Published: Aug 07, 2013 9:10 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 07, 2013 10:16 AM EDT

(FORT MYERS, Fla.)- Tips for staying green:

Reuse old notebooks and backpacks after updating them with new zipper pulls and appliqués.

Pack lunches in washable, reusable bags instead of disposable bags and use reusable containers rather than sandwich bags and foil.

Get environmental and health benefits by making fresh, whole fruit part of the meal since it comes with its own packaging.

Visit consignment stores and vintage clothing shops to reuse fashionable accessories and save on clothing expenses.

Make a scrap paper box and use the blank side for drafts of homework before recycling the paper.

College students:

Use recyclable batteries and "smart" power strips that stop appliances from drawing power when they are not in use.

Find the coffee mugs, travel cups and beverage containers that fit your style and personality and reduce the use of disposable paper cups.

Energize your dorm, fraternity, sorority and friends with motivational events such as a green move-in/move-out in which items can be given to local charitable groups to reuse and repurpose.