Organic Beyond Food: Back to School

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Organic Beyond Food: Back to School

Back To School

It’s back to school season and you’re probably hitting the sales to equip your kids with everything on their supply lists. Keeping things organic may not have even crossed your mind, but there are organic and eco-friendly solutions for school supply shopping too! We’re highlighting Earth-friendly brands and products that your kids (and you) will love.

Backpacks and Lunch Bags

Organic backpacks and bookbags are available if you know where to look! Just like in mattresses and clothing, textile products like backpacks can contain harsh pesticides, vinyl, phthalates, lead, and other questionable chemicals. When your child uses a product every day, it’s a savvy decision to find a non-toxic solution without those potential hazards.

For little ones, we love EcoGear’s Ecozoo Organic Backpack, available in four cute animal designs: Panda, Pig, Elephant, and Puppy. Made from organic cotton with recycled plastic and sustainable wood components, it’s perfect for preschool or early school aged children.

We also like the Rawganique organic hemp mini-backpack and classic backpack for little and big kids alike. They have a collegiate version with a laptop compartment for high school or college students too. Rawganique’s backpacks are made in Europe from European organic hemp.

You’ll also need a lunchbox, lunch bag, or lunch tote, and those can be found organic too! We love Fluf, a Canadian company that offers charming organic cotton lunch bags. They have zippable totes as well as open tote style bags. Fluf also has organic cotton reusable snack bags, a perfect replacement for disposable plastic baggies.

School Supplies

Paper products like notebooks and folders consume a large amount of trees and natural resources, so opt for recycled content for a more Earth-friendly solution to your stationery needs. Try these Tree-Free Journals made with recycled content combined with banana or hemp fibers for a truly environmentally-conscious paper purchase.

When it comes to writing supplies, you might think you are limited to the plastic creations that line office supply store walls, but there recycled and environmentally-friendly solutions here too. TreeSmart creates pencils and colored pencils from recycled newspaper, which reduces wood consumption and keeps paper waste from landfills. Meanwhile, Pilot’s B2P pens are made primarily from recycled plastic bottles (and the medium point pens write so smoothly, it’s incredible).

Get Back to School!

We hope our recommendations have helped you turn this year’s back to school shopping into a more organic and eco-friendly activity. What other supplies does your child need for school, and have you found an organic option for them?

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