It’s a running joke in my family that I became a teacher because of my great love for office supplies. I’m not sure why it is, but I love the inside of an office supply store like some people love purses or shoes or jewelry.
Adam, knowing this, brought me a “congrats on your new job!” present the other day, and it consisted of a whole assortment of green, earth-friendly office supplies. So, whether you or your kiddo are heading back to school in a couple of weeks, keep these ideas in mind when school shopping. There are all sorts of neat and fashionable green school supplies out there. And, check back in a couple of days for a new giveaway!
I discovered the Sasquatch line of products last year, and I LOVE them. Talk about a departure from the usual brown and green of recycled school supplies. Their logo is “Leave Nothing But Tracks,” just like Bigfoot. They have a whole line of recycled and recyclable products which are, by the way, trash-free. Check it out!
How about this nifty invention – a staple-free stapler! It can staple together up to four pieces of paper at a time, and it does this by stitching or weaving little strips together. No staples to remove when recycling! There are all sorts of varieties, from plain to kid-friendly. Google “staple-free stapler” to find one you like.
Because being green is so trendy, all sorts of companies are hopping on the bandwagon. While some of the marketing is simple greenwashing, I tend to feel like *some* effort is better than none. To my surprise, the Crayola company is offering some greener products this year. I found dry erase crayons, which are a great and non-smelly alternative to dry erase markers.
Also, the ubiquitous white-barreled Crayola markers have now been replaced with black barrels, which, the company says, helps them use more recycled plastic.
Another simple idea are these corrugated cardboard binders. So easy to recycle when they wear out.
Finally, check out the super-cool Kids Konserve website. Not only does this website sell waste-free lunch kits, they have all sorts of information about getting your kid involved in a green team at school. This is great, and the information applies to all ages.