As we prepare for the school year, the stores are filled with all kinds of amazing new school supplies. The ads are hyping us all up for the school year with bright colors and bargains. But for the economical, environmental parents, we see through this right?
Of course, we do! But do we have another choice? Can we prep our children for the school year and still save money and reduce our resource consumption?
You bet we can! Read on for some of our favorite strategies and products for a more sustainable school prep.
Strategies for a More Sustainable School Prep
When it comes to school preparation, there are a number of things we prepare for so these strategies are looking at school prep in a broad way.
RocketBook Notebooks & Planners
I love Rocketbook. They reduce paper waste by creating pages that can be written on, wiped, and reused! Another amazing thing about these notebooks is that the entire notebook is recyclable at many recycling centers (though not all; check your local centers). There is a great community out there that provides hacks for getting the most from Rocketbooks, including templates.
Recycled Newspaper Pencils & Colored Pencils
These writing utensils use upcycled newspaper to create the base of the tool, which makes them a more sustainable option. Check out these colored pencils from the Etsy Shop InBreathe.
Paper Tube Pens & Ink Refills
Pens with Kraft paper tubes reduce plastic waste, which is a huge problem. Look for an option like this one from the Simply Genius Store. Not only is the tube of this pen biodegradable, you can use any refill, which will extend the life of the pen further. This is a solution that has existed for a long time, but is highly under utilized.
Wheat Straw Bento Boxes
We bought a wheat straw bento box for each child when they began taking lunches to school. I like that they are biodegradable and made of the “waste” part of wheat. As a mother, I also like that it’s a safe product to store my children’s food and we can skip the zipper bags and plastic wrap! I am able to send sandwiches or salad or mini charcuterie style lunches in them. We also got a hot/cup with a lid that can be used for liquid-based lunches like soups or stews. The set we have includes a spoon & fork, as well. I love this investment! When I am including a charcuterie style lunch, I use my reusable cupcake liners to further divide the bento box. They work great!
Preparing for school is an exciting time! But it doesn’t have to be wasteful! You can use the strategies above to really reduce your waste and set up for an amazing school year.
Don’t forget to talk to your child(ren) about the strategies you’ve used and the choices you’ve made so that they learn and can be little eco-influencers in their school settings!
What sustainable options have YOU found for your school preparations? We’d love to hear about your favorite products and strategies for sustainable school prep in the comments.
Best wishes on the school year!