5 Eco-Friendly Back to School Essentials

After a sensational summer, kids may not be celebrating heading back to school but you can get your child revved up for that first bell by taking them shopping for some fun, eco-friendly school supplies. By ‘going green,’ your kids will learn the vital lesson to preserve our planet for future generations of pupils while opting for PVC and chemical-free supplies will keep them safe from harmful toxins. Here are a few great green must-haves for the school year!

Stubby Pencil Studios Pencils and Erasers:

These personable pencils and erasers are made from eco-friendly resin. They are recyclable, free of lead, paint, phthalates, PVC and latex. Stubby Pencil Studio also manufactures ‘Shape Pencils’ made from chemical-free, recycled rubber wood and finished with non-toxic colors. As a bonus, Stubby Pencil Studio gives you one free Shape Pencil with any purchase.
How much: $1 for erasers and $3 for a set of four pencils.
Onlinestubbypencilstudio.com

Reusable Food Containers for Packed Lunches:

Ditch the disposable baggies and pack your kid’s meal in reusable food containers. This apple shaped container comes in bright green or red, and perfectly houses sandwiches from getting crushed in transit. Bonus: it’s made out of 100% biodegradable plastic! Graze Organic also makes an adorable line of organic and reusable cloth sandwich and snack bags with a variety of labels and graphics.
How much: $15, $24
Online: gretel.com & grazeorganic.com

Vapur: The anti-water bottle

Colorful reusable water “bottles” that are foldable, washable, freezable, and attachable. The Vapur anti-water bottle is 100% BPA free, made in the USA, and odor, taste and stain resistant. The bottle can be folded, thrown in the dish washer, frozen so you can use it as an icepack, and you can even write your name on it on the white space on the non-bottle.
How much: $9.99 .5L non-bottle; $15.99 for two .4L “fun size” non-bottles.
Online: vapur.us

Ecojot Paper Products

All of the paper and board in Ecojot’s sketchbooks is made from 100% post-consumer waste. They come in a variety of designs ranging from ABCs and milk trucks to robots and planets. Also, for every eco sketchbook sold, the company donates a school workbook or pencil to an impoverished child via their Buy 1 Give 1 program.
How much: $8 – $11
Online: ecojot.com

Melaleuca Eco-Sense Botanical Disinfectant and Biodegradable Wipes

Sol-U-Guard Botanical Disinfectant is the only EPA-approved natural disinfectant to kill 99.9% of common germs, viruses and bacteria including E. coli, staph, H1N1 and rotavirus. It uses the natural power of thyme and contains no chlorine bleach or harsh fumes. If you prefer pre-moistened wipes, try Tough & Tender biodegradable wipes. Just because other wipes are disposable doesn’t mean they’re biodegradable too. In fact, nonbiodegradable disposable wipe waste is expected to clog landfills with an additional 100,000 tons a year by this year. Plus, Tough & Tender wipes are naturally free of bleach and harsh chemicals, and they’re safe to use on almost any surface, even natural stone like granite and marble. They’re only $3.49 for a pack of 30. Buy them for your kids’ classrooms and score some bonus points with their teachers.

To purchase online and save 30-40% off retail, email me at melashira@gmail.com.

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