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Sustainable Practices in Schools

Updated: Mar 26



Sustainability is more important now than ever before. As our planet faces increasing environmental challenges, everyone must play their part, including schools, teachers, parents, students and everyone involved in the development of future generations. In this blog post, we'll explore practical and actionable steps that teachers and schools can take to promote sustainability and build a greener future.

Sustainable food practices Let's start with what's on our plates. Sustainable food practices involve growing, harvesting, and consuming food in an environmentally friendly manner. Schools have a unique opportunity to promote these values in students by:


  • Starting School Gardens: Gardens aren't just for aesthetics; they're invaluable teaching tools. By starting a school garden, teachers can educate students about sustainable farming practices while reducing reliance on processed lunches.

  • Opting for Local, Healthy Meals: Whether it's encouraging students to bring packed lunches or providing locally sourced options in the cafeteria, schools can significantly reduce their carbon footprint and promote healthier eating habits.

  • Offering Vegetarian and Vegan Options: By offering plant-based alternatives, schools not only reduce the environmental impact of meat production but also cater to diverse dietary needs.

  • Forging Local Partnerships: Collaboration with local farmers and food producers can create a sustainable supply chain for school meals, supporting the community while promoting sustainability.


Sustainable school materials Schools are hubs of learning, but they're also significant consumers of materials like paper and plastic. Implementing sustainable material practices is essential for reducing waste. Here's how schools can do their part:

  • Embracing Digital Devices: Transitioning to tablets or laptops for note-taking and assignments not only saves trees but also facilitates collaborative learning and access to information.

  • Promoting Reusable Solutions: Providing refillable water bottles and encouraging their use, along with refill stations, significantly reduces plastic waste.

  • Choosing Eco-Friendly Supplies: Opting for pencils made from recycled materials and other sustainable alternatives helps minimize environmental impact.

  • Implementing Reuse and Recycling Systems: Creating systems for reusing and recycling classroom materials promotes a circular economy mindset among students and staff


Maximizing recycling efforts

Recycling bins are a simple but effective way to promote sustainability in schools. By strategically placing them and educating students, schools can significantly boost recycling efforts:

  • Strategic Placement of Bins: Placing recycling bins in classrooms, hallways, and outdoor areas ensures easy access and encourages participation.

  • Educating Students on Proper Sorting: Teaching students what materials can be recycled and how to sort their waste correctly is crucial for effective recycling.

  • Safe Disposal of Dangerous Items: Implementing systems for the proper disposal of dangerous materials like batteries and electronics ensures environmental responsibility.

  • Student Engagement in Recycling Initiatives: Encouraging students to participate in recycling challenges and other initiatives fosters a sense of ownership and responsibility.

**If you want more information of how to use them, you can visit our blog post The ABCs of Recycling: Understanding the Color-Coded Bin System in the UK


Teaching Students

One of the most effective ways to promote sustainability is by educating students on the importance of reducing waste and conserving resources. Teachers and schools have a vital role to play in educating the next generation of environmental advocates by:

  • Incorporating Environmental Education: Integrating environmental topics across subjects, from science experiments to literature, helps students understand the importance of sustainability.

  • Hosting Workshops and Events: Workshops and events on sustainable practices create a culture of sustainability within the school community and empower students to take action.

  • Fostering Student Engagement: Encouraging students to research sustainability topics, present their findings, and participate in hands-on activities like tree planting and community clean-up events instils a sense of responsibility and agency.

  • Sustainable activities: Providing opportunities for students to participate in sustainability initiatives such as tree planting, waste reduction campaigns, and community clean-up events to make sustainability a hands-on experience.


Sustainability isn't just a goal; it's a journey. By adopting sustainable practices, schools have the opportunity to change and empower future generations to create a healthier, greener world. It's time to ditch the "because-we-always-have" mentality; remember, every little bit counts, and together, we can empower the next generation to become the sustainability experts our planet needs!


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