You and your kids are probably getting ready for the back-to-school rush. An annual survey by the National Retail Federation explains as of August 17, almost 80 percent of the survey's consumers still needed to buy school supplies for the upcoming school year. If you're still planning your purchases, consider green back-to-school items this year.
Baggu | Backpack
Before your child faces the school year, he or she needs the right backpack to carry around textbooks, notebooks and other study materials. Baggu's backpack is $38 and made completely from recycled cotton canvas. The company strives to create simple bags that serve multiple purposes and are less harsh on the environment, according to its site. Not only would this backpack work well during the school day, but it would also be useful for weekend activities. Your child could use it to carry items for a sleepover or sporting event. It comes in both solid colors and patterns, including sailor stripe, indigo, chestnut and black daisy.
Bloom & Bliss | Roll 'N Go Silicone Bottle
It's important for your kids to stay hydrated throughout the school day. The Bloom & Bliss water bottle is portable, reusable and can even roll up when it's empty. The $14 bottle is made from food-grade silicone approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to the Bloom & Bliss site. If your child is on the go, he or she shouldn't worry about taking the water bottle along. It fits within most cup holders and clips onto other items with its attached carabineer. Also, the product is dishwasher friendly and is available in colors such as clear, blue and orchid.
EcoJot | 6x9" Spiral Notebook
The $11 notebook from EcoJot is one green solution for your child's school notebook needs. Most of the company's 6"x9" notebook selection includes an inspirational quote on the front cover. No matter whether your child is completing math problems or writing a short essay, he or she will be doing so on 100% recycled paper. The company also keeps sustainability in mind by using vegetable inks, biodegradable wrapping materials and resources from Canada and the U.S. When you purchase an item from EcoJot, the company donates a portion to its GIVE Program – an initiative that provides children in poverty with proper writing materials.
ECOlunchbox | ECOlunchbag Kit
Make lunchtime green with a lunch kit made by ECOlunchbox. The $50 kit comes with three reusable napkins, a bamboo spork, a stainless steel food container and a reusable lunch bag. Choose from handmade, machine washable fabric options such as citrus samba, mandarin forest and desert adobe. Also, the bag comes with a strap so your child can carry it along to the lunchroom with ease. The company's site includes a lunch study, showing consumers where they can save big when preparing lunch. The study shows that just by packing a snack mix in a reusable container, you could potentially save more than $100 annually!
Treesmart | All-Star Recycle Set
Some school supply shopping lists are likely to include writing materials, so why not opt for something that's eco-friendly? Treesmart's all-star set includes recycled standard pencils, colored pencils and a ruler for just $9. Since 2010, Treesmart has been making its pencils from recycled newspaper sheets, non-toxic chemicals and latex-free erasers with a goal to eliminate non-biodegradable materials from landfills. Want to give your child's teacher a back-to-school gift? The company also sells its recycled pencils in bulk, so you can spread the message of living sustainably throughout the classroom.