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10 Eco-Friendly Back to School Essentials

Posted By Mark Boyer On September 3, 2012 @ 2:35 pm In back to school,Design,Features,Green Products,Innovation | No Comments

Naked Binder, eco-friendly binder, cardboard binder, green binder, school binder [1]

Naked Binder [2]

Each year, some 60 million binders that are made of PVC — one of the most environmentally destructive materials out there — are sold in the US. They release toxic chemicals and they never break down. By contrast, Naked Binders [2]‘ cardboard binders are made from 100% post-consumer waste, are 100% recyclable, and they look pretty nice too!

+ $7 – $16 at Nakedbinder.com [2]

Bobble, water bottle, BPA-free, water filter, filter water bottle [3]

Bobble Water Bottle  [4]

There are a bunch of reasons we like Bobble water bottles [5]. First, they encourage kids to drink water instead of soda, chocolate milk, or other sugary drinks; and beyond that, they promote drinking tap water instead bottled water. Bobble’s BPA-free reusable bottles contain a built-in, replaceable carbon filter that filters out chlorine and other organic contaminants for at least 40 gallons worth of water.

+ $8.99 – $12.99 from Waterbobble.com [4]

Voltaic, solar backpack, solar bag, portable solar cell, voltaic backpack [6]

Voltaic Array Solar Backpack  [7]

Let’s face it, just about every kid has a smart phone, a laptop and/or a tablet these days. And if you’re typing and texting all day, you’re going to need to recharge at some point. That’s where Voltaic’s new Array Solar Backpack [7] comes in. With 1,500 cubic inches of storage, the heavy-duty, waterproof bag has enough space to haul all of your books. And with a big solar panel and a 60 Watt hour battery, it has enough juice to fully recharge your batteries when you’re on the go.

+ $389 at The Ultimate Green Store [7]

TreeSmart, pencils, recycled newspaper, recycled pencils, newspaper pencils, Treesmart pencils [8]

TreeSmart recycled newspaper pencils [9]

Pencils will never be the most exciting back-to-school accessory, but they’re essential for any student. When it comes to pencil makers, one of our favorites is TreeSmart [10], which makes pencils out of rolled up recycled newspapers. The company tightly rolls whole sheets of newspaper around #2 graphites, and they sharpen just as easily as any wood pencil.

+ $8.00 for 24 at TreeSmart.com [9]

recycled rubber, pencil case, fair trade, Asha Handcrafts Association, recycled tire pencil case [11]

Recycled Tire Pencil Case  [12]

If you buy some new pens and pencils, you’ll need a pencil case to put them in instead of letting them sit loose in your backpack. ASHA Handicrafts Association [13] produces these awesome Fair Trade pencil cases that are made of recycled tires. The industrial-chic cases feature a big, durable zipper, and they’ll keep the contents of your bag safe from ink and graphite.

+ $12 from Tradeasone [12]

New Leaf, composition notebook, recycled paper, recycled notebook, New Leaf notebook [14]

New Leaf 100% Recycled Composition Book [15]

Composition notebooks are used by students in schools across the country. But why should we need to cut down a tree to make every new composition notebook? That’s the question asked by New Leaf, which turned over a new leaf when it introduced its 100-percent recycled paper composition notebooks. At $3.49 per 100-page notebook, New Leaf [16]‘s product only costs a dollar or two more than the non-recycled alternative, and they’re processed chlorine free.

+ $3.49 from New Leaf [15]

Canon, recycled calculator, canon calculator, recycled lenses calculator [17]

Canon recycled calculators  [18]

Every kid needs a calculator, and there’s no getting around that. So why not get them a calculator that’s a little easier on the environment. Camera maker Canon [19] recently rolled out a line of calculators, ranging from basic computation calculators to advanced scientific calculators, that are made from recycled lenses and plastic from cameras. And because it’s Canon, unsurprisingly, some of them look pretty slick, too.

+ $10.99 to $15.99 from Canon [18]

Staple-free Stapler, madebyhumans, made by humans, eco-friendly stapler [20]

Eco Staple-free Stapler  [21]

A stapler is pretty essential for any student who has to turn in a term paper, a book report, or even just a couple pages of math homework. Add it all up, and we’re talking about a lot of metal staples that will be used once and then thrown away. Made By Humans [22] came up with a clever solution to all that metal waste by developing a staple-free stapler that fastens pieces of paper together by cutting out a tiny strip of paper and stitching up to four pages of paper together. Best of all, you never need to refill it!

