Green Your Back-to-School Shopping


I love back-to-school shopping.

Even though my color-coded organization system never lasts more than a month, having neat new supplies gives me a fresh start. Finding a turquoise ruler to match my calculator and math binder makes me giddy.

But after working for Natural Home this summer, the green guilt has set in. Back-to-school shopping involves a lot of waste.

In high school, the waste is amplified because teachers do not coordinate their lists. Each teacher requests a binder just for his or her class. Then one teacher says I’ll need tape, another says glue sticks and yet another wants me to buy a bottle of Elmer’s.

Of course, by the end of the year I’ve only used each thing once.

But this year, things have to change. I am going to try harder to reuse the old and green the new. I don’t have my specific supply list yet, so I’ll shop around for green versions of these five essentials:

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I bought Paper Mate EarthWrite pencils for my son after I saw an ad at the TV, my son was very proud he had such eco-friendly pencils and all his classmates asked him where they can buy them. His class decided to impress their math teacher and buy some products from and eco-friendly pencils, the teacher was impressed to see his pupils buy such pencils and care about the nature.

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