Top 10 Green Back to School Finds

lunch bagIt’s that time of year again. Bus stops, new sneakers, packed lunches, and the smell of brand new textbooks. Back to school has arrived. Looking for the best school supplies that are functional and eco-friendly? Eco News Network has put together a list of some of our favorite picks for school/office supplies that will prepare you for the year ahead.

Writing Instruments
Start the new school year off write with Paper Mate® Earth Write #2 pencils. Each pencil is made from 100 percent recycled cedar wood. Packages of 10 pencils can be purchased from Amazon.com for $2.99.

To go along with your recycled pencils, Paper Mate also offers biodegradable retractable ballpoint pens. Made from corn-based materials, each pen will decompose safely in the Earth’s soil in about one year. Available in 3-packs of black, blue, and purple these pens can be found at Kmart for $5.69.

Paper/Notebook Supplies
Great for the office or classroom, 100 percent recycled multi-purpose copy paper is an easy way to be more eco-friendly.  This type of paper can be purchased for $10.99/per ream (500 sheets) at Staples.

If you are looking for green organization supplies, try ReBinder® chipboard recycled binders. These cool 3-ring binders are made from non-toxic, 100 percent recycled chipboard. Available from OfficeMax, each binder costs $3.99.

post-its

An exciting new green product this year is recycled Post-it® notes. Available in a variety of colors and sizes, these handy sticky notescan be purchased at OfficeMax ranging from $7.69 to $30.49, depending on quantity and size.

Electronics
Another smart way to be environmentally friendly is to go back-to-school with a solar powered calculator by Royal®. This clever device is powered by light sensors and also comes with a battery backup. These can be purchased for $14.98 from Wal-mart.

macbook airPerfect for back-to-college or the office, MacBook Air laptops from Apple are a high-tech way to help protect the environment. The unique MacBook Air computer meets ENERGY STAR requirements, has a highly recyclable aluminum enclosure, PVC-free internal cables and much more. You can purchase one from Apple at one of their retail stores or on online (http://store.apple.com) starting at $1,499, depending on features and configuration desired.

Bags
Now that you have all of your new eco-friendly supplies you need something to carry them in. Try the stylish yet practical Mobile Edge® backpack. This bag is made from all-natural cotton canvas and comes in two colors, black and olive.  This eco-product can be found at any Wal-mart for $47.99.

Don’t throw away another brown paper bag! Lunch time is now greener than ever. Ecobags.com offers a cute, basic, reusable lunch bag made from 100 percent GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton.  These simple bags can be customized by kids and adults with fabric markers and little imagination. You can snag one of these bags at Ecobags.com for $7.

Hydration
Staying hydrated and focused during the day begins with a sturdy water bottle. Available in many colors and patterns, the CamelBak® Kids’ Bottle is a fun choice that moms and kids can both agree is good for the environment. Each CamelBak is made of Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, completely BPA-free and dishwasher safe.

water bottle

The water bottles can be filled with either cold or warm beverages for the kid on the go and comewith an easy to sip cap. Each 13oz bottle can be purchased for $14 at any REI retail store or online.

Know of some other eco-friendly school supplies or want to share your thoughts on our list? We want to hear from you! Leave us a comment or send us an email at news@econewsnetwork.org.

-Monica Breeden

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