Hands up who hates chocolate drives? Me too. There is no way I am letting a big box of individually-wrapped, poor quality chocolate into my home. Why? Because I’m the mum who sends $50 into the school then eats the whole damned box. I eat it to stop the kids badgering me but mostly I just eat is cos it’s there. And Caramelo Koalas are addictive.
Fundraising doesn’t have to mean peddling junk food or cheesy mementos to your friends and family (although I do loves me mug with my kid’s face on it…). Your school can raise money and contribute to a cleaner, greener planet, with a bit of learning thrown in for good measure.
Here are some eco friendly school fundraising ideas that actually help the earth and won’t make you fat!
You know how much I love TerraCycle, the company that recycles the unrecyclable. Well, you can organise a mass-recycling program at your school and earn cash in return. Sign up for “brigades” such Oral Care or Cleaner Packaging, and get the whole school community to bring in their toothpaste tubes, pumps, triggers, coffee capsules and other relevant packaging to earn 2c per item. Simply send the packaging waste for free via Australia Post. I love this campaign and can’t wait to set it up at my kids’ school (I thought I’d wait until we’d been there a term!). www.terracycle.com.au
Mobile 4 Charity
This Australian organisation basically buys old mobile phones from schools (and other charities). Your school can either be a public collection point, or you can limit it to the greater school community. Mobile 4 Charity provides collection bins and envelopes, plus plenty of support and examples of how you can communicate about your initiative. Once collected, phones are assessed and valued. The non-working phones will be recycled, while the working handsets are refurbished and go on to a new and happy life. It’s believed there are millions of unused mobiles lurking in drawers, so the potential for earnings is high. Obviously, the more “young” phones you can attract the better, as these have a higher value (up to $50). www.mobile4charity.com.au
Sow. Let’s Grow Together by Planet Eco
Planet Eco makes gorgeous gardening kits and offers a generous 30% commission for fundraisers. Students and parents can choose from Veggie, Flower, Herb or Tea Patch Kits, which start from $19.95, plus accessories – a paper pot maker, plant press, bottle-top waterer and bamboo plant tags. The fundraising website has heaps of helpful information and tools, such as templates for promoting your fundraising campaign and tips on making it rock. www.planetecofundraising.com.au
Reusables Etc for Schools
Online store, Reusables Etc offers 10% commission on sales made via a registered fundraising campaign. After registering your school, parents can shop for lunchboxes, water bottles and anything else from the huge range of reusable products, then simply enter the promotional code at checkout. Reusables Etc provides a great range of digital resources to be used in emails or on your school’s website and the campaign can be ongoing. Commission is paid directly to the school quarterly; there are no forms to fill out or payments to chase! www.reusablesetc.com.au/schools
Certified organic health and beauty company MiEssence provides your school with a dedicated website where people can order moisturisers, deodorants, make-up and much more directly. Again, this is a super easy set-up as you don’t have to collect forms, distribute products or any of that malarky, you simply need to share the website and encourage people to spend up big. MiEssence offers 30% commission and free delivery for individual orders over $100. www.inessence-organics.com/fundraising
4 My Earth
This small Aussie business makes super-cool sandwich wraps, lunch bags, food covers and other reusable items designed to eliminate plastic from lunchboxes and in the kitchen. They’re so handy and actually save you money so they are an easy sell! 4 My Earth provides order forms and packages individual orders (shipping is free if the total order is more than $500). There’s a great commission of 35% and, where possible, 4 My Earth can attend your school fete so parents can see the quality of the goods. www.4myearth.com.au/fundraising
This is a quirky product to sell as a fundraiser but the great advantage is that it’s something every home can use and it will help them save money. The EcoSwitch allows you to easily turn off a bunch of appliances so they no longer draw power in standby mode, which can cut the average home electricity bill by 10%. EcoSwitch provides schools with a 30-day account and between 48 and 53% commission depending on how many units you buy. Lots of support and marketing material to help you sell the product. www.ecoswitch.com.au/fundraising
A new, family-owned business helping you contribute to both your school and the community in which the products you sell were made. Stock your Mother’s Day stall with beautiful fair-trade gifts from Africa, India and Bangladesh, invite parents to buy ethically-produced Christmas crackers, or be bold and try soap nuts. Margins are great (up to 50%) and choosing fair-trade opens up the conversation about equitable consumerism. www.fair-tradefundraising.com.au