Do you encourage your STEMists to live a “greener” lifestyle?
Whether you are a parent who homeschools your children or a teacher with a classroom of STEMists, teaching children to be eco-friendly and environmentally aware can build lifelong habits that may protect the future of our planet. Groovy Lab in a Box has a mission to be environmentally conscious when planning the supplies and producing the packaging for its monthly-themed science kit. In fact, we try to include green activities to instill an eco-friendly mindset among our STEMists.
“We are always looking for ways to decrease our carbon footprint, directly or indirectly, through our packaging and supplies for our monthly themes,” said Katy McCracken, product development specialist for Groovy Lab in a Box.
McCracken says she is a “recyclaholic” when it comes to using materials of any kind. “I am so pleased that Team Groovy Lab in a Box is continuously working to create a product that is recyclable, reusable or compostable,” says McCracken. “For example, STEMists will notice a change in the size of their lab notebook—a measure to reduce waste and cut down on the weight of the product, ultimately affecting our carbon footprint.”
A Groovy Green Box
STEMists can count on the Team Groovy Lab in a Box to have considered the environment with each box they receive. Many STEMists don’t realize that there is more to the friendly, retro Groovy Lab in a Box packaging than meets the eye. First, our lab notebooks are 100% recyclable and biodegradable because they are printed with inks that use vegetable oil as its base.
Additionally, our boxes are made with 100% recycled content with a varying percentage of post-industrial and post-consumer waste. Our boxes don’t stop there—Groovy boxes are 100% recyclable, biodegradable and compostable because they are printed with water-based inks. These inks are non-toxic, lead-free and do not contain any heavy metals.
Going Green With Our Supplies
Many of the supplies included in our science kits are also eco-friendly. For example, the Keep on Turning themed box includes sugar cane bowls. Intended as a supply for a water wheel activity, the bowls are made from 100% renewable and reclaimed resources. Sugarcane fiber products are BPI-certified compostable and a strong alternative to traditional plastic or polystyrene.
In addition to our supplies, we teach about the environment through our blog posts and monthly investigations. In our Groovy and Simple Water Experiments for STEMists blog post, Team Groovy included a Give a Hoot. Don’t Pollute! section presenting STEMists with a challenging experiment on how to clean polluted water. And, in the For the Birds groovy box, STEMists are presented with an Engineering Design Challenge to design and build a bird feeder that meets the survival needs of local birds using upcycled materials. The activity prompts STEMists to investigate types of birds in their local area, the bird’s drinking and feeding habits, and what types of bird feeder structures best suit them.
Be sure to check out our cool, retro style Groovy Lab in a Box for the STEMists in your life! Groovy Lab in a Box contains hours of exciting and fun scientific challenges, many including information and challenges that teach them to be responsible for the planet we live on—the perfect gift for any STEMist!