School is Around the Corner
And I Don’t know Who is More Excited — Parents or Kids?
It’s August and soon it’s going to be time for school for a lot of little tots out there. Shopping and prepping for back-to-school supplies is as hectic for parents as it is exciting for the kids. Or maybe I have it backwards. Maybe moms are on the on the verge of jumping for joy with September nearing as the kids are getting ready for another school year. Whichever it is, buying back to school supplies is a telling sign that the wild, wild summer season has come to a close. So let’s get green school supplies shoppin’! I am excited.
Maybe I am just weird, but as a kid I loved back-to-school supply shopping almost as much as Christmas (or the Russian equivalent: New Year). I loved every little thing. about it. From the second I’d step into a store with my mom, it seemed to speak to me, opening its arms in a warm, bright welcome, leading me to the colorful section of school supplies waiting to be plucked at my choosing. Pens (my number one obsession), pencils, markers, crayons, notebooks, folders, calculators, book wrappers, pencil sharpeners, I could go on (really, I could), but you get the idea.
Back then, we didn’t think much about going green. Or at least I don’t remember thinking too much about it as a kid. But, times have changed. The population is growing and resources, well, they’re not replenishing as quickly as they are being used up. So we have to do our part. Even in the smallest of ways.
Now, I do the best I can to stay conscious of my product use and it’s effect on the world. I am not perfect, but I do what I can. Not by a long shot. But going green by buying eco-friendly back-to-school supplies is so easy it’s something all of us can do. But wait, I’ve made it even easier!
Are you ready to do school the greener way? Here is the ultimate green supply list to get your kids back to school the eco-friendly way.
Green School Supplies
I’ve mentioned my love for pens earlier. What you don’t know, if you care, is that notebooks are a close second.
Ischolar Composition Book
We all know and love the marble composition books. Ischolar Marble Composition notebooks are no exception. They have been around for ages it seems. I get nostalgic just looking at them. The Ischolar Marble Composition notebook comes with a class schedule and a conversion table on the inside flap. They are made from over 85% post consumer waste reducing pollution of our planet. On the back cover, you will even find fun ec0-tips on how you can do your part to save the Earth.
Earthwise by Oxford
Earthwise by Oxford is a notebook that I would pick myself over and over. It’s 100% recycled and is superior in nature. The chlorine-free pages are made of high-quality 20-lb. bright white paper and are perforated for easy removal. It’s easily one of my favorite notebooks. The Earthwise notebooks is a wonderful addition to any green school supplies list.
Mead is a name that everyone knows when it comes to school. You had a Mead and your mom had a Mead and her mom, too, had a Mead. The Mead Paper Company has been at it since 1846, folks. They are the paper pros!
As pros, they’ve rolled out the 100% recycled (and 30% post-consumer waste) line of notebooks that are stunning. The notebooks feature fantastic colors to pick from (Ginger, Terra Cota, Maize, Indigo, Moss, and Stone) and bound with twin wire that makes them durable as well as beautiful. You’ll also find they have a convenient flap to keep the loose pages neatly together. The pages are perforated for easy removal. The Mead Recycled Notebooks aren’t just for the eco-conscious — they are for everyone!
The Michael Roger Decomposition Book is a looker and a doer in ways that it’s gorgeous and sturdy. It’s reminiscent of the Marble Notebooks you’ve come to know and love, but they are not. The construction of the notebook uses 100% recycled materials, printed using soy ink, and made in the land of the USA. You can’t ask for more, can you? These are so lovely to look at and come in so many fun designs. The reviews all boast great durability and amazing quality of paper and design. It’s not the cheapest option you’ll find, but the value is certainly there!
The Moleskine name has been a trusted one in the field of journals and notebooks for a long time now. The are passionate about what they do and it shows in the love their customers have for them. These notebooks are actually cashiers journals but are just as lovely as a writing pad and are sturdy and ready to take on anything your tot has to throw at them. The pages are stitched and the last 16 are detachable. The notebooks also include a handy pocket to hold loose papers neatly. Durability is one of the common praises these notebooks get.
