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Green Back to School Scores

Posted on August 23, 2017 by Matt Tomasino There have been 0 comments

Sending your children off to school with green school supplies takes your Eco-mission to where it is most influential, today’s youth. It is here where molded minds must be inspired to keep on top of building a sustainable society for themselves and future generations. Embracing green school supplies also offers a teaching moment for other kids who may inquire about your child’s choices, hopefully influencing future Eco-friendly minds.

To Paper or Not to Paper

In our rapidly moving digital world, kids from elementary to college are doing school work that used to require paper on a computer or tablet. This may be no surprise to some but if your school is not implementing more digital friendly assignments then find a way to make it happen.

Here are some paper waste stats:

  • Over 40% of wood pulp goes toward the production of paper
  • Every person in the UK consumes the equivalent of 4.48 trees per year
  • The US, with less than 5% of the world’s population, consumes 30% of the world’s paper
  • The average office worker uses 20 reams (500 sheets each) or 4 boxes of paper in total per year

If you can’t go digital then at least go Eco-friendly paper solutions. Look for everything from recycled paper notebooks to those made from bamboo, hemp and even banana fibers.

Also, implement paper saving strategies such as:

  • Utilize wasted paper for scrap use
  • Opt for digital receipts and subscriptions
  • Donate used newspaper to a pet shelter
  • Use both sides when printing non-formal docs
  • Use a  small sized white board for messages, for notes, scan the message to a computer

Sustainable Styles

Instead of your kid dragging around a material that was probably treated with harsh VOC (volatile organic compound) off-gassing toxins, try a green bag or backpack. Many unique materials are now being used to form sturdy, stylish, natural fiber or recycled designs.

These materials include:

  • Bamboo
  • Recycled bike tubes
  • Upcycled inner-tubes
  • Reused sailcloth
  • Sustainably produced hemp
  • 100% post-consumer plastic bottles
  • 100% organic cotton

In the Lunchroom

Your child’s lunchbox experience has gotten an upgrade. Those clunky metal boxes with toxic painted scenes may be a thing of the past but today’s plastic choices are no better.

According to a study reported by CBS News on toxic lunch boxes,

“The study randomly tested 20 back-to-school items purchased in New York City and found that about 75 percent of samples contained high levels of potentially toxic phthalates.”

Look for green lunch supplies such as:

Bring these and many other green choices to your child’s lunchroom experience.

Unique Green Back-to-School Finds

The green industry has become creative over the years, not only in sustainable materials but unique applications as well. Therefore, no longer does your child have to tote around some giant recycled item with arrows or planets printed on them.

Now, cool designs on everything from calculators to organic clothing keeps your kid’s style and imagination running on all cylinders.

Some unique green back-to-school finds are:

  • Eco glue
  • Staple-free stapler
  • Bamboo dry-erase board
  • Banana paper notebooks
  • Biodegradable non-toxic ice packs
  • Solar powered corn plastic calculator


Send your kids back to school with sense and style using anything you can find to replace future land fill choices, mass produced in another country with no regulations at all. These green school supplies just may perpetuate more responsible consumerism and help the environment at the same time.

This post was posted in Blog and Green Library, Childcare and was tagged with back to school, college, eco-kids, GREEN BACK TO SCHOOL, kids, NON-TOXIC, ORGANIC, RECYCLED-UPCYCLED, SUSTAINABLE


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