Back-to-School Shopping, the Green Way

You know the drill. As summer draws on, thoughts of going back to school begin to surface on the horizon–much to the dismay of some. And that means back-to-school shopping. We’ve compiled for you a short list of green products for elementary to college-aged kids.

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Normally we’d make these all green tech oriented, but we thought instead we’d take a break from that this time around to focus upon the green lifestyle in general. Make back-to-school shopping a little greener with these eco-friendly products that feature recyclable and conscientiously-produced materials. Happy school days!

Universal Office Products Eco-Friendly Round Ring Natural Kraft Binder: This binder’s covers are completely made from recycled materials, and it is free of vinyls and dyes.

Cargo Naturals Pencil Box: Available in three colors, this pencil box is stylish as well as eco-friendly. Made of acid-free fiberboard, it is 100% recyclable.

Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS Solar Scientific Calculator, Pink: Ok, so we might have slightly lied about there being no green tech in this back to school guide. Still, this Texas Instruments solar powered calculator, available in a sleek pink color, is set to help all level of students with both basic math and science related calculations.

Planet Earth Eco-Friendly Luggage Outland Rugged Outdoor Backpack: This backpack is made of rugged, durable materials, which are also produced in an environmentally-conscious way; this bag features low levels of chemicals in its eco-friendly fabrics.

Ecolution Eco-Friendly 8-Piece Artistry Cookware Set: Excellent for the eco-minded dorm-dweller, these pots and pans have a water-based hydrolon  non stick coating instead of Teflon, making cooking safer, and they are made without PFOA, reducing greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing.

Dream Solutions Eco-Friendly Smart Foam Mattress Topper: Dorm mattresses are usually made of vinyl for sanitation reasons, which can make for a terrible might’s sleep. This foam mattress pad, made with 20% less petroleum products, provides support for a comfortable and green night’s sleep.

Fiskars 5-Inch Kids Classic Blunt Tip Recycled Scissors: Young children in need of art scissors for homework probably should make use of blunt scissors. These ones from Fiskars fit just such a need, and the handles are made from 100-percent post-consumer recycled plastic material.

Frigidaire FFPH25M4LB Black 2.5 cu. ft Compact Refrigerator: For times when the dorm cafeteria is closed and deadlines are too tight on college papers to step out for a bite, a small college frig filled with snacks is a must. This Energy Star friendly model from Frigidaire has just enough space for snacks, but also won’t fill up too much space in your student’s tiny dorm room.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.