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

Is your child’s education costing the environment?

| September/October 2005


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:


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

Pass: Post-consumer content recycled paper that’s unbleached or tree free: 

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