Every year, parents spend millions of dollars nationwide on back-to-school supplies. This year, be sure to shop green. Remember that many thrift stores carry school supplies that will cost you a fraction of retail prices. Avoid excess packaging. A large percentage of solid waste stream is the result of unnecessary packaging. When given a choice, choose the product that is sensible, not over-packaged, and reuse or recycle packaging. Look for green labels that let you know the product is certified as environmentally friendly. Shopping list: What is it made of and Where can I get it? Water Bottle: Invest in a reusable water bottle made of metal or non-leaching plastics such as high or low density polyethylene (HDPE #2 and #4) Calculator: Both Casio and Texas Instruments offer solar models that don’t need batteries. You should be able to find these at a local supply store. Shoes: Recycled materials www.simpleshoes.com Backpack: Hemp, recycled bottles www.rawganique.com/HAbags2.htm www.earthpak.com Pencils: Recycled denim, currency, sustainably-managed forests www.forestchoice.com/store/index.cfm www.greenearthofficesupply.stores.yahoo. net/recjeanpen.html www.recycledproducts.com/? pid=209&cid=10 Pens: Recycled materials such as cardboard, refillable corn-based bioplastic www.frogfile.com www.grassrootsstore.com www.greenearthofficesupply.stores. yahoo.net/reccarpenwit1.html Lunch Box: Avoid vinyl all together. Metal, recycled plastic soda bottles www.Lunchboxes.com www.Reusablebags.com Textbooks: Recycled books www.bookrenter.com Binders: Buy more durable ones that you can reuse. Notebooks & Paper: Reuse old notebooks, flip them over and start from the back. Otherwise buy those with the highest content post consumer waste recycled. Kreg Weiss is a co-founder of My Yoga Online and certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. Several years ago, Kreg discovered yoga while teaching health and fitness. Yoga dramatically transformed Kreg's approach to teaching health and wellness as well as changed his personal life bringing new direction in finding physical, mental, and spiritual growth.
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With an extensive background in anatomy and physiology, Kreg Weiss is not only a certified Yoga Teacher but is also certified in Kinesiology (Exercise Science). Every single one of his classes integrates a purposeful, meditative quality, which allows an experience of connection and mental reflection - all while the body explores expansion and renewal. Following several successful years of venturing in the wellness industry as a personal trainer, group fitness trainer, and national competitive athlete, Kreg Weiss received his certification in yoga in 2002. He feels privileged to be able to empower his students with practices that are educational and engaging, all while being accessible. Soon after becoming an teacher, Weiss decided to expand his knowledge of the human body at University of British Columbia where he studied both Kinesiology and Health Sciences. In 2004, Kreg Weiss? passion for yoga led him to co-create MyYogaOnline.com, allowing him to share his love of yoga with people around the globe. Through integrity-driven classes, Weiss aims to provide students with the tools they need in order to pursue a one of a kind, confident practice, where asanas, pranayama, and meditation interact collectively to rejuvenate and heal the body and mind.