch thing down pat....she has four children; each has a good lunch bag that lasts from year to year and the same with water bottle, back pack,etc from the High school age right down to the pre-schooler. Each fall they have certain people they pass clothes on to and others who pass clothes on to their children. Any they don't have people to pass on to go to charity.

buzz says …

Reusable lunch bags are a must

Deborah says …

Work with your children to make back-to-school a green event. Make it a game: plastic wrap vs. reusable container, home-made glue vs. store bought...and watch them buy into being green. Might as well educate them before sending them off to be educated.

teddi says …

We buy new clothes, but I also pick up a couple things at garage sales in the summer. We always pass on our clothes, shoes, backpacks, etc., to friends or charities. Instead of juice boxes, we try to use a thermos for drinks. Instead of plastic wrap in lunches, we use reusable containers or bento boxes.

Betsey says …

We homeschool and some things we do are reusing paper for scrap paper, hand down books or give them to others that will use them.

Sharon says …

Walk to school...good exercise...great for environment

Rebecca says …

We use reusable containers, such as tupperware sandwich containers and reusable water containers.

Rebecca says …

We always try to search for used items before we buy new. Not only does it save us money but it's also friendlier for the environment. Tip 4 is our family favourite!

Alina says …

We recieve hand me down clothes from the fam, we also give our hand me downs to other fam, friends or neighbors. All of us in our household have a sigg bottle and we love to use them.

Nancy says …

Buy local! I love our neighborhood farm!

Kari says …

We have used the same backpacks since Kindergarten. That's the #1 thing I look for when they start school, a durable and long lasting backpack that they can use as long as possible. This year, the school system is providing ALL supplies! :)

Tammy says …

by recycled pencils made of newspapers (yes they do exist!), save a tree that way!

Evie Seifu says …

This is great Erin. I enjoyed the video and am happy to see that the new generation is on the right track, and willing to go the length to change the ways of the past!! Thank you, it's heart warming to see this!

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