Post-it Brand Notes
These super sticky recycled Post-it notes are simply the best. I am so obsessed with these that I can’t ever run low. I use them for reminders, lists, recipes, quick notes, and on and on like that. The colors are great and that they never fall off due to crummy adhesion. These are, indeed, super sticky!
I remember Oxford index cards from my days in school. I actually still use them for my recipes and I love them. These index cards are well made, come in an array of colors, and are made partly from recycled materials.
Classic manila folders by Smead are perfect for school and office. These are perfect and ready for work! They are 100% recycled and simple. We treat ours like canvases and decorate them with our own personalities.
Wilson Jones Resource Recycled Kraft Binder is made of 100% recycled materials and it’s the perfect little binder to hold your looseleaf paper (about 220 pages of it). High quality and easy on the eyes this binder will stand up to school days demands.
This Wilson Jones Round Ring Binder is made of PVC Free polypropylene material; chipboard is 100% recycled with 75% post-consumer waste and will fit about 175 looseleaf pages. You can customize this binder in any way you like it by creating it’s front and back covers as well as the spine.
Loose Leaf Paper
Ecology Recycled Filler Paper contains 100% recycled content with 40% post-consumer fiber. Acid-free and process chlorine free so it kind to your health and the health of your family.
Wilson Jones Recycled Bliss Dividers
How gorgeous are these? The Wilson Jones Recycled Bliss Dividers add the perfect touch to any school girls back to school supply list. They are fun but not too loud with great colors (more available) and ready for school! Premium quality recyclable paper made of 40% pre-consumer, 2-3% post consumer content. Five decorative designs make it easy to organize your documents. 3-hole punched to fit in any 3-ring binder.
This is simply incredible, you guys. Pilot is a huge player in the eco-conscious pen game (as you’ll see by the rest of the list). The Pilot B2P (Bottle to Pen) are the first pens made from 89% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. The B2P ballpoint pen comes in a variety of colors, promises a crisp and smooth writing experience, and is even refillable! You know they’ve done something good here when all of their reviews are 4.5 and above and estimated at thousands of reviewers. You can’t go wrong with this pen!
Pilot BeGreen Precise
An earth-friendlier pen, the Pilot BeGreen Precise Gel pen is made from 83.2% recycled materials, and can be refilled, so you can use this pen over and over again. The dynamic gel ink formula gives you smooth, swift writing and is refillable with Pilot G2 Ink Refills. Each pen features patented precise needle point technology that lets you draw or write with the finest line. Pilot BeGreen pens meet ISO 14001 and 14021 Standards for environmental responsibility. Pilot Pen is proud to provide consumers with a wide selection of responsible choices that can be part of their everyday commitment to make our planet cleaner and healthier. Pilot BeGreen – Positive with the Planet during this back to school season.
The Pentel EnerGel-X is like none other. Made from 84% recycled materials this incredible pen is a high performer with superb ink technology making it a super-smooth writing experience. The liquid gel dries so quick it’s the left-handed writer’s dream — no smear or smudges or weird globs of ink. It’s a good thing that this pen has latex-free grip for maximum control and comfort because you will not want to put it down!
The Ecolutions White-Out Correction tape by Bic doesn’t require time to dry so you can instantly cover and write over mistakes. Flexible tip enables precise corrections. Compact dispenser is made of recycled materials and is convenient to carry and store. Removable cap protects tape from tearing when not in use. It’s a must have item for your green back to school supply list.
BIC Pencil Xtra Life
For the environmentally conscious value mechanical pencil users, ECOlutions Mechanical pencils, offer quality mechanical pencils at a great value. Made of 65% recycled material. Three strong #2 leads per pencil which equal 2 1/2 woodcase pencil (0.7mm). Any green school supplies list is better for having this item on it.
