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How to Find Eco-Friendly School Supplies

I have a confession to make. I LOVE back-to-school shopping. One of the things I looked forward to the most when I became a mother was that I would once again be able to shop for school supplies. It was such a wonderful time for me as a kid – carefully choosing the best pencil cases and notebooks that were so pretty and new – I loved it. Now that my daughter is starting Kindergarten, I get to start thinking about school supplies again – except that now I am a lot more conscious about what they contain. Since I’m doing the research, I’m going to share how to find eco-friendly school supplies.

Backpacks

Toxin-free backpacks do not contain harmful chemicals like BPA, Leads, Phthalates, or PVC (which ARE in those tantalizing $15 backpacks you see at Wal-Mart. I know. They are so tempting when they have all of your kids’ favourite characters on them!! I FEEL YOUR PAIN!!). BabyJoy.ca based out of Toronto, ON has a selection of toxin-free backpacks from brands like Beatrix NY, Little Life, Green Sprouts. (Super cute ones for toddlers and preschoolers!)

Skip Hop backpacks are free of BPA and phthlates and are a lower price point than the ones at Baby Joy:
Skip Hop Zoo Packs Little Kid Backpack Butterfly Skip Hop Zoo Packs Little Kid Backpack Zebra Design

So Young backpacks are free of PVC, Phthalate, and BPA with designs suitable for older kids:
So Young Black Shark Grade School Backpack So Young Orange and Pink Peonies Grade School Backpack
Litterless Lunches

Lunchbags can contain the same toxins as backpacks, so look out for labels that state that they are without BPA, lead, phthalates and PVC. (The brands above have matching toxin-free lunchbag counterparts.)

I’m a fan of food containers that are not made of plastic, as you probably already know. There are great stainless steel, glass, and silicone options out there now, both for food and beverages.

I have a Life Factory glass water bottle with a silicone sleeve and I love it. They also make food storage containers:
Lifefactory 1 Cup Glass Food Storage with Grass Green Silicone Sleeve
I have these stainless steel Kids Konserve containers and love how lightweight they are. The ones with plastic lids are a #4 safer plastic (check here for decoding plastic codes):
Kids Konserve Nesting Container Trio

Eco Vessel has cool collapsible silicone containers that can be reheated, and LunchBots have stainless steel bento-style lunchboxes:
Eco Vessel Collapsible Silicone Double Compartment Food Container Green

There are lots of great and fun stainless steel water bottles out there:
Eco Vessel Scout Kids Stainless Steel Water Bottle With Flip Straw Eco Vessel Twist Triple Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle Skip Hop ZOO Stainless Steel Straw Bottle Owl

Reusable snack bags are a safe and eco-friendly alternative to ziplock bags.

I have a few of these Colibri snack backs that are PVC, phthalate, and lead free with nickel free zippers:
Colibri Reusable Snack Bag

Lunchskins bags are BPA, lead, and phthlate free:

Yummi Pouch bags are also BPA, lead, PVC and phthlate free:

 

And don’t forget about utensils!
bambu Kids' Fork & Spoon

Stationery

Get notebooks made from recycled paper (100% post-consumer waste is the most eco-friendly), and for bonus points – chlorine-free and soy ink printed.

 

Pens made from recycled plastic and recycled water bottles are now widely available:

 

And pencils made from recycled materials too – I love the ones made from newspapers!

 

There are pencil cases made from recycled materials too! Hurrah!

There really are more sustainable options for any school supplies you need – you just need to look at what’s out there!
 

 

What are your favourite eco-friendly school supplies?

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