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School and Office Supplies: How to Use and Spend for them Wisely

Would you believe that every year, 14 billion pencils are produced? Most of them are produced with wood from ancient forests. Each year, Americans use about 31.5 million tons of printing and writing paper, which means that 535 million trees and 12 billion gallons of oil are required to make them. 

 

School supplies, though they may come in small piece, are actually so costly and damaging to produce. It’s also responsible of taking a big part of your budget each time another school year opens. This is somehow a similar case when you keep an office at home. More often than not, we tend to spend on supplies when we could have just recycled the papers or have just refilled the pens with ink. To avoid such waste on money and resources, here are ways to become a wise consumer while helping the environment.

 

 

Reuse and Recycle

Time and time again, we hear this phrase. And true enough, we should never ever forget about this option. Make it a practice to reuse and recycle whatever items that you can. For instance, instead of buying new notebooks, you can take out all the unused sheets from your old notebook and bind them or sew them together to create a new one. You can also save on your kids’ crayons.They are usually messy since they break and melt. You can therefore try melting them into new crayons if you have metal molds or you may also create school projects with the broken crayons by leaving them on the cardboard in the sun to see what designs they make. You can also reuse your little one’s backpacks by sewing the rips and covering the stains stylishly. Remember, in recycling, a little creativity can go a long way. 

 

Donate

There are a lot of children across the globe that go to school without adequate amount of supplies. If you have items which you feel like your children can no longer use because they have outgrown it or just simply no longer part of their school requirements, do not dispose them, donate them. Tap organizations in your community or do a research on where you can possibly pass on your stuff. Books, notebooks, and other craft supplies like scissors and colored pens are good items to donate. Instead of throwing them and adding more to the piled up garbage in the city, make a kid smile. However, make sure that what you donate are still useful. It’s not donation if you’re just throwing away what you want to get rid of. 

 

Shop Wisely

Smart spending is a key component in consumer consumption. You wouldn’t be worrying about buying new supplies or disposing them if you have been wise in purchasing in the first place. Patronize supplies that are eco-friendly. Also, it would help if you buy them in bulk if you think you will be able to utilize all of it. Go for quality. Never compromise quality just because you are saving money. Good investments are always better in the long run. Also, make sure that you buy items that will really be used. For instance, a customized pen you got from National Pen for your daughter is more likely to be appreciated so it’s something that will be worth your spending. Never spend on anything that would only end up being wasted.