Dixon Ticonderoga Laddie Intermediate #2 Pencils
The Laddie is a thick #2 graphite core pencil that is slightly over-sized (11/32 inches) and makes moving from printing to cursive writing a comfortable transition. Latex-free eraser. Made from sustained hardwood. PMA certified non-toxic and complies with ASTM.
Eco Dry Highlighter Pencils
Getting it right from the start, the long lasting and Eco Dry Highlighter pencils are packaged in a clear, biodegradable wrapper made from wood cellulose. Eco Dry Highlighters have a natural wood finish (no lacquer or varnish). Unlike standard fiber tip highlighters, these jumbo dry highlighter pencils are eco-friendly and use no plastics, no ink solvents, and no volatile organic compounds. You can use them completely and compost the shavings and stubs. The pencils are jumbo size and very long lasting, will not bleed through thin pages, leak, or dry out.
Pencil and pen box
People love these Stuffinacase cases for writing utensils. And it’s no wonder why. They are adorable, eco-conscious, and come in adorable designs that kids love. Parents love them too as you can tell by the reviews on Amazon. You can also use these for jewelry, gift cards, and more! A list of green school supplies is incomplete without one of these adorable pencil cases.
Pencils, pens, scissors, glue… all sorts of stuff can be kept in 3-ring pencil pouches by Simple. Moms have literally thousands of uses for these handy storage pouches – jewelry, art supplies, snacks, beauty products, bathroom essential, travel items, etc… Eco-freindly moms love this green school supplies list addition. Get them in all the colors available, I promise, you’ll find uses for these all over your house, work, travel, car…
Okay, seriously. These are so adorable it’s bananas (sorry, couldn’t help myself). Oh, and it gets better. These Banana Pencil Erasers are environmentally friendly, non-toxic, clean and safe. I am bananas for this must have green school supplies list item.
Iwako and Made by Humans
I know I mentioned the banana cuteness above… but oh my word… these are also just stunning. The hedgehogs are something else!!! They all are, though, aren’t they?
Westcott KleenEarth Recycled Plastic Ruler
Your green school supplies list is incomplete without a great ruler. The 12″ Westcott KleenEarth Ruler uses recycled material in the designs of our KleenEarth products and packaging. These rulers are made with 70% recycled and all packaging is also recycled. Built-in antimicrobial technology, Microban protection provides an added level of cleanliness by preventing bacteria that can cause stains and odors. Microban protection that NEVER wears off.
The Sharp ELR297BBK is a semi-desktop calculator featuring a 100% recycled cabinet, slanted 12-digit LCD screen, and a kickstand. Other functions include a four-key memory, a grand total function, double-zero, cost/sell/margin functions, sign change, and a percent key. Its large keys and easy-to-read LCD screen make this calculator a quick and convenient machine. With its dual power feature, the ELR297BBK will automatically switch from solar to battery power in low light and from battery to solar power when low on batteries. Use this versatile and convenient semi-desktop calculator at home or at the office.
With so many bells and whistles this is surely to be the perfect addition to your green school supplies list.
I love a backpack. Mine is falling apart and I will be in the market for one. Would it be weird if I got the little owl one?
It’s adorably obvious that these lunch boxes are for kids but man, I want one. The adult ones are cool but missing the cute factor that I am so big on. But they are not so bad either.
Then on second look, the big boys and girls lunch boxes have come a long way. Or all the way, should I say because I don’t remember there being a lunch box specifically for adults. I remember a brown bag and these are sure better than a brown paper bag. I love the stainless steel ones so much! I’d get one but I’d have no where to use it.
These machines are specially made to use less energy, conserving where and when they can. They are easily recyclable (Apple, for example, helps you dispose of your old technology when you buy upgrades) and some even use 100% recycled material packaging.
You’ve Reached the End of Our Green School Supplies List
I genuinely hope you have enjoyed this article. More so, I really put faith in that you found it at least somewhat helpful during this back to school season and put you onto some great items to put on your green school supplies list. If you feel I’ve missed something worth being on the list, I’d love to hear about it so do share in the comment area below. I can’t wait to hear from you!!!
Until next time…
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