It’s almost time to think about getting back to “real life.”  Even if you don’t have children and don’t have to think about school, autumn still means the end of vacation season and a return to ordinary day-to-day life.  So this week, we’re going to talk about water-conscious choices with a back-to-school perspective.

When I grew up, back-to-school shopping didn’t just mean buying school supplies, it also meant it was time to update my wardrobe.  When you replenish your closet, do you think about the virtual water content of the clothes you buy?   In other words, every single item of clothing goes through a production process that uses water, and being choosy about what you wear can make a big environmental impact.  

What’s the difference between school and work?  Lots of things, of course (hopefully your office doesn’t give you grades on an A-F scale) but the supplies for each are pretty much the same: you need your pens, you need your paper, and you need to know how to use a computer.  So even though this post focuses on office supplies, many of the principles can be applied to water-saving school supplies as well.

We all get a bit sick of cafeteria food after a while – seriously, when is the last time you had a fond remembrance of your school lunch program?  But whether your child does the brown bag program or braves the cafeteria line, cutting back on meat and animal products can mean major water savings.

These are just some of the factors when it comes to back to school (or back to work, or back to autumn) preparations.  If there’s any major tips we’ve missed, share in the comments below.