Back to school season can be a bit of a challenge for parents who care about sustainability. It’s a time when the three Rs—reduce, reuse, recycle — often take a backseat to convenience.
But with a little ingenuity, parents can find easy-to-use alternatives that match their Earth-friendly values. Just ask Kirsten Quigley, mother of four and creator of LunchSkins reusable snack and sandwich bags. Back in 2008, Kirsten was organizing a green auction at her kids’ school when she came across some striking statistics:
• According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, 90% of the plastic items in our daily lives are used once and then discarded.
• Somewhere between 5.3 and 14 million tons of plastic waste enters our oceans each year, posing a threat to ecosystems and marine life.