1. Mercury: Use only digital thermometers, secure storage of batteries & light bulbs,
  2. Furniture & Carpets: No wall-to-wall carpet, furniture made of wood (not particleboard), furniture in good condition, no foam exposed from furniture or toys.
  3. Art Supplies: Use only non-toxic art supplies approved by the Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) (see www.acminet.org/index.htm for a list).
  4. Plastics & Plastic Toys: If toys are made of soft plastic vinyl, make sure they say “PVC-free”,
  5. Recycling: Recycle paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum, and plastic bottles.
  6. Playground Equipment: Nothing made of treated wood.

Even if you decide not to pursue the endorsement by completing the checklist, you can still follow the go-green actions in some of these 10 categories, and then publicize the fact that you are making these efforts.

To take it one step further, you can educate your preschool and pre-K children about your efforts, such as recycling and why it’s important.  Hold a special celebration around Earth Day (April 22) or have a special day each month that you do something good for our planet.

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