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Eco-Friendly Back to School

Published Friday Aug 9, 2019

Eco-Friendly Back to School

As Elizabeth Segran writes, she loved the ritual of back-to-school shopping with her mom.

We’d hit the stores with a shopping list in hand. I’d carefully pick out a new backpack and pencil case, and all the pens, notebooks, and binders I would need for the year. Selecting gear was as much a form of self-expression as preparing for an upcoming year of classes.

But all that consumerism has a major environmental footprint. American households are expected to spend $745 million over the next few weeks, buying the clothes, sneakers, and school supplies for the new year. Most of these products aren’t particularly durable or well-made. Here is what you need to know before you shop...Read the story at

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