Back to school

A sustainable return to school. responsible purchases

Once again, it's back to school. A time when consumption for families skyrockets. But is it possible to reconcile this consumption associated with the school period with responsible consumption and care for the environment? In the following report from the Consumer Portal, we give you some keys to achieve this.

With the arrival of September, the holidays are over of the smallest ones. Back to school is also synonymous with routine recovery, of healthy habits, and is also an opportunity to put into practice a series of practices aimed at improving the environmental care.

To achieve this, we give you a series of guidelines that will make a sustainable return to school possible:


Buy only what you need

Going back to school requires a significant number of shopping for families such as school supplies, backpacks, books. There are many purchases that go hand in hand with the start of the school year. However, there are times when we get carried away by the whirlwind and end up buying products that we do not finish using or that are not necessary. A good way to control purchases is to make a list of what we are really going to need.



Back-to-school purchases are usually associated with new material. However, it is not always necessary to be brand new to return to the classroom, but we can use material that we have and that still has a useful life. To optimize this option, a good practice is to take inventory of everything we already have at home and reuse everything that is still in good condition. Sometimes, material that we have broken or half worn out just needs a facelift to extend its durability. In the case of backpacks or material for extracurricular activities, you can also use second-hand product sales platforms.


Second hand books

An increasingly common practice is to resort to second-hand textbooks. Often, these books are used for only a year, and then we throw them away. Resort to books used by other students will allow us extend the life of these products and reduce the environmental impact of its production. If you don't know anyone who can provide them, you can try to purchase them from stores or platforms specialized in second-hand books, or through the educational center itself.


Buy books


Buy sustainable material

Since we have to make many purchases associated with going back to school, a good practice may be to resort to sustainable material. More and more establishments offer products with the guarantee of sustainability, due to the use of natural materials or those with little impact on the environment. An increasingly widespread trend is to resort to products from fair Trade.


Sustainable transport

Going back to school also means reorganizing trips to Take the kids to school. We can contribute to the environment if we also carry out this task in a sustainable way, limiting car use, and thereby avoiding traffic collapses and pollution. The most common way is to use instead the public transport, although there are other sustainable transportation options, such as the bicycle or the scooter if it is about older children. If we need to make long trips with small children we can also use the shared transport, which will not only reduce the environmental impact, but also significant economic savings.


Tote Bags

With the return to school they also return breakfasts and snacks At recess. It is common for schoolchildren to wear traditional sandwiches wrapped in plastic or aluminum foil. These materials end up becoming waste that is difficult and expensive to dispose of. Therefore, it is advisable to resort to other practices, such as carrying a cloth bag, which can accompany us throughout the course; or other types of less polluting packaging, such as paper.


Educate in sustainability

Education begins at home. Therefore, it is important that we take advantage of these tips to create dynamics aimed at improving Caring for sustainability from home. Going back to school can also be a very good opportunity to start putting into practice necessary actions such as recycling or saving water.


Updated September 7, 2023.