A look at what we’re consuming, and how to scale back.

I used to love back to school shopping.

There was something about clean notebooks and unsharpened pencils that made me feel armed and ready. I remember those trips as a kid, my brother and I let loose with a shopping cart, told to “get whatever you need, it’s for your education.”

While all this shopping is for education’s sake, let’s not forget that those paper products and new fall wardrobes deliver an environmental impact.

Column Five Media and Ethical Ocean have made this infographic about the waste generated by schools, students, and back-to-school shopping. They also offer tips on decreasing student waste, from carpooling to reusing lunch containers. I think it goes without saying to lay off paper airplanes.

Click for larger image. Photo: Column Five Media