Eco Friendly Back To School Supplies For All Ages

If you or your little one is heading back to school soon, there is undoubtedly a list of supplies that you'll need in order to make the school year a successful one.  With all those plastic notebooks and binders, and all that paper, back-to-school shopping isn't necessarily very eco-friendly.

Luckily, there are brands using materials that are better for the environment; from rPET backpacks, organic cotton lunch bags, or tree-free paper, there are plenty of ways to equip yourself with supplies that are better for the planet.

So this school year, try to commit to making at least two items on your back-to-school shopping list eco-friendly.  So, without further ado:  



Top Row

Patagonia | Arbor 20L Daypack  

Made from recycled polyester fabric, this bluesign approved backpack has all the compartments you need (including lap-top sleeve!) to make carting around all your books and notebooks a breeze without being too bulky (or dorky). If this one doesn't suit your fancy, Patagonia has a wide range of backpacks made from recycled materials sure to suit your taste.

Eco Paper | Tree Free Banana Paper

In the United States alone, 69 million tons of paper and paperboard are used each year. That's a lot! Students certainly use their fair share of paper, so reduce some of your individual paper waste this school year with a note book made with tree-free paper.  Eco Paper's banana paper is made from agricultural waste.  

Etsy | Multi-Purpose Zero Waste Pouch

Stay organized and keep your various supplies, like pens and pencils, in this cute pouch, which is made from fabric scraps. 

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 Bottle-2-Pen Retractable Pens 

These refillable pens are made from 86% recycled plastic bottles 

Recycled Pencils

Pencils made from 50% post consumer recycled wood 

Etsy | Reusable Bamboo Utensil Kit

This nifty cutlery set includes fork, knife, spoon, set of chopsticks, and straw, all made from eco-friendly bamboo. It comes in a washable, cactus printed canvas pouch.


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Petit Collage | Eco Friendly Insulated Lunch Box

Whimsical and playful prints make these eco-friendly lunch boxes perfect for younger kids heading back to school.  It's made from a canvas exterior with a protective biodegradable laminate made from sugar cane, and has a convenient detachable strap for hands-free carrying. 

World Market | Organic Cotton Lunch Sack

An organic cotton exterior with a water-resistant lining, this lunch sack is large enough for a variety of food containers, but can also pack flat when empty. 

Eco Lunchboxes | 3-in-1 Giant Stainless Steel Bento Box

With three separate food containers, this stainless steel lunch box is for the HUNGRY student. The non-toxic, eco friendly containers stack on top of one another and snap close for convenient, and leak proof carrying and storage. 

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