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The start of school is around the corner for many families.  It means time to get back to packing lunches, after school activities, and a routine.  Even adults without kids return from vacation and re-establish routine.

Why not add in one eco-friendly step this autumn?  Here are six simple green changes you can try:

1) Walk or bike to school or work once a week.  You’ll love the endorphins, the environment will love the lack of gas pollution.

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2) Convert your plastic bottled water habit to a water-from-home habit.  A stainless steel water bottle will save you money in the long run, eliminate waste, and give you BPA free beverages.  We recommend a 12 ounce klean kanteen with sports top or EarthLust 13 ounce bottle to fit in a children’s lunch box.

3) Pack your lunch once a week or more.  It’s easier to eat healthy local foods when you pack them yourself.  birdtote2

4) Use a reusable lunch bag like our totes from Blue Q and utensils like the microbites from Guyot Designs.  Save money and eliminate waste!

5) Enjoy your morning hot beverage in a reusable cup.  It’s easy to run through the drive through or stop at a coffee shop on the way to school or work, but those paper and styrofoam cups really add up in the landfill.  Bring your coffee or tea with you from home or ask your local barista to fill up your reusable mug.  Most will be happy to do so and some even offer a discount for bringing your own!

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6) Don’t forget to do your back to school shopping with reusable bags.  We now sell beautiful b.b.begonia foldable lightweight totes that make switching to reusable bags easy.

If you want to save a little green, use coupon code ‘greenschool’ at www.BayingHound.com for a 10% discount until August 31!

Are any of you planning back to school changes to benefit your health and the environment?

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