We know what you’re thinking – it's back-to-school season already?! Stocking up on school supplies can be a stressful time, and adding the stress of environmentally wasteful purchases can make it even more difficult. Kids lose pencils, use up notebooks with doodles, and virtually burn through school supplies made from non-sustainable resources! That's bad news for the environment.
But the good news is that it's never too late to make a more sustainable choice to help save the planet. This year, take stock of the school supplies your family needs and try opting for these environmentally-friendly options instead of the traditional.
1. Recycled Newspaper Pencils
No school supply list is complete without #2 pencils, but here’s an updated alternative. Pencils made out of recycled newspapers are on the rise, and are available from multiple brands. They’re the same as traditional wooden pencils as far as use, but better for the planet – and cooler looking, too!
2. Recycled & Recyclable Notebooks or Journals
Just like the newspaper pencils, there are tons of options for notebooks and journals made out of recycled paper and cardboard. There are composition journals, binders, notebooks and more, all made from recycled sources and are recyclable themselves.
3. Recycled Wax Crayons
Paper isn’t the only recyclable school supply! Wax from crayons can be recycled into new crayons or other cool shapes – these Star Crayons are a great example of recycled crayon wax in a new, fun shape. Recycled crayons can also be made at home, which means you can help save the planet AND your budget!
4. This Staple-Free Stapler
Staple-less staplers are pretty innovative, because they don’t use staples at all. Instead, they use the paper itself to bind the sheets of paper together, meaning there is no waste of the natural resources that create staples (which always ultimately get thrown away!). Here’s a bonus: Because of this stapler’s binding process, it creates zero paper waste, either!
5. A Planet Box Lunch Container
This space-age lunch container is not just a stylish lunch accessory, it also takes eco-friendly to a whole new level. It gets rid of the traditional, wasteful brown paper bag lunch container, and eliminates the need for those little plastic lunch baggies; double the waste! If you want to hear more testimonials to its greatness, check out this post from professional organizer Julianna Strickland.
Now you’re all ready and informed to go out and help save the world by restocking your child’s school supplies with these sustainable alternatives! Do you have a favorite, sustainable school supply? Share it with us!
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Editor's note: this article was updated August 17, 2018.