When I read Barbara Frank's post headline, Homeschool = Green, I thought, huh? Yeah, okay, we recycle and all, but how does that make us greener than public schools? Then I followed the link to Susan's Pendulum (great name BTW) and realized we are greener!
So the kiddos and I started compiling a list of all the ways homeschooling is more environmentally friendly. Here are our top five:
1. No commute. Less gas used.
2. No lighting, air conditioning or heating a second building all day long. Less energy used.
3. No plastic utensils, milk boxes, Lunchables, brown paper bags, Ziplocs, etc. used at lunch. (Read stats on Susan's blog.)
4. Kids don't need to keep up with latest trends. Fewer changes of clothes needed. (Salamander informs me that pajamas all day would be okay with him."It's for the planet, Mom!")
5. Fewer cleaning products needed to CLEAN a second building. I wonder how much Lysol an average kindergarten goes through in a year.
I'm sure you could come up with quite a few more.
Isn't it a great thing to be able to educate your child and save the planet at the same time? I feel so noble, like a super hero or something. I need a cape. Make it a green one!