Green Fundraising Ideas for Schools

Green Fundraising Ideas for Schools

The environment is one of the most important things to take care of, and this is a lesson that children must learn at a young age so they grow up appreciating the environment. One of the best ways to get children to understand and respect the environment is create activities that will get school children thinking and actively helping. Green fundraising is a perfect way to raise money for an important cause while educating a generation on how to take care of the environment.

Green fundraising should involve selling products that are known to be friendly to the environment. Students should be able to create products or gain access to products that can be sold for fundraising that can be called environmentally safe. One of the most important things to use is recycled goods. There are plenty of safe and fun projects that can be used in order to support green fundraising.

Selling bags made out of recyclable material is a good community project that can be done between students, teachers and participating volunteers. Tote bags are popular items for many different reasons, and tote bags made out of recycled material are even more popular with eco-friendly folk. With so many people going green and using their own bags for things like groceries and shopping, eco-friendly bags can be a big hit!

Another great green fundraiser that could be done in schools is a gardening project. Students can plant gardens from seeds on up. Many schools already are creating their own compost bins, and the combination of the two would make for a great garden. Once products are ready for sale, students could hold their own version of a farmer’s market with people buying natural and healthy products and contributing to a great cause.

It is important to make sure that when advertising for a green fundraiser, don’t use a strategy that could be considered unfriendly to the environment. For example, don’t use non-recycled paper to post fliers all over the place, as that would appear to be counter-productive. If deciding to go with the garden idea, don’t bring chemicals or anything unnatural into the mix! It sends out a bad message to community and to the children. The next generation is ready to go green at a young age, so be sure to help them start right!

Amy Lombard is the marketing director at Mixed Bag Designs, a green fundraising company that offers smart and stylish reusable bags. When not riding her bike around the Bay Area, Amy is busy helping school fundraisers across the country reach their goals with Mixed Bag Designs’ eco-friendly products.

Hi, I’m Sommer (@greenmom) and I’ve been calling this my blogging home for 9 years. I’m a juggler of life, a protective mama bear and I enjoy travel, wine, sunshine and good books. I’m passionate about inspiring others to live a little healthier and greener each day. I’m many things but above all I’m a believer in karma and the good in people. I’m a children’s book author, public speaker and consultant. My full-time gig is working as a Marketing Manager for and helping to encourage everyone to eat healthier. Check out my about me page for more details.


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  • I like how my son’s class raised money last year. They had families bring in aluminum cans and plastic soda bottles for recycling. Nothing extra to buy, and while recycling’s easy here, it was a nice way to talk about recycling with the kids.

  • Rebecca Foster

    One of the first things I saw in my first Spring in my new home was a children’s group that was selling daffodils that they had grown with their own hands.  Not only was this beautiful, it also showed just how much ‘greener’ my new community is.  As you can imagine, they weren’t selling for very long… people bought them like crazy!

  • Learning about environment is the best thing and Recycling of any useful product also one of the best thing we can teach to students. The students in small age they will pick the stuff quickly. They will be very eager to learn new things.