It’s that time of year again. Back-to-school shopping. With the mass of other school kids and their parents, each holding their own list of supplies from their teachers, each going about on his or her own path and each as lost as the next: sounds exciting doesn’t it? But going green when you’re shopping for school supplies can be even tougher, especially when each teacher requests different stuff. Use this list of cool school supplies to go green when you go back-to-school this year.
Often the most used and most expensive of the many school supplies that are required for the year, the backpack is also one of the least greenest back-to-school supplies. Many backpacks are made from manmade fibers and plastics that get tossed in our landfills each year.
The best way to have a sustainable back-to-school backpack is to reuse the one from last year. But that’s not always possible after heavy use. Land’s End Eco-Friendly Backpack is a good choice for new packs. Made from 100% recycled fibers, this backpack takes on new meaning when you think of recycled; it looks to good!
While a backpack is used everywhere in school, paper is just as popular. In fact, school wouldn’t be school without it. But cutting down the countless amounts of trees for learning just doesn’t seem to make much sense.
Staples Eco-Friendly Notebooks offer recycled paper locally. If your really looking for the ultimate in green paper, but your looking for something a little more stylish than the brown best of Staples, check out Ecopaper.com’s banana paper for an awesome solution to tree-free paper products.
Another widely used school supply, pencils are made from plastic and wood, then thrown away, lost or used up. So why don’t we have recyclable pencils already? We do!
Smencils! Need I say more? Pencils that smell delicious-hence the name-smencils are made from 100 recycled newspapers and plastics, then scented for the ultimate in sustainable back-to-school supplies!
Another one of those must haves for back-to-school supplies, especially for high school aged students. Each teacher often requests several binders for each class, in varying colors for varying projects.
Eartbinder.com has 100% recycled materials and 95% post consumer materials in each one of their plain brown binders. But if you need color, these binders are ready to be painted, colored or decorated in whatever way suits you-and your teachers-needs for color coordination and conformity.