Back to school with an eco-approach
The beginning of a new school year can be a nervous time for your youngsters. One way to make them feel good? Brand new school supplies! It is a perfect time to start a fresh and make conscious decisions with school supplies, opting for some more sustainable selections.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Recycled Paper Products
Look for notebooks, notepads, and paper made from recycled materials. These products help reduce the demand for virgin paper, saving trees and energy, and keeping our forests looking luscious.
Refillable Pens and Pencils
Instead of disposable pens which add to waste and landfill, refillable stationery provides a great alternative to protect our planet. As well as refillable options, pens can also be made from biodegradable materials like cornstarch or recycled plastic. Young, aspiring novelists or artists can rest assured they are reducing damage to the environment with these eco-friendly options.
Highlighters are always essential in the back-to-school pencil case. The kids can still enjoy pops of colour in their schoolwork, whilst being more environmentally friendly. You can purchase highlighters made from recycled materials or those with refillable ink options.
Bamboo or Recycled Plastic Rulers
Bamboo is a sustainable material, and rulers made from recycled plastic reduce the demand for new plastic production.
Reusable lunch boxes and water bottles
Instead of single-use plastic water bottles, use a reusable water bottle made from stainless steel, glass, or BPA-free plastic. Not only are they better for the environment, but made in a variety of colours and patterns, they are a more fun and trendy option too! Lunch containers made from durable and non-toxic materials can also be chosen to avoid disposable plastic bags and containers.
The right backpack
Picking the perfect backpack is always a big moment before going back to school! As the only aspect of the school outfit where your children’s personal style can be expressed, they will want to nail it. Look for backpacks made from recycled materials or sustainable fabrics like organic cotton, hemp, or canvas.
When shopping for eco-friendly school supplies, keep an eye out for products with eco-labels or certifications indicating their environmental credentials. By making conscious choices and using eco-friendly alternatives, you can make a positive impact on the environment which is sure to make you feel good.
Remember, every small step counts!
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