Think Green for Back to School – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Monday 14 July 2008 PDF Print This coming September parents and students can help reduce the environmental impact of the Back to School rush by considering the 3 R’s when stocking up on supplies for the new term. Reduce: With the eco stapler, metal clips become a thing of the past as this clever little gadget will attach up to three pages together by cutting and folding the paper in one action thus avoiding the need for paper clips. "If everyone in UK offices saved one staple a day that would be 72 tonnes of metal saved a year" - Wasteonline Re-use: Most of the rubbish we generate in the UK comes from packaging and school lunches are no exception. It has been estimated that the average disposable school lunch generates 30kg of waste per school year. That’s the equivalent of up to 8.5 tonnes of waste per average sized school per year. One way to avoid the packaging from lunches is with a re-usable Wrap-N-Mat, an innovative solution to cling film and plastic sandwich bags. Simple to use, you just fold it around the sandwiches or other lunchbox staples like biscuits or vegetable snacks, fold the cotton wrapper closed and secure with the Velcro strap. The Wrap-N-Mat also unfolds into a handy placemat measuring 33 x 33cm which provides a practical and clean eating surface wherever you are that is big enough to catch any spillages. Unlike plastic sandwich bags and cling-film the Wrap-N-Mat has been designed to last for many years so using it is a simple way to reduce waste going to landfill. Recycle: Encouraging a younger generation to reduce waste and recycle from an early age is a vital role we all need to play in order to reduce the volume of rubbish generated by future generations. One way to achieve this is through promoting recycled eco products in school supplies. Online eco store, ECOutlet have recently increased their accessories range to include childrens backpacks, lunchboxes and aprons all made using recycled juicepacks. The recycled stationery range includes pencil cases, rulers, notepads, pens and pencils made from a variety of recycled materials including car tyres, packaging, car parts and juice cartons. Bright, colourful and interactive, they send a clear message to a younger generation of the possibilities of recycling and how we can all reduce our environmental impact by recycling and choosing recycled products. Notes to Editors: ECOutlet is a website for people who care about the planet. It sells products that make a positive contribution to the environment and offers tips and advice on sustainable living. Contact for further information or hi-res product images: Paul Tuite Tel: 0207 2727 233 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ecoutlet.co.uk This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of ECOutlet in the following categories: Children & Teenagers, Home & Garden, Women's Interest & Beauty, Environment & Nature, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.