When back to school season rears its head, you have to make sure that your children have all the necessary school supplies to make the most of the coming school year. Children need backpacks, pencils, paper, notebooks, binders, erasers, folders, crayons, markers, glue, scissors and other various supplies for making the transition back into school mode.
Buying all these items runs into a bit of an expense so catching deals and learning to recycle supplies can really save your family a lot of money. Unfortunately, getting children to recycle something is not as easy. When it comes to backpacks and decorative folders and binders, they are ready for something new and worried about what their friends will think if they show up wearing or using something from last school year.
Using a bit of creativity and ingenuity, you can recycle school supplies and make those items look brand new or completely different. Recycle sturdy, reusable backpacks by dyeing the backpack or otherwise decorating the bag with sewing embellishments like ribbon, lace, buttons, flair pins and fabric paints. To reuse old binders, clean up the plastic and vinyl parts with a damp cloth or a scrubbing sponge. In addition, you can bring new life to old fold-pocket binders by inserting decorative images into the clear pockets.
Instead of buying a brand new pack of mechanical pencil, replace the erasers and ink by purchasing only those items and recycling any old mechanical pencils your children will use in class. If you have hundreds of used wooden pencils lying around your home, place those in a pencil box for your child after you give them new life with a coat of your child’s favorite color in acrylic paint. Encourage your children to retain wooden pencils without erasers and cap them with new erasers to recycle the pencils until no longer usable.
If your child has hundreds to thousands of coloring pencils and crayons laying around the house, do not give in and buy another pack for school. Instead, place those items in a decorative pencil box and have your child recycle them throughout the next school year.
If your children suggest on new items for the new school year, you can make use of those recycled school supplies yourself. Keep old notebooks for use when making grocery lists, old pencils and pins for your personal use, backpacks into diaper bags for younger children and old folders and binders into storage for important documents or recipes. When all else fails, recycle school supplies by donating old items your children refuse to use, to less fortunate children and families who will happily put those recycled school supplies to use.