Pick a waste item (called a brigade) to collect and mail it off to TerraCycle where they turn it into a new product. The interesting thing is that anyone can collect for free: individuals, organizations, charities, households or schools. For every accepted item of waste, your school sends in you will receive points towards items or money for the school. You can run it throughout the school year or for a short period of time. TerraCycle’s website is really handy for learning everything you need to know about setting up a program at your school.
Every parent knows you have to label every single item your child takes to school so that at the end of the year you can claim it back! The interesting green thing about Emily Press Labels is they offer reusable labels (think school and then camp) and write your own labels. Schools can run campaigns at any point throughout the year and they will send offline catalogues also. Open to Canada and United States.
Strawesome makes reusable kid-friendly glass straws! Campaigns run online with a coupon code. Help is available from the start of the campaign to the finish and once you get over $300 in sales you can follow along online! Strawesome ships worldwide.
Offering “mindful fundraising”, Sessabel stocks everyday products for every member of the family and several green beauty favourites. Currently only local to the GTA; owner Dawn comes to the school with sample items to talk to your group about the campaign. Every item online also includes all the ingredients so purchasers can make informed decisions. This is a very personalized program for your school. Sessabel supports as many local parent-entrepreneurs as possible, and all companies are parent-started.
Do you have any green fundraising ideas for schools? Tell us so we can add them to our list!