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Green Teen Survival Guide
Back to School -- Green Goes Head to Toe
Recycled-content isn't just for school supplies anymore! Now, you can also find clothes and accessories made from recycled and other earth friendly materials. Here are some ideas to shop "green" for your school wear:
- Hats - eco fleece or hemp caps and hats can cover the bed head.
- Backpack - Carry your books in an eco backpack, www.hemp-sisters.com or your lunch in a reusable bag, www.reusablebags.com.
- Jackets - Keep warm with eco fleece, www.sweetskins.com, or search online for stores that sell Earth Ragz pullovers.
- Shirts - There are lots of choices for shirts: Casual shirts, www.noenemy.org, dress-up shirts for men, http://bollorganic.com/shop.html, or recycled fabrics and soda pop bottle attire, www.patagonia.com.
- Belts - Buckle up with a soda pop top seat belt, www.littlearth.com, or a recycled rubber belt, www.veganessentials.com.
- Skivvies - Believe it or not, you can wear green underwear, www.americanapparelstore.com.
- Bottoms - There are several choices for comfortable bottom attire: Find cool vintage pants or jeans, www.vintagetrends.com or www.rustyzipper.com. Wear organic cotton or hemp pants, www.rawganique.com. Gals, find cool skirts and dresses at www.sweetskins.com.
- Socks - To keep your tootsies warm, wear organic cotton, eco poly or eco wool socks, www.tekosocks.com.
- Shoes - Walk about in all natural shoes, http://simpleshoes.com, shoes with a conscious, www.mooshoes.com, or helpful shoes, www.ecosandals.com.
Being cool comes easy when you buy merchandise that is “green.” Green is a term for environmentally friendly products. Green products can be made from natural ingredients or recycled content materials. Also, products that do not contain toxic chemicals or generate a toxic wastes during manufacturing are green too.
The following are the keys to be green
- Practice ways to reduce trash and if you generate trash, then reuse it.
- Take care of what you own now, so maintain and repair it.
- Buy durable or “built to last” products.
- Buy products made from recycled content to promote
recycling, which use fewer natural resources.
- Buy products made from natural or non-toxic materials.
- Buy local to support your local manufacturers, artists, farmers or businesses.
- Buy products, which do not contain ingredients that have harmed animals.
- Buy products that use minimum packaging.
- Buy bottles or containers that can be refilled, reused or recycled.
- Buy energy efficient products, so go solar or look for the "Energy Star" logo.
- Look for a green label and read to figure out that it is really environmentally friendly. Get smart on labels by visiting www.eco-labels.org.
Shop at local stores or search online
Other Green Stuff
- Look for a green label and read to figure out that it is really environmentally friendly. Get smart on labels by visiting Greener Choices.
- Website to green you through and through