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When I got my daughter's back to school supply list my jaw literally dropped to the floor. There was no way I was sending my baby to school with bleach disinfectant wipes, antibacterial soap, Germ-x, plastic folders, and other name brand petroleum based school supplies. I was most shocked that they asked for specific brands that weren't non-toxic. After getting the list, I went on a search for affordable non-toxic school supplies and found some great products. Keep reading to learn where you can find safe back to school must haves to fulfill your child's school supply list.
The Cleanwell Starter Pack is the perfect alternative to antibacterial soap and sanitizer that most schools request. Cleanwell kills germs naturally without using triclosan, alcohol, and other harsh chemicals. Cleanwell uses ingredients like thyme oil, aloe, white tea, and essential oils like orange, vanilla, lavender, and ginger which are safe for even sensitive skin.
Treesmart Industries Pencils
Some might argue that mechanical pencils are more eco-friendly than recycled pencils. But since most children don’t end up refilling their non-biodegradable mechanical pencils and they end up in the trash, we think these recycled newspaper pencils are the way to go! Treesmart Industries uses rolled-up recycled newspapers to make their pencils here in the USA.
Kids Panda Book Bag
Lots of book bags are made with PVC, petroleum byproducts, harmful dyes, and other toxic chemicals that are bad for the environment and your child. PVC’s lifecycle is harmful from the time it is made to the time it is disposed. It continuously releases chemical gases which can have long term health affects. This is why it’s important to look for bags that are made with natural materials like cotton, hemp, or bamboo. Ecogear has a kids line of backpacks made out of natural cotton, non-toxic dyes, and sustainable wood components at very affordable prices.
Seventh Generation Disinfectant
Common disinfectant wipes can contain harsh acidic chemicals which can be potentially dangerous for your child. Seventh Generation makes a botanical disinfectant using thyme oil, lemon grass, citronella, and oregano. The disinfectant wipes kill over 99.99% of household germs, speci?cally: Influenza A viruses including H1N1, Rhinovirus (type 37, the Common Cold virus), Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa on hard, nonporous surfaces.
Most crayons are made out of paraffin wax which is a petroleum by-product. They take many years to degrade and are bad for the environment to produce. Prang makes a soybean oil formulation non-toxic crayon that is more vivid and smoother than regular wax crayons. They are also biodegradable.
Coccoina Glue Stick
Coccoina glue sticks are made out of potato starch and almond oil unlike most glue which is petroleum based. Coccoina is a non-solvent, acid free, non-toxic glue and is great for back to school, scrapbooking, crafts, and more.
We love Naked Binders since they are made with 100% recycled materials that are phthalate and PVC free. Since no trees or petroleum by-products are used in making the binders, the manufacturing process takes less energy and creates less pollution. Naked Binders has several colorful and naked options ranging from 1″-2.5″ binders with rounded or square spines.