14 awesome Eco Friendly School Supplies (great for back to school)

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Are your kids heading back to school? If so, check out this list of eco friendly school supplies. These sustainable school supplies will meet their educational needs while being easier on the environment. WIN-WIN.

This article will look at:

  • recycled school supplies (products made from recycled materials)
  • eco friendly pencils
  • less waste lunch box products
  • and more…

13 Eco-Friendly School Supplies
Eco friendly school supplies

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14 awesome Eco Friendly School Supplies

The most eco-friendly option would be to reuse last year’s supplies, so go through the leftover school supplies and see what is missing.

Then if there are items you need check out the following supplies.


1. Eco-friendly School Supply KIT

Eco Friendly School Supplies Kit
Photo credit: Onyx Green

If you need multiple items then check out this eco-friendly kit.

It has pencils (made from recycled newspaper), pens, a ruler made from corn plastic, a pencil sharpener and pencil case made from 100% jute. 

You can get most of your school supplies in one purchase!


2. A Hemp and Natural cotton Backpack

Hemp Backpack

Here is a more natural option than the plastic-y backpacks that rip and tear apart.

I can’t even count the number of backpacks I’ve bought for my daughters over the years.

And by January most of them have torn zippers!

Next year we’ll try something more natural (and hopefully stronger) like this one.


3. The Sprout Pencil –> once you’ve used it up, you plant it!

eco friendly school supplies - the Sprout pencil. Once you use it up you plant it in the ground to grow plants.
Photo credit: Sprout

If you haven’t seen these before they seem really interesting.

There is a seed capsule in the end of the pencil.

So when you’re done writing with it you plant it!



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4. A Tree-Free Pencil made from Recycled Newspaper

Photo credit: TreeSmart

Instead of chopping down trees to make pencils, these are made from recycled newspaper. This is a clever recycled school supply.

Seems like a good option to cut down on unnecessary logging.

Click here to see more details about these recycled newspaper pencils on Amazon.


5. Pens made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

Eco friendly school supplies
Photo credit: Pilot

The ball-point pens shown above are made from recycled plastic bottles.

The same company makes a similar product with gel pens that you can see on Amazon by clicking here.

(I personally don’t like gel pens because I smear them everywhere… and I’m not even left-handed!)

6. Ruler made from Bamboo

Eco friendly school supplies - bamboo ruler (sustainable back to school supplies)
Photo credit: Onyx Green

If you have a quality ruler made of metal it’ll probably last you your entire life.

But if you are hesitant to buy your child a metal ruler there are bamboo rulers available.

(So made from bamboo – the grass-like fiber – instead of wood.)


7. Lined Recycled Paper

Ampad 100% Recycled Filler Paper, 8.5 x 11 Inches, White, College Rule, 200 Sheets (40108R)

Recycled school supplies are a good way to go.

This lined paper is made from recycled paper.

Look for paper that is made from large percentage of post-consumer paper.


8. Printer Paper from Saw Mill Waste

Elementree Sustainable Printer Paper Case, 8.5 x 11 White, 5 Reams, 2500 Sheets of 20lb Printing Paper, Made in the USA (00918C)

I admit that you likely won’t need a box of this paper, but it looks pretty cool anyway.

It says it is made from a sawdust and waste from saw mills.

Perhaps you could send some with your kid to school and you could use some at home or at the office.

Click here for more details.


9. Erasers made from Recycled Rubber

ECO FRIENDLY school supplies - eco friendly erasers from recycled rubber
Eco friendly erasers – Photo credit: Onyx Green

Here are some eco friendly erasers made from recycled rubber.

But some people wonder why an eco-friendly school supply like this comes with plastic packaging.

(But it seems like the erasers themselves work well to wipe out errors.)


10. Glue (plant-based)

Onyx+ Green Glue Sticks, Plant Base, Non-Toxic, Pack of 2

Check out this interesting plant-based glue. It is an Onyx Green school supply.

Click here to see more details on Amazon.


11. Math Set from Onyx Green school supplies

Eco friendly school supplies - a math set made out of bamboo
Photo credit: Onyx Green

Once again, more eco friendly school supplies from Onyx.

(It may not currently be available though…I’ve been having a tough time tracking it down.)

Zero Waste Lunch Kit Ideas

If you start thinking about the waste in an average kids lunch…it’s pretty shocking. 

These products below can help you attain lower waste, and perhaps even zero waste.

For more ways to reduce lunch box waste click here.

Reducing Lunch Box waste

12. Classic Lunch Bag (made from Canvas)

Eco friendly back to school supplies - canvas lunch bag
Click image to view this cool product on Etsy

I love the rugged look of this lunch bag: very basic, very cool.

The one above is available on Etsy from a seller named “Peg and Awl.”

It is a reusable waxed canvas lunch bag.


13. Stainless Steel Lunch Bento Box

Stainless Steel Lunch bento box
Photo credit: Green Lunch Bento

If your goal is to use less plastic this year then you need to check out this stainless steel lunch bento box.

14. Reusable Straws – silicone straws

Softy Straws Wide Premium Reusable Silicone Drinking Straws + Patented Straw Squeegee - 9” Long With Curved Bend for 20/30/32oz Tumblers BPA Free Non Rubber, Flexible, Safe for Kids/Toddlers

I like the idea of these soft, reusable silicone straws for kids.

I’d be more comfortable sending this to school with my kids than a glass straw or a metal straw.

CLICK here to see more details on Amazon.

I hope you have enjoyed this list of eco friendly school supplies.

Providing your child with sustainable back to school supplies is definitely manageable now-a-days.

If there is a sustainable back to school supply that you feel other readers should know about, please comment below.

Thank you.

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