Eco-Friendly Back to School Supplies from Eco Etsy

As the summer winds down, parents are preparing to buy supplies for the new school year as kids are still trying to enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation. And if you are like most of parents, you must have received “the list” of items to send with your child on the first day back to school and you are getting a tad bit stressed out.

Well, don’t sweat. Back to school shopping is far less stressful if you know where to look for eco-friendly supplies! Yes, I’m talking about Etsy, of course.

But first, keep the following tips in mind when shopping for supplies.

  1. Don’t over buy. You can always refill during the school year so don’t buy more than you need and reduce waste.
  2. Don’t buy hand sanitizers with Triclosan or Alcohol. Send natural hand wipes that do not contain antibacterial agents.
  3. Send tissue box made with recycled paper.
  4. Use non-plastic and non-PVC (vinyl) supplies
  5. Send upcycled crayons (see below)and don’t buy new box of Crayola.
  6. Try to buy recycled paper products as much as possible.
  7. Use reusable sandwich/snack bags instead of plastic ziplock baggies.

Here are awesome eco-firendly supplies from Team Eco Etsy to get you started.

1. Upcycled paper wrapped pencils by LizOhsiekDesigns

Upcycled Pencils

2. Hand printed and bound eco-friendly notebook by MonkeyDogStudiorecycle blank book

3. Eco Friendly Crayons by Earth Grown Crayonseco-friendly crayons

4. Reusable snack bag by A Thread of Grace snack bag

5. Upcycled t-shirt drawstring bag by FashionGreenTbag star wars drawstring bag

For more eco-friendly back-toschool supplies, check “Team Eco Etsy back to School
For more ideas on how to green your back-to-school, check Green Child Magazine’s Back to School Issue

Have you started shopping for back to school yet?

First Image by KB35 via Flickr

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About Karen Lee

As a former Captain of Eco Etsy and one of the current leaders for the team, I am really excited to be hanging out with like minded team members to share ideas on how we can leave the least amount of carbon footprint.

I sell eco-handmade and vintage goodies in my Etsy shop and consult small business owners on Karen Lee Consulting where popular Etsy Starter Kit is sold. And as a retired Chiropractor, I share natural health news and green tips on drkarenslee.com. Check out my past posts on Eco Etsy!

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