The Possibilities of an Ethical Back-to-School Approach

As the new school year approaches, there are possibilities for an ethical back-to-school approach. And there is a growing emphasis on adopting an ethical approach that embraces fair trade and sustainability. Such an approach aims to create a positive impact on both local and global communities while instilling important values in students. Here’s how a back-to-school strategy can be designed to align with fair trade, ethical, and sustainable principles:

Fair Trade Products

Students and teachers can choose to source products like school uniforms, stationery, and snacks from fair trade certified suppliers. Fair trade ensures that producers in developing countries receive fair wages and work under safe conditions, promoting social and economic justice.

Sustainable School Supplies

Try to use eco-friendly and sustainable school supplies, such as recycled paper, non-toxic art materials, and reusable water bottles. This reduces the school’s environmental footprint and fosters a culture of sustainability.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Save money, eat healthier, reduce waste, and personalise meals by taking your lunch to school. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Green Initiatives

Try to establish environmental clubs or committees within the school to promote green initiatives, such as planting trees, creating a school garden, or organising clean-up drives.

By embracing fair trade and sustainability in the back-to-school approach, schools, students, and teachers can become beacons of positive change. Through practical actions and educational initiatives, students are not only equipped with knowledge but also empowered to become ethical global citizens who can make a meaningful difference in the world.


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Fair Trader and back-to-school baskets