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Global awareness has been on everyone's mind lately and it's not too late to do your part. Not sure where to begin? We've gathered 10 easy ways to start. Try one a day or one a week — whatever makes it easier for you to take your first step towards being a little greener every day.

Then read on about what PBteen and other companies are doing to make a difference in an even bigger way.

10 Ways to Do Your Part

  • 1: Reduce

    1: Reduce

    We know you've heard this since day one, so we decided to start with the three R's: reduce, reuse, recycle. You can begin by reducing the amount of waste you produce. For example, instead of purchasing new bottled water every day, try filling reusable bottles with water or your favorite sports drinks for after-school practice, meetings or for your trips to and from school. At markets or convenient stores, if you're only buying a few things, go without the bag they offer and place them in your own backpack or reusable tote. Which leads us to our next tip...

  • 2: Reuse

    2: Reuse

    If you take your lunch to school, you can also pack it in a reusable food container, instead of plastic bags*. For quick trips to stores, remember to take your own bag instead of requesting a new one every time. Did You Know? Plastic bags are estimated to take up to 1,000 years to decompose!

  • 3: Recycle

    3: Recycle

    Make it a habit of recycling everything from old homework assignments and magazines to soda cans and plastic bottles. You'll feel empowered each time you throw something into the recycle bin. You can also encourage your school and family to purchase post-consumer recycled products — from printer paper to paper towels.

  • 4: Donate

    4: Donate

    Did you know you can also reduce & reuse by donating used items — including clothing you've outgrown and older electronics you no longer need. Look for charities and other community groups in your area that take donations and give them to those in need. You can even donate your old cell phone to tons of charities online. Did You Know? Over 125 million cell phones are thrown away in the U.S. every year.

  • 5: Lighten Up!

    5: Lighten Up!

    Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are now being used everywhere and for good reason. They use about 75% less energy than standard bulbs AND they last up to 10 times longer. Plus, they're available in a variety of sizes so they can be used indoors and out. Replace the bulbs in your bathroom, bedroom and lounge. You can even start an awareness campaign at your school and enlist your friends and classmates to do the same.

  • 6: Carpool

    6: Carpool

    Now onto bigger projects! If you're old enough to drive, start a carpool with two or three of your best friends. Not only will you be reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, but each of you will also save on gas money. Plus, you'll get the scoop on the latest news from your friends first thing every morning.

  • 7: Ride Your Bike

    7: Ride Your Bike

    Not driving yet? No problem! If you live close enough to school, try riding your bike. This will give you a physical and mental boost, PLUS it'll give you the quiet time you need to prepare for the day ahead.

  • 8: Plant a Tree

    8: Plant a Tree

    We know you've heard this since grade school, but planting trees can reduce carbon dioxide in the environment and create more clean air for everyone in your community. Get your friends involved and set aside an afternoon tree-planting party, filled with plenty of cool beverages, your favorite music, and of course, tree seedlings you can get from your local nursery, where they'll give you the info and tools you need to plant the right tree for your environment.

  • 9: Disconnect

    9: Disconnect

    Who doesn't need to disconnect every once in a while? Unplug your chargers, get-ready appliances like hair dryers, and even your laptop or portable DVD player when you're not using either of them. Even when they're off, energy is wasted. Did You Know? Up to 75% of electricity produced by the average home is from plugged-in electronics that are not in use.

  • 10: Spread the Word

    10: Spread the Word

    Write a paper and share what you're doing with your classmates. Start a recycling program at your school if there isn't one already. Start a weekend donation drive with friends. Whatever you do, know that one person CAN make a difference.

What We're Doing Now

Over the past year, we've made dramatic efforts to improve everything we do and make ourselves a greener company — from our new eco-friendly bedding to the actual paper on which our catalogs are printed. We're proud of what we've achieved, but we know there's much more to do. Here's where we've started.

  • The New Naturals

    The New Naturals

    Good for the Earth and Your Room

    Some of our bedding and towels now contain at least 5% organic cotton grown without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers. It's a simple way to promote organic farming while giving you the same quality you've come to expect from PBteen. Plus, look for bedding collections made with 100% organic cotton in solids, stripes and florals.

    We also offer a large selection of bedding approved by Oeko-Tex* – the world’s definitive ecological certification process.

    Oeko–What? Oeko–Tex (pronounced "EEK–o–teks") certification ensures that our collections are produced through a carefully guided and strictly regulated process–using no pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, fragrances or dyes. This makes our collections not only softer on your skin, but even better for the environment.

  • Forest Stewardship Council

    Even Our Catalog's Gone Green

    Your favorite PBteen catalogs are now printed entirely on Forest Stewardship Council certified paper. What does this mean? FSC certification ensures that the paper used in our catalogs contains fiber from well-managed and responsibly harvested forests that meet strict environmental and socioeconomic standards. The FSC logo on our catalog signals not only FSC certification, but also PBteen's commitment to improving the environment.

  • Wrapping Things Up

    Wrapping Things Up

    Worried about the packaging that comes with some of your favorite items from PBteen? Our gift wrap, gift boxes and shipping cartons all contain up to 30% recycled post–consumer waste.

    Learn More, DO MORE! (Student Environmental Action Coalition)