August generally means back to school. I have already given some tips on how to have eco-friendlier lunches (see HERE), here are some tips on how to make sure your back to school supplies are as green as your lunches will be.
- Backpack: The best advice is to recycle an old backpack or use a bag around the house. If you need a new bag, look for packs made of recycled or organic products. Avoid plastic or vinyl products. Simple Shoes sells packs made of recycled products and hemp, find them HERE.
- Paper Products: If you have notebooks in decent shape from last year that still have paper in them, rip out the stuff you've used and use the rest. For all new paper purchases, look for products made of recycled paper. You can buy recycled paper products at Staples, Office Depot, and OfficeMax. Did you know you can buy elephant dung printer paper? Check it out HERE.
- Binders and Folders: There are three great companies that sell binders and folders made of recycled products. Check out Green Line Paper Company HERE, Green Earth Office Supply HERE and Treecycle HERE.
- Pens and Pencils: There are several eco-friendly options when purchasing pens and pencils. You will find pencils made of recycled products at most retailers. Automatic pencils are a good choice too because they are refillable. Wheely pens (HERE) are both refillable and made of recycled rubber. Also, look out for Pilot's new BeGreen pens made of recycled products that can be found in many stores (HERE).
- Post-Its: This might seem like a strange item, but you can actually purchase Post-It notes made of recycled paper! HERE