7 Eco-Friendly School Supplies For A Healthy School Year!

School supply lists get longer every year, and for eco-conscious families, it can be difficult to find products that meet student needs without exposing them to a bunch of unnecessary toxins. Difficult yes, but not impossible. A variety of school and office supply retailers are expanding their selections of recycled or eco-friendly products. And if you’ve got the time to shop online, the variety is even better.

Scroll through a sampling of our favorite eco-friendly school supplies for this year, and be sure to check out previous shopping guides linked at the bottom!

green back to school 2013 friendly highlighters


1. Friendly Highlighters from Ballograf Rosinco

These eco-friendly highlighters and markers have a barrel made from recycled paper and coated with natural wax before the colorful paper sleeve is applied. The ink is as green as the marker pen itself and contain either water or alcohol which is free from chlorinated or aromatic solvents. $3.50 for a 4-pack

green back to school 2013 recycled scissors

2. Recycled Plastic Scissors

The handles on these Westcott scissors are made from 70 percent recycled plastic and 30 percent post-consumer plastic. The pointed handle gives these scissors a slim profile that easily fits in drawers or desktop pencil holders. $6.99 at Staples

green back to school 2013 crayon rocks

3. Non-Toxic Crayon Rocks

Made from natural waxes and tinted with non-toxic mineral powders, Crayon Rocks make vibrant colors and beautiful textures. The pebble shape crayons are easy to hold and encourage the use of tripod grip to develop fine motor skills. Also makes it harder to stick ’em up your nose. $29.95 for box of 64 colors.

green back to school 2013 math set

4. Recycled Geometry Set

Ahh, high school. The time of life when one becomes intimate with rulers and protractors. Send your little Einstein to geometry class in style with this 12 piece math set from Buffalo Natur. Made from corn plastic (85% recycled material and 85% biodegradable material). it also comes in 100% compostable packing! $17.54 on Amazon

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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

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