Back to school shopping – green school supplies

 Back to School Shopping Guide by Cool Mom PicksWe’ve always had a heart for green school supplies for our kids, ever since we knew such a thing even existed.While they’ll never be as cheap as what you find at the big mall stores, grab a couple you love and teach the kids a lesson in eco-conservation right in their own backpacks.

Eco-friendly school supplies: recycled cardboard pencil sharpeners

Recycled Cardboard Pencil Sharpeners
These German-made pencil sharpeners are nifty, and the wildlife graphics are adorable.
($5 at Stubby Pencil Studio / 15% off with code CMPSAVE15 until 8/31/1)
[see 9 more great picks and some nice discounts after the jump!]

Eco-friendly school supplies: Eco-glue

Eco Glue Sticks
It’s kind of nice not to worry about what happens if they lick it. ($4.50 at See Jane Work)

Eco-friendly school supplies: Recycled newspaper pencils

Treesmart Pencils
Made from recycled newspapers they look as cool as they sound. ($22.50 at Abe’s Market)

Eco-friendly school supplies: Collapsible reuseable lunch box

Collapsible Eco Lunch Box
While all our lunchbox recommendations are better for the planet than paper bags, this one made from silicone is a nifty option too. ($15 at Amazon)

Eco-friendly school supplies: recycled paper notebooks

Jot and Share Notebooks
We’ve always loved journals from family-run Ecojot, all made from recycled paper in Canada. We also love their Buy 1 Give 1 program to help needy schoolchildren, and we love this notebook too. ($9 at Ecojot)

Eco-friendly school supplies: natural crayons

What a fun way to teach kids that colors come from things like beets, carrots, and purple sweet potatoes.  ($12 at Eco-Kids)
Eco-friendly school supplies: natural glue

Natural Glue

Clementine art always makes wonderful art supplies for kids, and their natural glue is no exception. ($16 Abe’s Market)

Eco-friendly art pad

Art Pad
While recycling ATM receipts and napkins is one way to go green with art
supplies, we also like this eco-art pad for artists who can’t ever have
enough paper on hand. ($14 at Nubius Organics)

Recycled newspaper scented Smencils

Smencils Bubble Gum Pack
This six-pack of colored pencils is made from recycled newspapers, and smell delicious. And better than those smelly markers, believe us. Our kids adore them.
($7 at Stubby Pencil Studio / 15% off with code CMPSAVE15 until 8/31/11)

Cone of coolness

A European tradition, this cone is filled with lots of fun little
presents for a preschooler or kindergartener’s first day of school. We’d
kind of like one for ourselves! ($49 at Jade’s Toybox; special pricing at this month)

More back to school guide picks:
The Coolest Kids’ Backpacks
The Coolest Lunch Boxes and Lunch Bags

Parents’ Lifesavers
Better Lunchbox Snacks
The Coolest Kids Wear from Tea Collection

Cool Mom Staff

We spend our time looking for cool stuff so you don't have to. Hope this one fits the bill.


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