5 Eco-tips for Back to School Shopping

Go green with your back to school shopping!

Summer is almost over and it’s time to start your back to school shopping. Each year it seems like the school supply list gets longer and longer, resulting in spending more money! But back to school shopping doesn’t have to be a drag. Here’s 5 eco-tips that you can use to not only save money, but also help the environment.

1 – Reuse items from last year.

Just because it’s a new school year, doesn’t mean you have to buy everything used. BIC has sold over 100 billion disposable pens since their launch in 1950. That’s enough to circle the earth 350 times! These pens and other similar items; like markers, colored pencils, and crayons can be used again. Reusing supplies from the previous school year will add a little green to your wallet and create less waste.

2 – Ditch the plastic.

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photo courtesy of Naptime Craze Designs

Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. Ditch the plastic and switch to reusable snack bags and containers. We love these reusable snack bags from Naptime Craze Designs! They are perfect for lunch boxes and on the go.

3 – Buy recycled products.

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photo courtesy of TreeSmart

While shopping the back to school aisles, look for products that are made from recycled materials. You may find more options then anticipated. More and more stores are carrying reusable and recycled school supplies. If you can’t find anything local, check out TreeSmart. Kids, students, and teachers are sure to love their newspaper pencils and water bottle pens.

4 – Ditch the chemicals.

Every year teachers request disinfection wipes for easy clean up. Wipes are great, but many common brands contain harmful chemicals, resulting in these chemicals lingering on surfaces and little hands. Switching to an ecofriendly cleaner and Unpaper Towels are a great alternative. However, many ecofriendly brands are now offering cleaning wipes. Some of our favorites are from Seventh Generation, J.R. Watkins, and Green Works.

5 – Go Paperless.

Paper napkins are flimsy and not very absorbent. Instead, replace with reusable napkins. Not only are they a lot more absorbent, they also look great in lunch boxes! Children love the fun prints that can be found in our shop. Once they come home, just wash and reuse!

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