Eco Friendly School Supplies

The most eco friendly school supplies you can send your child to school with this year? Their school supplies from last year! If they have completely destroyed that opportunity (as mine have) make sure you are aware of what evil chemicals can lurk in the school supplies you send.

Here are some awesome back 2 school school supplies that don’t involve chopping down the rainforest or bathing the class in nasty toxins. Top Ten ‘Must Haves’ for an Eco Friendly School Year:

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CONTEST ALERT:

This fun contest will help us all head to school with safe school supplies this year! At the bottom of this blog post share your suggestions/stories on how you go (or went or are going to go) green for school. For every 100 comments we have we will choose a winner! Each winner will be given $100 gift certificate to  http://www.ethicalocean.com/. We will also donate a Wean Green Set to that person’s school charity of choice. 1000 comments = 100 winners! Contest closes on August 31.


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  1. August 16, 2012
    gerald roberts

    i grow my familys fruit and vegetables on our farm and use swirl shaped low watt light bulbs and energy efficent central heat and air and almost never use the air conditioning i like to feel a natural breeze

  2. August 16, 2012
    Joy Person

    We grow a lot of our own vegetables and when we go shopping we always take our own reusable bags. We use the curly low watt light bulbs all throughout the house and we always recycle and we put a lot of what people put in the trash in our own compost.

  3. August 16, 2012

    This will be my child’s first year in school. My 3.5 year old will be entering JK in a few weeks! We grow our own fruits and veg on our farm, so much of what I’ll be giving her for lunch will come from our farm. I am going to be doing “litter-less lunches” for her and using reusable containers, drinking bottle, cutlery, and lunch bag.

  4. August 16, 2012

    Forgot to add that for our clothing, we hang our clothes out to dry and only use our dryer if we must. We also use passive solar energy from our green house to heat our home in the winter time. We try to tread lightly on the Earth 🙂

  5. August 16, 2012
    LINDA DOWDY

    Most of the schools in our area have large containers in the parking lot for paper and cardboard to be recycled, we make good use of them by putting boxes, newspapers etc. in them.

  6. August 16, 2012

    We use reusable water bottles, snack bags, BPA free plastic wear and lunch boxes. I don’t buy anything pre packaged for two reasons. One is that I make most of our own food so that it is preservative, chemical, dye and sugar free. Two so that we don’t clog the landfills with unneccessary trash

  7. August 16, 2012
    Ivy h

    We use reusable containers for her lunch to minimize waste.

  8. August 16, 2012

    We go green for back-to-school by growing our own food for homemade lunches, send cloth napkins, buy local whenever possible and make sure to use our school supplies up fully before we buy more. Energy and water conservation are key, too. With one little boy and another on the way, we try to stay very conscious of the Earth we’re going to leave for them. We want it to be as healthy and clean as possible!

  9. August 16, 2012

    oh, I apologize. I accidentally sent my last comment with no email addy attached. Please delete this comment if it throws your numbers off!

  10. August 16, 2012
    Kristi Mackay

    Say no to plastic baggies!! Giving the earth a big hug!

  11. August 16, 2012
    Jennifer Valadez

    In our house we use cloth diapers for the little ones. We grow a vegetable garden each year and we take our own bags when we shop. We always recycle and we always take our own water bottles everywhere we go.

  12. August 16, 2012
    DanV

    We bought re-usable lunch containers instead of using disposable bags for lunch boxes

  13. August 16, 2012
    southgatemom

    we always try to reuse as many supplies from last year as possible. There’s no reason to buy everything new when some supplies are still in good shape!

  14. August 16, 2012
    Sima Maline

    We just decided to stop buying water bottles and instead have purchased a water filter and eco friendly reusable water bottles for our family. Also, we plan to only buy eco-friendly created clothing for the family for this coming school year. And, out with the ziploc bags and in with the reusable containers for lunches!

  15. August 16, 2012
    Michael Welle

    We like to use reusable containers as often as possible instead of plastic throw away baggies.

  16. August 16, 2012
    Anne

    I love using itzy ritzy snack happened bags for snacks on the go. We also use grocery bags when we take our baby’s bottles to school each day.

