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Back To School In Green Style

By Teens Turning Green, August 8, 2008  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Teens Turning Green
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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mod*mom says ...
great post erin! i'm getting my daughter ready to start kindergarten as green as possible too, with her school supplies + clothes. we're homeschooling with stanford university's virtual kindergarten program, so we'll be learning about the environment by growing our own food + composting. i have a degree in environmental science, so it will be amazing to educate her "green" + document her progress on my blog. now i'm going to watch the video :)
08/10/2008 3:13:53 PM CDT
Nora says ...
This is fun and light, and wow what a smile this kids has.
08/10/2008 3:22:07 PM CDT
Hanna says ...
Just visited the TFSC website. Great to see these young stars taking on this topic by themselves.
08/10/2008 3:26:17 PM CDT
katie says ...
Great video, simple and cute. Nice to see the young people taking control of the choices they make.
08/10/2008 3:41:26 PM CDT
Laura says ...
Simple changes like this, implemented by a few then many, can have a tremendous impact
08/10/2008 3:46:19 PM CDT
Heather says ...
Good to see Erin, keeping the dream alive. I am interested in the Stanford home schooling program mentioned by your reader, I'll look into it!
08/11/2008 7:43:48 AM CDT
Ursula says ...
All of my son's clothes are handed down to a friends son, who hands down, etc. I always send my son with a reusable water bottle instead of disposables. When I send snacks, I generally make organic homemade treats in a reusable container. And I recycle all of the coloring pages he brings home...either as wrapping paper or a note pad or stationary!
08/11/2008 12:53:28 PM CDT
Sam says ...
There is a link here to "The Dirty Dozen"- bad chemicals to check for in your products. Very good short list!
08/11/2008 2:05:37 PM CDT
Amanda says ...
I think that it is key to buy good quality supplies that don't need replacing every year. Backpacks, winter coats, good boots, nice quality binders, can be used for more than just a single year, and sometimes passed on to younger siblings. I think that this really applies to art supplies too. Good markers last longer than cheapie throwaways!
08/11/2008 6:15:32 PM CDT
Elizabeth says ...
Reusable water bottles, hand me downs and good quality supplies for what we do buy.
08/11/2008 6:16:51 PM CDT
Danielle says ...
I would never ever miss a chance to buy vintage clothing & accessories, so when I need a new bag or tote, I always buy vintage or thrift it. Using recycled paper (plus my other tips) are always conversation starters...so it's a win-win situation!
08/11/2008 6:22:55 PM CDT
Annette says ...
i shop from home on ebay for all my children's clothes. i think buying second-hand clothes is recyling. i save gas and money too. my daughter is excited to take her new sigg bottle to school.
08/11/2008 11:04:07 PM CDT
DC says ...
Love the tip about recycling reading material.
08/12/2008 9:50:12 AM CDT
Liz says ...
Buying recycled binders and other items. I reuse ours and once the kids are done with it I turn it into a photo album. Plus I shop at goodwill, thrift shops etc for clothes. I can't wait till they put text books in ebook so then we can use ereaders and save tons of trees
08/12/2008 9:51:01 AM CDT
Peggie says ...
Lunch bags that are reusable, as well as not using plastic baggies and disposable items.
08/12/2008 9:52:04 AM CDT
Kathleen says ...
like the idea of reducing plastic bag use by using something like the Wrap and Mat (http://www.wrap-n-mat.com/). Also good would be to reuse old binders if they're still in good condition. Kids can cut out magazine images and glue them to the front (or tuck them in the clear outer pocket that some of them have). It allows them to have a unique, creative binder too!
08/12/2008 9:57:16 AM CDT
Maureen says ...
Reusable water bottles. Also now have to include the Auspen markers - how cool those are. Thanks, Maureen jnomaxx at hotmail dot com
08/12/2008 10:18:10 AM CDT
Lucky says ...
Shop at thrift stores/garage sales for back to school items. Its eco-friendly and not everyone will have what you have.
08/12/2008 12:41:32 PM CDT
Shelly says ...
Pack lunches using everything reusable. Buying large packages and making own single sixe to cut down on package waster. And cheaper too!
08/12/2008 12:42:27 PM CDT
Bebemiqui says ...
My fav. tip is to make sure you take advantage of hand me downs
08/12/2008 12:43:42 PM CDT
karissa says ...
no need to use ziploc baggies everyday! Or even throw away napkins! they will bring it home in their lunch box. use plastic (BPA free containers) and linen Napkins. have a few set for everyone and no throw away waste!
08/12/2008 12:44:40 PM CDT
cdz says ...
best tip is to get everyone used to NOT drinking from plastic bottles of water. Get them used to eco-friendly reusable water bottles. Save money and the planet!
08/12/2008 12:45:48 PM CDT
CrazyDaizy says ...
I pack lunches using everything reusable. With a reusable water bottle.
08/12/2008 12:46:43 PM CDT
Samsakara says ...
We got my daughter a water bottle for school instead of the disposable ones. We also send her with a lunch box instead of paper bag lunches.
08/12/2008 12:47:22 PM CDT
Louise says ...
Reusable water bottle!
08/12/2008 12:48:19 PM CDT

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