Green Back-to-School Supplies

A Greener Crayon

A Greener Crayon

There are a few obvious ways to green your back-to-school shopping, like reusing backpacks, binders and folders from last year. How about hitting up the local thrift store for office supplies? While you’re there, check out the shoes and clothing too.

Speaking of shoes and clothes, why not organize a swap with your friends and neighbors? Have everyone bring clean and un-stained clothes and shoes their kids have grown out of (or are tired or wearing) and exchange them for new-to-you items. Preferably over a glass of wine.

If you are required to buy new items, Green Schools Initiative has a buying guide to help you find the greenest supplies available. Trade in the trusty Crayolas for a box of biodegradable, petroleum-free Prang Crayons or try Biodegradable Binder Pockets

Recycled Pencils

Recycled Pencils

Let your kid show off just how green they are with Recycled Newspaper Pencils. And of course, let them pick out a Reusable Lunch Box and pack their lunch and snacks in a Bento box or other reusable container.

Some classrooms require you to buy a certain brand so everyone is using the exact same supplies. If this is the case, you might have to take up your green cause before the next school year starts, and encourage the teacher to switch to greener products for his supply list.

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