  17. August 16, 2012
    Lori Walsh

    I am going with reusable containers and snack bags for school this year.

  18. August 16, 2012
    Tina Rath

    We use environmentally safe plastic reusable containers and drink containers that are carried in our lunch box. Paper is turned over and reused for scratch paper. Nothing is thrown out that can be donated or re-invented for another purpose.

  19. August 16, 2012
    kathryn

    Students use reuseable lunch bags. Capri sun pouches were also recycled and we recycled papers, old workbooks, and basically to help earn money for o ur school. We also recycle ink and old cell phones too.

  20. August 16, 2012
    kathryn mcgowan

    Sorry i did not do my email address. We recycle everything from used Capri Sun pouches, paper, old workbooks, to printer ink, and old cell phones. Students also use reuseable lunch bags.

  21. August 16, 2012
    Anne Lehnick

    The school supply list for my son requires the boys to bring a large bottle of hand sanitizer. Because it doesn’t specify a brand or type, I decided it was important to me to not have a classroom of 5 year olds with a bottle of alchohol based hand sanitizer at their disposal. Although it was more expensive, I opted for a natural hand sanitizer product for the kids (and it smells nice, too!).

  22. August 16, 2012
    LaKeisha

    Will will go green for school by using recycled pencils.

  23. August 16, 2012
    Megan Seipke-Dame

    We try to live waste free. When there is waste, we try to make sure everything is recycled. Each week, the goal is to only have a recycle bin on the curb and not a trash can. We use energy efficient bulbs, low-flow shower heads, we time our showers, use only real dishes/flatware/napkins for home and work/school. We do not purchase convenience packages – only larger packages that can be separated into our own glass for individual servings.

  24. August 16, 2012
    Tracy Faris

    We use recyclable products for nearly everything we can. We also you reusable packaging like a lunch box and Tupperware instead of baggies.

  25. August 16, 2012
    Alma

    Recycling is big in my family and we reuse as much as possible. My daughter likes to go through the recycling bin to retrieve containers that she can reuse for her nature collection. I made her a nature collection box from a plastic ice cream container … it is her favorite.

  26. August 16, 2012

    We try to buy eco friendly and fair trade whenever possible, use as little packaging as we can get by with, pack bento style no waste lunches, carpool, the 3 r’s etc. When we have to replace appliances, batteries, light bulbs, etc we buy the most sustainable, energy efficient products we can find/afford.

  27. August 16, 2012
    Danielle Falco

    This year my oldest is entering kindergarten. We will be riding bikes to school or walk. We use our reusable handmade sandwich and snack bags filled with the veggies from our garden. We also are active members at ‘Studio Luloo’ a nonprofit run by our dear friend, who promotes environmentally friendly activities and events for adults and kids every week that teach us to be earth friendly. These, along with other effortless green activities we have adopted as part of life (reusable grocery bags, making own baby foods, buying local, minimal fuel use, rain barrel use, etc) are just small ways of us doing our part. 

  28. August 16, 2012
    Tiffany Wildermuth

    These products are amazing! We have been using Ween Green cubes to hold food for about a year now, but with back-to-school rolling around, I bought my daughter a new GoodByn for packing lunches (organic, gluten and soy-free)!

  29. August 16, 2012

    We bought eco friendly lunch sacks this year for the kids!Washable and reusable!For their fruits and veggies we put them in reusable containers so there is no trash.Also this year we will start walking to school and save on emissions and car traffic near the school.

  30. August 16, 2012
    Mandi Siebenaler

    I have used Eco products for years, the products are a great way to implement reuse and lessen the footprint. Having a Garden allows for fresh items and giving back to the land

  31. August 16, 2012

    my little guy isn’t in school yet, but ways we go green would be to cloth diaper, grow our own veggies/fruit, use cloth wipes and hang dry laundry when possible.

  32. August 16, 2012
    Zmama09

    We just got stainless steel lunchboxes and Kleen kanteens. That’s one small way we are trying to go green this year!!

  33. August 16, 2012
    Carolyn Kwan

    I plan on eliminating all plastics in the house. When buying groceries, buying only fresh and not buying something with too much packaging. Even my skin care stuff is NOW all in glass.

