Remember the excitement of getting new school stuff every September?
Back then, it felt great, but looking back, it wasn’t just about fresh supplies. It was a cycle of buying, using, and often wasting things without thinking much about the planet. I now realise the hidden cost behind these shiny new purchases. The cycle of consumption not only impacted our wallets but also took a toll on the environment.
This simple act, repeated in schools worldwide, reflects a larger issue—how our educational systems often contribute to unsustainable practices. It’s time we reevaluate our approach to sustainability within educational institutions.
A sustainable society begins with sustainable schools because learning early helps form lifelong good habits.
Opt for the most sustainable choice, which can often be the easiest – make use of what you already own! Instead of rushing to purchase new supplies, consider examining last year’s items. Items such as pens, pencils, backpacks, and notebooks are often easily reusable for another year. This not only cuts costs but also minimises waste.
Do you have other ideas for making this time of year more sustainable? Share your innovative approaches in the comments down below !