As much as you don’t want to admit it, you know back to school shopping is always fun. Whether you’re a parent shopping with your elementary schooler or a college junior who still doesn’t own scissors (me), it’s almost that time of year! We all know what usually happens. You stock up on supplies in September and then half way through the semester, you’ve either lost it all or need to restock. So why not go eco-friendly with something that you buy so much of? There are tons of great of alternative sources for everyday supplies that you may not have ever thought about!
1. Recycled Three-Ring Binder
I used to hate carrying these things around, but I was always forced to buy them for school. If you have to get one, or if you’re weird (just kidding!) and like them, try this one by Green Apple Supply. It’s made out of recycled corrugated cardboard and has a neat feature that lets you replace and recycle the cover when it’s time for a new one!
I’m about to tell you about a staple-free stapler. Yep, a staple-free stapler. No, I do not understand it either, but I really want one! The EcoStapler doesn’t use any staples or clips, so it makes it safe and fun for kids (and adults) to use! Also, you never have to go out and buy those tiny boxes of staples that you’ll just drop on the floor and end up stepping on. This one is also available from Green Apply Supply.
3. ECOlutions Ballpoint Pens
“Why can’t I just go out and buy a giant bag of BICs?” These are BICs, silly! They’re just made out of 62% recycled material. Awesome! They come in black and blue and I’ve been seeing them in stores all over the place!
4. Math Set
Every time I had to buy this stuff for a math class, I never used it. But of course, they keep making you buy it anyway! When I got to college and took an engineering course (which I’m still trying to forget about), I had to buy one of these math sets and use it for real. I wish I would have known about this set from Buffalo Natur! This 12 piece set is made of corn plastic (85% recycled material and 85% biodegradable material) and comes in 100% compostable packing!
5. One Subject Notebooks… Made of Stone?
I know, paper made of stone. You want it right now, don’t you? I don’t think I’ve come across a school notebook so unique before! This product, again by Buffalo Natur, is recyclable, durable, grease-proof, water-proof, tear resistant (what?!), and can help to reduce your carbon footprint!
6. Adhesive Paste
I’d like to share with you that when I originally wrote this, I typed “adhesive pasta”… sounds delicious, I know! Anyway, I’ll stop being fancy. Adhesive paste = glue. This kind by Coccoina is special though, I promise. It’s made of potato starch and works on a variety of surfaces from paper to fabric. It’s non-toxic, acid-free, solvent-free and almond scented!
7. Soy Crayons
Even if you’re in college, you know coloring is still fun! I took a few courses my freshman year where I, for some reason, had to do a lot of coloring and I needed these! Soy crayons by Prang are made from 100% renewable sources and don’t include any paraffin wax. They’re non-toxic and come in lots of pretty colors!
So what are you waiting for? Stock up now!