It's that time of year when many of us are stocking up on shiny new school supplies for ourselves or the kids. Re-Nest will be sharing some suggestions for eco-friendly school supplies later this week, but first: what to do with your old ones?
Of course, reusing your supplies is usually the greenest choice, but if you're ready to part with that old binder, backpack, computer, or even music and sports equipment, The Daily Green has some suggestions to keep them out of the landfill – and help others. Their tips include:
• Donate general school supplies: I Love Schools allows you to donate your gently used school supplies (from notebooks to footballs to musical instruments) or to fund a classroom wish list.
• Donate clothes: Donate your used shoes to Soles4Souls, an organization that will clean them and distribute them around the world.
• Donate used backpacks: The Backpack Project collects backpacks, fills them with donated essential items – like food, toiletries, books and art supplies – and then gives them to homeless youth.