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Back to School in Green Style – 2nd Period

By Teens Turning Green, August 15, 2008  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Teens Turning Green
Hi. I'm Danielle, a high school senior in Northern California. There are simple changes that we can make to better "green" all aspects of our daily lives. Below are four more tips that will get you started as we head back to school. If you CAN make healthier choices, why not? This past year I replaced my plastic water bottle with a Klean Kanteen. I feel much better about drinking from a bottle that it is not contaminated with phthalates, a chemical used to make plastic softer that is a known endocrine disruptor and toxic to our bodies. In the process of doing my own research, I’ve come to realize that there IS a "greener" alternative for pretty much every action you do and every item you use. As the new school year approaches, I challenge each of you to identify five things that you can do to live a "greener" lifestyle. Let us know what you come up with and we will post your ideas. Turning Green is fun, simple and you can start right now! If you want to get involved in our campaign and help form a chapter in your city or town, we'd love to hear from you.
  • Carpool, ride the bus, bike, or walk to school. Think about how much fuel you are using in transportation and work to reduce or offset your carbon footprint.
  • Bring lunches of organic, local, healthy food in To-Go Ware or other recyclable, reusable, and biocompostable containers including sugarcane and corn based plastic. Pack a reusable tote (like Whole Foods Market 99¢ Better Bags and FEED bags) or recycled/recyclable brown paper bag with cloth napkins and SpudWare’s potato based cutlery or utensils made from plastic bags. And store your goodies in glass containers at home, instead of leeching plastics.
  • Be sure to use a non-toxic hand sanitizer – at home and school – as ingredients in conventional sanitizers are made with harmful chemicals and never break down in the body. Plus, the greener alternatives moisturize and leave hands smelling great! Try EO Products spritz or gel, available at Whole Foods Market.
  • Swap chemical-leaching plastic water bottles for reusable metal ones. These are so durable that one bottle can last a lifetime. Klean Kanteen uses no plastic liners (no cancer-causing, estrogen-mimicking phthalates or bisphenol-A!) and is available in a great selection of colors.
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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Ellen Hilburn says ...
It's great for teens to be aware of the earth and how to not further destroy it. Congrats to Danielle from California for illustrating how she is going green in her reusable drinking choice. Bravo!
08/15/2008 3:18:25 PM CDT
Elizabeth says ...
I bought lunch bags at Whole Foods for my husband and I so we can prepare food at home and bring to work.Also we got mugs at Whole Foods so we can make coffee every morning at the office instead of spending it at Starbucks.
08/15/2008 4:09:28 PM CDT