  34. August 16, 2012
    Leanne Johnson

    Use glass containers instead of tupperwares

  35. August 16, 2012
    jeccica simpson

    We use resuable lunch totes and sandwich boxes replaces the plastic and paper bags, we use eco friendly school supplies and less paper

  36. August 16, 2012
    Audra Biggs

    We reused some school supplies and backpack from last year. We are using reusable containers and water bottles for lunches and snacks. I also buy our foods to make lunches (dinners and breakfast) at local farmers markets or through bountiful basket.

  37. August 16, 2012
    Marie

    We pack our kids’ lunches in reusable food containers and their drinks in reusable bottles – all carried in lunchkits instead of paper bags.

  38. August 16, 2012
    Priscilla

    We use reusable lunch containers to cut down on the waste from school lunches.

  39. August 16, 2012

    We always send snacks and lunches in containers instead of plastic bags. I also buy in bulk and subdivide in containers instead of purchasing snack sizes.

  40. August 16, 2012
    Tannis W

    I don’t have little ones in school yet, but I try to be green by growing my own veggie garden, hanging clothing to dry, and using reusable containers and a fabric lunch bag for my lunches.
    Back in the day when I was in school, we reused whatever school supplies we could, for as long as possible, used fabric lunch bags, and reusable containers.
    Love wean green! 🙂

  41. August 16, 2012
    Felicia R

    We’ll use reusable containers for food and reuse household items for crafts that would normally be tossed in the strash for recycled!

  42. August 16, 2012

    We bought extras for my daughter’s classroom since they share supplies and we wanted to make sure she was using green products. Also we got Clean Well, Earth Mama Angel Baby, and Seventh Generation for sanitizer, soap, and disinfectant. I also plan on bringing a recycle bin to her classroom.

  43. August 16, 2012
    Anonymous

    These suggestions and stories are awesome! Almost half way there before we can draw our first winner!

  44. August 16, 2012
    Katie

    greening our home is an endless opportunity of cool alternative. I found that getting rid of all the plastic bags and plastic food container removed the option and I now reach for my weangreens without thinking… oh and my husband thinks we should start canning this fall 😉

  45. August 16, 2012
    Alicia Booth

    My children take completely litter-less lunches to school. Drink in a stainless steel bottle, Wean Green containers and the compostable plastic spoons from Yogurtland(which they bring back home to be reused). Instead of buying new lunch bags this year, I am letting them decorate last years’ lunch bags with fabric paint and glitter.

  46. August 16, 2012
    SABRINA URSO

    BRING LUNCH IN REUSABLE CONTAINERS

  47. August 16, 2012
    Ashley Hipkin

    I’m going to use reusable food and drink containers. Also we will go through all our school supplies at home to see what we really need to buy and what can be reused.

  48. August 16, 2012
    Pamela Wood

    We have a garden, but we also use reusable containers including a thermos.

  49. August 16, 2012
    Lacey Henry

    We have stopped using disposable ziplock bags and use reusable containers for school lunches!

  50. August 16, 2012
    Kathleen

    Sending kids with reusable water bottles not plastic!

  51. August 16, 2012
    Precilla

    My daughter always uses reusable container and cutlery for her lunch prepared by me and she always bring her own water bottle. Also, we always leave home earlier so that we can walk her to school instead of driving.

  52. August 16, 2012
    Meredith Peters

    A lot of gong green around our house is using what you already have by finishing it,repurposing it or fixing it!

  53. August 16, 2012
    Andrea Plymale

    For Back to School we 1st have uniforms, we grow are own vegetables and fruit. We compost all the plant waste, most of our other food we buy from the Amish. We use a lunch box with stainless steel containers or a planet box. We have recycled and reused items for years.

  54. August 16, 2012
    Kelsey Olsen

    We use reusable water bottles, snack bags, BPA free plastic wear and lunch boxes

  55. August 16, 2012

    Green School pencil cases, Onyx lunch containers, Sugarbooger Zipee lunch totes, and Ecogear backpacks! And homegrown snacks from the garden in wean green cubes 😉

  56. August 16, 2012
    Lenny Zinger

    we use reusable containers, snack bags for lunches and reusable water bottles. The least amount of waste possible.

