Even though, we are still in the middle of Summer it is that time again.
With that said I wanted to take a moment and remind you all, that this would be a good time to think not only what you can do to help yourself ,( saving money, easy shopping and so on ) but I also want you to think what you can do for the Environment during the shopping craze.
Encourage and teach your kids how to be more respectful to the Earth and explain why you are buying certain supplies that may be different what his/her friend has, or why something will be reused rather than discarded. Maybe you even come up with some fun DIY projects for some upcycle Idea’s. Let the kiddos know that different is not bad, it can be fun, and may even start a trend.
I will share some of my favorites to get you started with your Eco friendly school supply shopping.
Lead pencils? no way, Sprout pencils!
Yes, you are reading this right. If you did not hear about it yet, it is a real thing. Sprout pencils are the first-ever plantable pencil. They’re made of sustainable wood and in place of an eraser tip, each pencil has a small biodegradable capsule filled with either vegetable, herb or flower seeds. Remember writing with those little stubs, well now when you are done you can plant them in a pot, add water and set them by the window so the seeds can grow.
Insulated Lunch bags – Earth friendly products
Being environment friendly does not mean anybody has to eat out of a brown paper bag and with a good quality reusable lunch bag, you are not just doing your wallet a favor but also the Environment. Most of the bags or boxes are washable and the utensils that come with some of them are dishwasher safe.
There are many Lunch bags out there but I only mention my 2 favorites.
The Wildkin Lunch Box comes in many designs geared towards boys and girls, but tends to be for the younger crowd.
The Bento Box, is made out of wheat and is non-toxic. This box is more natural in their appearance and comes with Wheat Straw, Lunch Bag and Portable Utensils.
Best manual pencil sharpener – highlighters and markers
Yup, I said manual. This is a no brainer it is not just the least expensive way but also the easiest to be good to mother earth. Use a manual pencil sharpener. Think how much you will safe on batteries alone.
When it comes to highlighters choose dry highlighters like these Eco highlighters.They have a natural wood finish use no plastics, no ink solvents, and no volatile organic compounds. You can use them completely and compost the shavings and stubs. No you can not plant them like the Sprout pencils, but I would not be surprised if that did not come soon.
When it comes to markers why not go with refillable ones, from dry eraser to acrylic paint you can refill cartridges and save not just a good chunk of your green money but also help to reduce on the environmental Impact. Start with Pilot V Board Master. and work your way up to what ever your Child needs.
Environment friendly for tech? Absolutely !
Check out this cool USB drive from JAWAY it can be personalized totally for free. How cool is that? No more whose drive it is or what do I have on that drive. It has drive/power supply, just plug it in, and it will work on all major operating systems.
We all know that nobody is leaving the house without their Laptop so cover it in style with this Cork Protective Sleeve Case. It is made out of high-quality cork material, is slim and lightweight and will fit in your backpack.
I hope these examples gave you some Motivation
Eco friendly Companies and Products are expanding more and more on the market. I am happy to see that pretty much anything you need these days comes in some variety of an environment friendly form. Sometimes we just need a little push or tuck to move into the right direction. My hope is since you are here, you may find your Eco friendly alternative to as many School Supplies you need.
Happy School Supply shopping
Leave me a note below and let me know how you went in to the world of Eco friendly school supplies and what you bought.
Peace , love and harmony