Wondering what to do with your child’s old clothes or broken toys? In celebration of Earth Day on April 21, PS 321’s Green & Healthy committee has compiled a list of easy tips to reduce, reuse, and recycle that won’t take much time and might even simplify your life, all while benefiting our environment.
- Stash a reusable shopping bag in all your family’s bags—including your child’s backpack—so you’re less likely to be without. Buy a 321 bag at school on 4/21! Carry a reusable water bottle with you, even while traveling. Many rest stops and airports now have bottle filling stations (fill it AFTER going through airport security!).
- Pack your child a no-trash lunch (or reduce trash by using reusable containers instead of plastic baggies and tinfoil). Purchase some of our favorite lunch containers on Amazon here (a percent of your purchase will go to the school). Stash a set of cutlery for yourself at the office, too!
- Don’t trash used clothes! Goodwill will send unusable clothing and fabric to be recycled (they’re paid for it), so include stained and ripped items in your donation bags. If you can’t get there, they will pay shipping for donations you send to them in any box (reuse box too!) — through Give Back Box. Most of our local Farmer’s Markets also collect clothing and other items for donations and recycling — learn more here.
- Learn more about curbside organics collection! Even if you’re choosing to compost only a few items — say used paper towels and fruit peels — it will make a difference! Some local restaurants, grocery stores and cafes use compostable cutlery, cups and plates, and many coffee bags are compostable (in a municipal facility).
- Plastic toys, even if damaged or broken, are recyclable! So are ALL hard plastic containers, even if oversized (such as storage bins), straws and coffee cup lids! Check nyc.gov for details. PS321 is also collecting used/broken markers (including dry erase and highlighters) and mechanical pencils—drop in the vestibules in main and mini schools through 4/21!