Going back to school can mean a whole lot of new gear. But your new accoutrements don't have to hurt the planet. Check out these eco-friendly school supply ideas to make your back-to-school a little greener this year.
GET TO GIVE BACK!
Stone and Cloth Backpack: Whether it’s a laptop and notebook for the café, or sweatshirts and snacks for a picnic, the extra vertical volume in the RollTop will fit your things nicely. This backpack is made in the USA by a mission-based company. Your purchase provides 25 hours of classroom learning for a student in Tanzania. Wow!
RE-USE AGAIN! AND AGAIN! AND AGAIN!
Blue Water Bento by ECOlunchbox: These stainless steel lunch boxes have non-toxic silicone lids that are leak-proof and 100% plastic free. Did you know that silicone is a healthier choice for people and planet? Lunch by lunch you can make a big zero waste difference!
ECO fact: 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic trash are floating in ocean gyres already. Waste-free lunch packing can prevent a family from creating thousands of pieces of trash.
EVERY STAPLE COUNTS
Staple Free Stapler: Every drop counts right? Well a handful of staples may not seem like much, but at the end of their life they get thrown in the trash too. This stapler without staples stitches pieces of paper together making it a super kid-friendly tool for school.
Sprout Pizza Pencils: Pencils that turn into pizza?! Well, sort of! Sprout has created a pencil you can plant. Use your Pizza Edition pencil, for example, until you’ve got a stub left. Then plant your pencil! Your stub will sprout basil, cherry tomato and oregano plants which will add super yummy favor to your homemade pizzas.
MoAb Bag Co's Bike Tube Bags: These all purpose bags make great pencil cases. But what makes them truly cool for school is that they are made from used bicycle tubes, giving new life to what could potentially be trash.
Eco fact: Schools generate a lot of waste. Look no further than the trash dumpster at your local school and scale up from there to imagine the waste generated by schools throughout the USA and world!
The Seven Year Pen: This long-lasting pen boasts an extra-large inkwell allowing you to write 1.7 meters a day for seven years. Made in Switzerland, it’s got a jumbo-size ink cartridge, a long-life tip and high quality parts. Plus they come in a ton of cute designs to suit anyone's style!
ECO fact: Did you know 100 million pens are discarded every day?