Back-to-School Report Card: Eco-Friendly School Supplies

Is your child’s education costing the environment?


| September/October 2005



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BACKPACK

Fail: Many contain PVC (polyvinyl chloride), the most environmentally hazardous plastic. (It’s also found in sneakers and boots.)

Pass: Choose a hemp or recycled rubber backpack from: GreenEarthOfficeSupply.com Hemp-Sisters.com.

PAPER AND NOTEBOOKS

Fail: Tree-wasting paper that’s bleached with chlorine (creates dioxins).

Pass: Post-consumer content recycled paper that’s unbleached or tree free: DolphinBlue.comNewLeafPaper.comTreecycle.com 

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