Green is in this year as the kids head back to school! In fact, there is no better way to start them off on a greener path than by shopping for planet-friendly school supplies. The kids will love that they are helping Mother Earth as they kick off the school year in eco-style, and parents everywhere will appreciate raising a healthier generation of children. We have selected our favorite environmentally-friendly items that will make everyone “green” with envy!
Barefoot Books World Atlas
Gorgeous illustrations and exciting facts about our world are showcased in this best-selling atlas. Printed on responsibly-sourced paper, it invites children to immerse themselves in the diverse cultures and natural beauty of our planet. The maps of regions and oceans bring faraway places to life with illustrated geographic and architectural features, people, plants and wildlife, from oil fields to Buddhist monks to the Amazon Rainforest. It even has a glossary that covers terms like “clean energy,” “greenhouse effect” and carbon emissions.” It is the atlas for 21st century readers that highlights the importance of living “green.” Plus, for tech-savvy kids, the new iPad app that is based on this atlas brings the contents of the book to life!
Stylish and unique and just too, too cute, Dabbawalla bags are an indie line of snack packs, backpacks and lunch sacks that are 100 percent biodegradable, yet sturdy enough to last year after year. Made with a new 100 percent sustainable product, Ariaprene, Dabbawalla lunch sacks safely insulate kiddo’s food for hours, are free of toxins (including BPA), reusable, stain resistant and machine washable. The backpacks easily transition from school to sleepovers! Trendy designs include Blushing Monkey, Vintage Flyer, Cat Nap and Cute as a Bug.
Teach children to cut down on consumption and their use of plastic with Itzy Ritzy‘s BPA-free Snack Happened and Snack Happened Mini bags! A lunchbox must-have, they are eco-friendly and great for the environment by replacing disposable plastic bags and cumbersome hard storage containers. Plus, kids will love that the bags come in an array of bright prints and patterns like monkeys, hearts, stripes, airplanes and whales.
Label your children’s personal belongings and teach them how to reuse responsibly with Mabel’s Labels‘ limited-edition School Combo Pack. The Teeny Tags, Skini Minis, Tag Mates and Shoe labels easily designate everything from reusable cups and lunchboxes to pencils, notebooks and sports gear. The labels are an essential for families with multiple children to help everyone stay organized during the school year. The labels can be personalized with names and exciting symbols — let your little ones get creative!
For preschoolers, older children and teens, Klean Kanteen offers reusable water bottles for every age! With either a sippy cup top or a sports bottle top, these stainless steel, BPA-free and lead-free water bottles are an excellent option for keeping your child hydrated. We like that it will not retain the flavor of any liquid and can easily be cleaned with soap and water.
Wexy Lunch and Munch Bags
If you must use disposables, Wexy Lunch & Munch Bags are biodegradable, BPA-free, disposable, recyclable and reusable. Made of 100 percent recycled materials in the U.S., they offer the convenience of plastic with eco-sensitivity in mind. Cheerful and colorful, the bags feature four funky monsters to make them even more appealing!
Stretch your preschooler’s summer outfits just a little bit longer with the help of BabyLegs eco-friendly warmers. These bold, brightly-colored warmers allow little ones to layer for the air conditioning indoors as well as provide a bit more warmth when outdoors on the playground. The extremely soft warmers are one size fits most and new planet-friendly styles are available for fall.
SUMO Snack Stacker
Stack up the healthy snacks in your child’s lunchbox with the SUMO Snack Stacker by Zoli. BPA and phthalate-free, it is the perfect size for storing nutritious eats and treats to send to school, like apple slices, grapes, baby carrots, Pretzel Crisps, rice cakes and more! Available in two sizes, SUMO Snack Stackers are totally modular, with three stackable containers you can use together or pull apart to use individually.
Dapple Fragrance-Free Baby Laundry Detergent
Preschoolers and older children alike can get messy when diving into activities at school — from art class to recess and after-school sports! With skin sensitivities and allergies on the rise, Dapple’s all-natural, hypoallergenic formula is gentle on their skin, but relentless on all the stains your children’s clothes bring home! Dapple offers nontoxic, eco-stain fighting power for every age and does not contain color brighteners or fabric softeners.
FUNtainer™ Bottles and Jars
FUNtainer™ Bottles and Jars are just plain fun! Available in dozens of popular characters and designs kids will love, including Hello Kitty and the Dark Knight. Perfect for packing warm soups or beans and rice in the fall, the containers are made with BPA-free stainless steel, and the bottles will keep beverages cool for up to 12 hours.