1. Save paper by using dry-erase paper covers that make exercises reusable. amazon.com Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $20.49. 2. Instead of using plastic Easter grass, use leftover salad greens or shredded paper instead. upcyclemagazine.com It's actually kind of adorable, like an Easter salad. 3. Avoid plastic by replacing your highlighters with highlighter pencils instead. amazon.com These are $11.79 for a pack of 6 assorted colors from Amazon Prime 4. Seed starter pots make a great afternoon gardening project, especially if you can reuse items like toilet paper rolls and Play-doh canisters. thekindergartenconnection.com 5. This DIY felted soap lasted this teacher (who normally goes through many, many bars of soap) for four (!!!) months. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @undefined Bonus points for using surplus wool! Get a tutorial here. 6. Always have a recycling bin in the classroom. peppyzestyteacherista.com This teacher says: "I created 'Recycler' as a classroom job to help encourage others in our classroom to recycle." 7. Recycle cereal boxes, Amazon boxes, and other kinds of packaging for games and lessons. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @undefined I mean, how cute and fun are these puzzles made from food packaging?? munchkinsandmoms.com 8. Save your soap dispensers and use them as an easy way to distribute paints. pinterest.com 9. Glue-soaked sponges will save you so many glue sticks. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @undefined The teachers have spoken, and the teachers feel that this is the best hack ever. 10. This teacher bought reusable chalkboard place cards off eBay to avoid having to laminate name tags time and time again. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @undefined 11. Get on Terracycle's list for chip bag and squeeze pack recycling — they send you free shipping labels and you mail them the box. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @undefined You're not alone if these items are the #1 source of garbage in your classroom. 12. Make watercolor paints by soaking your unusable markers. ourhomesweethome.org 13. You should save your dead markers and ship them off to Crayola, who actually recycles them, using a free shipping label. Facebook / Via snopes.com You could also set up a collection station at your school. Go to Crayola Colorcycles for more information. 14. Furoshiki, a style of Japanese gift wrapping, is a great skill to teach using discarded clothes/cloth. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @undefined Definitely save this one for the Mother's Day gifting projects. 15. And speaking of Mother's Day, this teacher created a project making zero-waste lavender sachet gifts using burlap, yarn, and bulk bin lavender. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: @undefined 16. Try a stapleless stapler. amazon.com Get it for $13.79 from Amazon. 17. Use refillable whiteboard markers. auspen.us Every school and office needs these! They cost $14.95 for a set of 6 assorted colors.