This year, make your back-to-school shopping a green experience for your school-age kids. Show them that they can stock up on all the supplies they need for elementary school and be eco-conscious, too! Check out some of our favorite green grade-school supplies.
green essentials for school-age kids
Use green paper
Every kid needs a nice assortment of construction paper for art projects, and Riverside Paper Tru-Ray Recycled Construction Paper is acid free, 100 percent sulphite and contains 50 percent total recycled content. Available in fade-resistant colors such as pink, tan and chartreuse, this paper is strong enough to withstand folding and curling without cracking and tearing.
Buy a green backpack.
Office Depot’s Montana Backpack is perfect for heading back to school. Made of recycled materials, it comes in several primary colors and is sturdy enough to tote crayons, notebooks and projects while standing up to wear and tear.
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Plan your child’s lunches together. Kids are more likely to eat healthfully when they have a say in their choices. Allow them to pick out their favorite fruits and other nutritious options at the grocery store.
Pack a lunch.
An EasyLunchbox System pairs BPA-free and environmentally safe reusable lunch containers with roomy cooler bags. This green sack lunch alternative is sized just right for kids and minimizes waste: No bags necessary!
These Celery Street wildlife colored pencils are made of tightly wrapped old newspapers, non-toxic water-based glue and non-toxic paint. So while your child is busy doodling, he’s also helping to stop habitat-destroying deforestation.
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