Going Green for School
Going green is smart and easy with all the cool, environmentally sensitive back-to-school supplies available. For example, Envirosax makes non-toxic, reusable book bags that stand up to all sorts of abuses, and then fold up to fit in a pocket (www.envirosax.com). Skip Hop backpacks (www.skiphop.com) offer smile-inducing designs that are free of BPA, lead and phthalates. No need to clog landfills with paper lunch bags when kids can use washable totes by Built NY (www.builtny.com) and Bento-ware by Laptop Lunches (www.laptoplunches.com).
BeGreen Pens by Pilot are made of recycled, post-industrial materials (www.pilotbegreen.us). Paper Mate offers Earth Write pencils made from 100 percent reclaimed wood, as well as biodegradable ballpoint pens and mechanical pencils (www.papermategreen.com). Green Line Paper (www.greenlinepaper.com) and Green Paper Company (www.greenpapercompany.com) carry a wide selection of tree-free and recycled paper products.
Though available online, these products can also be found in stores across the Bay Area. No matter what products you use (and re-use) this school year, make sure to read labels to know what you’re buying. Start the school year smart and green.
– Tiffany Carboni