In keeping with this month’s theme of healthy, green ways to go back to school, this week’s blog will focus on going green in the classroom. With so many available options for recycled school supplies, there is no reason why you can’t send your kids to school with some cool recycled gear this upcoming year and help the environment at the same time.
After all, sustainability is all about preserving the planet for future generations. If you start the cycle when they’re young, chances are that they’ll continue it on their own as they get older. We are going to highlight a few of our favorite items that are out there. We hope that you check out some of our favorites and maybe find a few new favorites of your own!
- Notebooks made from recycled paper have been around for at least 15 years. Ampad, a subdivision of Pendaflex, has made some outstanding recycled products, such as pads, for many years, before it was a trendy, fashionable thing to do. The variety and quantity of items has vastly increased in the last decade and a half.
- Creatology offers 100% recycled construction paper that comes in a variety of bright colors for your little artist. Packs of 50 sheets of 9”x12” paper can be purchased from Michael’s or online.
- A company called TreeSmart takes recycling newspapers to a new level by transforming newspapers into pencils. These pencils are made by rolling newspapers and creating the pencil around a core of graphite. If you are not simply satisfied with plain pencils, TreeSmart pencils are also available in color and can even be custom printed.
- Many of us have seen pens whose barrels are made from recycled paper, but how many of you have seen Bottle2Pen from Pilot? They are 86% minimally made from recycled water bottles. They offer two different types of recycled pens, a ball point that is 86% recycled and a gel pen that is 89% recycled. The color and barrel shape resemble a bottle of water! As seen on Pilot’s website, less than 1 in 3 of the 2.5 million water bottles used by Americans every hour is recycled.
- These crayons have lots of yummy ingredients – but don’t eat them! Made from organic ingredients including fruit and veggie extracts, plus assorted natural waxes, non-toxic crayons from eco-kids will make coloring not only safe but fun!
- If your little artist wants to get even more creative, there are eco-friendly paints available. Earth Paint makes their water color paints from natural, organic ingredients such as clay. Earth Paints boasts hand-crafted products and even includes biodegradable packaging.
- Do you have all of the kids’ school supplies but no way for the kids to carry them? Send the kids back to school in environmental style using these adorable backpacks from Ecogear. The zoo-themed Ecozoo series are animal themed and made from a combination of recycled and natural components.