With August right around the corner, it’s time to face the facts: Back-to-school season is officially upon us.
As retailers across the country begin setting up their back-to-school displays, you can’t walk through the stores without seeing walls lined with brand-new backpacks and aisle upon aisle of shiny pens and cute notebooks. With all these options available, it may feel overwhelming to pick the school supplies you actually need.
If you’re trying to have a more eco-friendly school year, there’s no better place to start than with the supplies you bring. From plantable pencils to paper backpacks, these products will make this school year your most sustainable one yet.
8 Sustainable School Supplies We Love
1. Sprout Pencil, $9.99
This isn’t your average writing tool. Sprout Pencils are made of 100% natural, sustainable wood, and they also contain a plant-based seed capsule inside! Featured in the Brightly Shop, the Sprout Pencil set contains five pencils from the Happy Bee Edition, and each tip contains plantable seeds that grow into bee-friendly plants. That means these pencils are also zero-waste! It doesn’t get more green than that.
2. Washable Paper Backpack, $32
You may think that a bag made out of paper would disintegrate after a couple of uses, but this backpack will prove you wrong. With wide, durable cotton straps and a body made of Supernatural Paper (which is crafted from tree cellulose!), you can feel good about flaunting this stylish bag on campus. Plus, you can easily wash it whenever it needs a clean. It’s ethically made and responsibly sourced. And it’ll last you years to come, so even after you graduate, you can use this bag on the go—or you can pass it to a student who needs it!
3. Decomposition Notebook, $10
These decomposition books are great for all your note-taking and journaling needs. Decomposition’s notebooks are made of 100 percent post-consumer-waste recycled plastic and feature a sewn binding. Not to mention, they come in a wide array of gorgeous designs.
4. Rocketbook, $34
This may look like your typical notebook, but it’s actually anything but. Rocketbook’s Core notebook is one of the coolest school supplies. The digital notebook is endlessly reusable and connects to all your favorite cloud services, so you’ll have access to your notes anytime and anywhere.
5. CHAMP Portable Charger, $50
With all those long days in class and hours doing extracurriculars, it doesn’t hurt to carry a portable charger in your bag. This one by CHAMP is ultra compact, works with just about every device, and is made with 72.5 percent post-consumer plastic for a more eco-friendly charge.
6. Onyx + Green 3-Pack Erasers, $4
Everybody makes mistakes. But with these erasers from Onyx + Green, you might not even feel so bad about making them. They’re made from recycled rubber and come with a paper sleeve for gripping, so you can get rid of even the biggest errors.
7. Colorblock Laptop Sleeve, $48
If you carry a laptop around school, a sturdy sleeve is an absolute must. This timeless option is made with organic cotton and has charming stitch details, a top-zip closure, and a tassel finish.
8. Terra Thread Pencil Case, $13
This pencil case isn’t just super cute. It’s also gentle on the planet. It’s made of 100 percent organic cotton, is Fair Trade certified, and is Carbon Neutral. Each purchase also supports Feeding America’s campaign to end hunger.
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