10 Green Back To School Supplies For An Eco Friendly Semester

It seems like just yesterday we were heralding the arrival of summer, and now we’re already in the home stretch. As this warm and wonderful season starts to draw to a close, it’s time to think about fall. In addition to harvest festivals and cooler days, autumn is when many return to their academic studies.

Going back to school usually means some new clothes and school supplies for those of us young (or lucky) enough to be returning to the classroom. Parents and cash-strapped college students might be quick to choose the cheapest products available, but this often comes with a hefty environmental cost. Many low-cost school supplies are mostly petroleum based plastic or full of toxic chemicals that represent a health risk.

To help keep you healthy, clean, and green this school year, we’ve rounded up 10 back-to-school supplies that go the extra mile when it comes to sustainability. Click on the thumbnails below to learn more about gadgets that will help students conserve (or create) energy, reduce waste, stay connected, and reduce the presence of chemicals in they’re backpack. Did we forget your favorite sustainable back-to-school accessory? Share it with us in a comment!

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog