Back to school shopping -- or even just shopping for office supplies -- can be stressful for environmentalists, what with staring at rows and rows of uneco vinyl folders and picking up one after another notebook to check for post-consumer recycled content. That, plus the fact that many neighborhoods don't have local, independent office supply stores that meet all school supplies needs, means fighting crowds at big box stores.
Now, a single green school supplies kit can save you a trip -- or multiple gas guzzling trips. Sustainable Group's Back to School Kit boasts some of the greenest stuff on the market that'll fully prep you or other students in your family for the fall semester. That means no vinyl, no plastic, and no end-of semester landfilling. Here's what the kit contains:
- A 1.5” ReBinder recycled 3 ring binder, with 2 replacement covers and a half dozen each pocket dividers. We're talking durable cardboard folders not just made with high post-consumer recycled content -- but also fully recyclable and reusable with new replacement covers!
- 6 RePocket 2-pocket folders. These handy folders are made from 100% recycled, FSC-ertified chipboard with 85% post-consumer recycled content.
- 6 ReWrite notebooks in a couple different sizes. The bending chipboard covers are made with 100% recycled and FSC-certified fibers; the inner pages are made with 100% post-consumer recycled, FSC-certified paper.
- 3 ReMark eco-pens The pens look like plastic but are made with organic cotton and plant resins from sustainably managed forests -- and can be sent back to Sustainable Group for recycling!
6 ReSleeve recycled CD sleeves and 3 RePlay recycled CD cases. These replacements for those plasticky CD jewel cases are made with recycled and recyclable cardboard, of course.
Want a kit for yourself? The kit costs $44.99 -- and includes free shipping! For more office greening tips, check out these posts:
>> Shannon M. Clark at Earth911 has put together a handy post on a Green Office Remodel. Among other tips, Shannon recommends Sustainable Group's recycled products: "Be sure to keep track of what’s recyclable for later, so when it comes time to dispose of something, you know how to do so."
>> Jen at Eco-Office Girls has tips on how to green your writing: "Greening your small business writing practices will ... reduce your waste, save you money and improve your ability to be eco-friendly in the office in small ways."
>> Athena Goodlight at Socyberty has sobering stats to encourage you to green your office: "If employees in a typical 50-person office use both sides of the paper only 10 percent of the time, the company could save 10 trees and more than $750 a year just in reduced paper costs. "
BlogHer Contributing Editor Siel also blogs at greenLAgirl.com.
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