+ $12.99 from Made By Humans [21]

Freitag, backpacks, recycled truck tarps, recycled tarps backpacks, book bags [23]

Freitag Backpack  [24]

Form meets function with Swiss company Freitag [25]‘s super stylish backpacks and shoulder bags. Every component in the bags are recycled materials. The main structure of the bags are recycled truck tarps, the straps are recycled seat belts, and the trim comes from old tires. And because each bag comes from a different truck tarp, they are all unique. The basic Freitag backpack features durable zippers, two small outer pockets, and an inner strap that holds a 17-inch Macbook.

+ $309 from Freitag [24]

Aladdin lunch set, Aladdin lunch box, eco-friendly lunch set, Sustain Lunch set [26]

Sustain Recycled Lunch Set  [27]

Bringing your own lunch to school is of course a healthier option than eating what the lunch lady is serving up, and it can also be better for the environment. But why send your kid to school with a brown bag when you can pack their lunch in a reusable container? Aladdin [28] lunch sets are BPA-free, and they’re made from 100% recycled food-grade polypropylene. The sets contain different compartments to hold sandwiches, salads, pasta, and snacks.

+ $29.99 from Aladdin [27]

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[2] Naked Binder: http://www.nakedbinder.com/

[3] Image: http://inhabitat.com/10-eco-friendly-essentials-for-back-to-school/bobble-water-bottle-3/

[4] Bobble Water Bottle : http://www.waterbobble.com/bobble.html

[5] Bobble water bottles: http://www.waterbobble.com/

[6] Image: http://inhabitat.com/10-eco-friendly-essentials-for-back-to-school/voltaic-solar-backpack/

[7] Voltaic Array Solar Backpack : http://www.shareasale.com/m-pr.cfm?merchantID=20018&userID=174698&productID=498518492

[8] Image: http://inhabitat.com/10-eco-friendly-essentials-for-back-to-school/treesmart-pencils/

[9] TreeSmart recycled newspaper pencils: http://treesmart.com/TreesmartStore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=17&zenid=1f46b677edee38daf17e66a689fbad31

[10] TreeSmart: http://treesmart.com/

[11] Image: http://inhabitat.com/10-eco-friendly-essentials-for-back-to-school/recycled-rubber-pencil-case/

[12] Recycled Tire Pencil Case : http://tradeasone.com/shop/purses-bags/wallets-coin-purses/recycled-tire-pencil-case.html

[13] ASHA Handicrafts Association: http://tradeasone.com/producers/asha/

[14] Image: http://inhabitat.com/10-eco-friendly-essentials-for-back-to-school/new-leaf-composition-notebook/

[15] New Leaf 100% Recycled Composition Book: http://www.newleafproducts.net/t/category/notebooks-amp-pads/p/composition-book-black-and-white

[16] New Leaf: http://www.newleafproducts.net/

[17] Image: http://inhabitat.com/10-eco-friendly-essentials-for-back-to-school/canon-recycled-calculator/

[18] Canon recycled calculators : http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/subCategory_10051_10051_-1_26252#

[19] Canon: http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/home_10051_10051_-1

[20] Image: http://inhabitat.com/10-eco-friendly-essentials-for-back-to-school/staple-free-stapler/

[21] Eco Staple-free Stapler : http://www.madebyhumans.net/product_colours.php?PId=240&PiId=4990

[22] Made By Humans: http://www.madebyhumans.net/

[23] Image: http://inhabitat.com/10-eco-friendly-essentials-for-back-to-school/freitag-backpacks-2/

[24] Freitag Backpack : http://www.freitag.ch/pi/F49

[25] Freitag: http://www.frehttp://www.freitag.ch/

[26] Image: http://inhabitat.com/10-eco-friendly-essentials-for-back-to-school/aladdin-lunch-set-2/

[27] Sustain Recycled Lunch Set : http://www.shopaladdin-pmi.com/product/10217

[28] Aladdin: http://www.aladdin-pmi.com/

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