We know you're holding on tight to the last days of summer, but like it or not, the time to head back to school is just on the horizon. Gear up for a new academic year in a green way with some eco-friendly school supplies sure to keep you prepared for even the most daunting assignments. To help you on your way to a higher education, we’ve rounded up all the goods you need to start the school year right -- and as an added bonus we're giving away a whole slew of these green goodies in our back to school contest! Be sure to enter the contest (worth $1,155!), and jump ahead for your best bets in sustainable school supplies!
The plastic and vinyl commonly used in school binders are often not recyclable, but did you also know that they release dioxins during production? Thankfully there are Naked Binders, which are free of plastics, vinyl or toxins, are made from 100% post consumer waste, and are 100% recyclable. Made in the USA, the Naked collection has everything students need to keep organized and green from the start of the school year to the finish!
Behance’s Action Method system is determined to get even the most chaotic of minds organized. Their line of journals, notebooks, and calendars have been a favorite of creative professionals world wide — the 2008 TED Conference even featured a limited edition Action Book! The suede-t0-touch cover is packed with 30% post-consumer recycled paper, and a color-coded grid system helps you streamline your thoughts and plans.
Moleskine notebooks have always been a stylish favorite for notebooks and planners. Ecosystem brightens up the classic notebook with their 100% recycled paper journals. Available in bright rainbow colors, the company has already saved thousands of trees, water, and prevented greenhouse gases with their notebooks that feature a trackable ID number, enabling consumers to not only see its origins, but learn how to recycle them post-use.
Jot down all your brilliant thoughts with TreeSmarts’ awesome pencils. Made from rolled recycled newspapers, TreeSmarts pencils are a great way to keep with old school writing materials, all while being eco-conscious.
Organization is also important at home. A desk organizer keeps supplies handy and ready to use. This Recycled Cotton Desk Organizer from Bambeco looks like leather but is actually made from salvaged cotton from the apparel industry. The journal, note holder, pencil cup, magazine holder, mail sorter and business card rest will keep your home study area in check.
A high-speed laptop is a staple for students of all ages, and the HP Pavilion dv6t series is top of the line. A qualified Energy Star device, the dv6t has an incredible smart SimplePass fingerprint reader – no passwords necessary! The super-fast processor also has an HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive, which locks in your data should you drop your laptop on your way to class!
You can save a bundle by bringing your lunch to school. But note: brown bags are out, and reusable lunch bags and boxes are in! Kids especially will love the dogs and birds on these bags, and you will love the machine washable 100% organic cotton, and removable rinsable liner.