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5 back-to-school green tips

Here are five back-to-school tips from an interesting "for-profit" recycling outfit based in Chicago called USAgain:

1. Use the Snack Taxi. All those plastic bags for sandwiches and snacks for school lunches add up. Keep it green by packing snacks in these cute, reusable, washable bags. Check out Snacktaxi.com to find out where to buy them.

2. When you’re cleaning out the closet to make room for all the new back to school duds make sure you recycle old clothes. Check out USAgain.com to find locations for drop boxes where you can easily dispose of last year’s styles.

3. Every page counts. Make sure that you are buying notebooks made from 100% post-consumer materials. New Leaf Paper makes stylish and affordable notes books that are (available at Target) and they’ve saved almost 2.5 million trees doing it.

4. Buy used books. Better World Books offers a huge selection of used books for reasonable pricesand for every book that you buy, they donate one to someone in need.

5. If you’re buying a new computer this season -- make sure you responsibly dispose of the old one. Earth911.com is a great resource for finding a place to recycle electronics near you.

USAgain collects unwanted textiles and resells them in the U.S. and abroad, effectively diverting millions of pounds of clothing from landfills, generating new revenue streams for U.S. businesses and non-profits, and fueling local economies in emerging countries.

The company does not yet have a presence in Eastern Washington, however, it does have clusters of unattended boxes around Enumclaw and North Bend.

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