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Go Green Ideas

Reducing Junk Mail

Go Green junk mail tree

"Every year more than 100 million trees are cut down to make junk mail - the equivalent of clearcutting all of Rocky Mountain National Park every 4 months!"


Reduce your junk mail today, here are two ways...

 Sign up with - costs $41, they will actively reduce your junk mail for 5 years, they contact companies for you to save you time, and they will donate $15 of the $41 to the Alameda Education Foundation

 Stop your junk mail, help the environment, and help raise money for Alameda Schools. Go online to and follow the instructions. This is free, takes more time and effort, but costs nothing.


By stopping junk mail you:

Save Trees! More than 100 million trees are destroyed to produce junk mail. 42% of timber harvested nationwide becomes pulpwood for paper

Reduce global warming. The energy used to produce and dispose of junk mail exceeds 9 million cars. That's a lot of greenhouse gas emissions!

Save water! About 28 billion gallons of water are wasted to produce and recycle junk each year

Save time! You waste about 70 hours a year dealing with junk mail.

44% of junk mail goes directly into our landfills unopened.


For more information about junk mail:

*These websites will direct you away from AUSD's website

Forest Ethics Do Not Mail Website

Climate Change: Junk Mail's Impact on Global Warming (PDF)

Waste-Free Parties for Classrooms


In the fall of 2008 Edison Go Green Committee bought each class (with Go Green grant money) a party set of plates, cups, knives, forks and spoons to use in class parties and events.

Instead of parents donating disposable plates, cups and flatware, we encourage parents to volunteer to use the party set. This involves taking it home, run used items through the dishwasher and bringing it back the next day.

In one year if all classes use the set we save more than 1200 disposable plates!


Here are some ways you can reduce waste at parties...

Reducing green (food scrap) waste by separating and putting in green bins near multi-purpose room. 

Recycling of any bottles, paper or any other recyclable items in the correct bins (many recyclable plastic water bottles will look the exactly the same in 80 years time if left in landfill, avoid this by putting in them in a blue recycling bin).

Reduce waste by buying bigger packets of food rather than smaller individually wrapped items.

Reduce waste buy buying drinks in large recyclable bottles, rather than disposable individual drink containers

Reduce waste when giving gifts -  give teachers gifts in reusable bags rather than using wrapping paper.

Avoid non-recyclable items like juice pouches, styrofoam, plastic forks and straws.


Here are some Green party ideas/activities...

Instead of cake get cupcakes - the kids don't need plates and the wrapping can go in the green waste - zero landfill waste!

Hold a Party Olympics: Set up a series of fun activities including relay races, jump rope and kickball. For treats, hand out organic cookie “medals”

Paint some rocks e.g Crafts kaboose

Decorating reusable cloth napkins, kids can sign their names on them and draw designs with fabric pens - they can then use them in their pack lunches instead of disposable wipes/napkins.

Make paper airplanes out of old magazines or old school notices.

Make cootie catchers out of the back of paper that has only been used on one side -kids can fill in their own messages.

For the winter holidays make snowflakes out of recycled paper