  57. August 16, 2012
    Kristina G.

    I use a lot of hand me downs for my kids by saving my older kids’ clothes until the younger ones can fit them. Also, we don’t need to buy a new backpack every year. It’s kind of wastful if the old one worked just fine. We also grow some of our own produce as well and pack the kids’ lunches!

  58. August 16, 2012
    L Cavalletta

    We pack healthy school lunches in earth friendly containers. We also shop/sell at consignment shops for school uniforms. Thanks to your green school supply tips, we’ll be incorporating those ideas, too!

  59. August 17, 2012
    Sue H

    When my boys started K, I invested in a good backpack from Land’s End for each of them. While I have girlfriends who have to replace their kids’ backpacks each year, (and for a couple of them, even more frequently than that), we are four years and going strong. In the long run I have saved money – and reduced waste. Plus, there’s a spot to attach their lunchboxes (filled with Wean Green containers ;])and a place on the side for easy access for their Thermos.

  60. August 18, 2012
    Colleen C

    We don’t have school to worry about any more, but we do have work lunches. Last fall we switched to Wean Green containers and larger glass container with snap lids for my husbands lunches. No more plastic bags or waste in his lunch. The biggest, most unexpected payoff? The bread stays nice and fresh, just like when I made his lunch. No more stale sandwiches! Thanks Wean Green!!

  61. August 18, 2012
    Margaret Imecs

    Buy green school supplies, like recycled notebook binders and biodegradable corn starch pens, buy individually wrapped snacks, buy in bulk and put items in reusable containers.

  62. August 18, 2012
    Christa

    I love this stuff

  63. August 18, 2012

    we started collecting empty milk bags and are donating them so they can make beds in africa

  64. August 18, 2012
    Elizabeth V

    Lunches are packed in reuseable containers, from the sandwich, snacks and drinks. All placed in a thermal lunch bag. No straws. So very little garbage created from lunch.

  65. August 18, 2012
    Nicole A

    I bought reusable snack bags from our local farmers market.

  66. August 18, 2012
    jesse aben

    I built our family a raised garden bed and we have been growing our own veggies for lunches.

  67. August 19, 2012
    chana

    we only use reusable containers and water bottle

  68. August 19, 2012
    Melissa

    refillable waterbottle, lunch bags and lunch containers, energy saving bulbs, composting at home

  69. August 21, 2012
    Jennifer

    Since my little one is only 10 months, I am working on making his Dad greener and changed out his water bottle habit to a reusable bottle. Two weeks and counting and it is going well.

  70. August 21, 2012
    Tara

    I’m going to try and buy all of our produce, as well as milk in glass bottles, eggs, and our bread at the local farms. Using reusable sandwich and snack bags will help as well. Also, using a reusable beverage bottle for lunch drinks, instead of disposable juice boxes. There are so many ways to make back to school greener.

  71. August 26, 2012
    Jessica Grigsby

    I know my neighbors very well, take turns carpooling the children to school and on those bright sunny mornings we open the curtains and blinds and used the natural sunlight as we prepare for school and work.

  72. August 27, 2012
    Sarah B

    Try to always use reusable lunch bags, stainless containers and fabric snack bags when packing lunches and snacks, as well as reusable water bottles.

  73. August 27, 2012

    I pack bento lunches in reusable containers!
    we recycle
    used cloth diapers with our three girls
    my husband bikes and from school/work

  74. August 29, 2012

    Watch this video to learn about how I go green in my classroom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AO5lsdra18&list=UUdeWW6LRHttrTl_lmeUTMsA&index=35&feature=plcp

  75. September 9, 2012
    Shirley Grossman

    I love the idea of using glass containers cause the plastic ones will stain and make food have an unpleasant taste.

  76. September 9, 2012
    Sharron

    Love the idea of glass containers!

  77. September 9, 2012
    patti

    I do a lot of travel and love your lunch set for school children. Works great in my back pack.

  78. February 5, 2013
    Jessica

    I make all of my sons lunches and cut as much plastic out as possible!

  79. September 5, 2013
    Nora

    The kids take reusable containers and my 12 yr. old daughter will be starting her garden