9 Great Eco-Friendly School Supplies and Art Materials

greenroomThough it’s still pushing 90 degrees around the country, it’s back-to-school shopping time again. While the appeal of shiny new pencil boxes and a unicorn-covered Trapper Keeper is undeniable, all that new stuff often ends up in the landfill come June.

So, here are a nine ways to keep the school year a little more eco-friendly, with a variety of eco-friendly school supplies, recycled and upcycled products, and green art materials. The list includes everything from crayons to backpacks to make sure your student is all set for the school year to come.


  • Recycled Backpack 1 of 9

    Terra Cycle's large backpacks made from upcycled drink pouches, chip bags, and snack bar wrappers are earth-friendly, and big enough to hold a student's stuff.

    Buy it at DwellSmart for $14.99

  • Preschool Supplies 2 of 9

    For the preschool set, pick up some safe-to-eat finger paint by We Can Too, colored by blueberries and spinach. Or, pick up some handmade, non-toxic Eco-Dough.

    Buy it at for $35.00

  • Earth-Friendly Crayons 3 of 9

    Pick up a bag - or four - of 16 soy Crayon Rocks. Added bonus: the shape of Crayon Rocks also helps to develop later handwriting skills.


    Buy it at Crayon Rocks for $7.25

  • Recycled Pens 4 of 9
    Zebra pen

    These ballpoint pens by Zebra are made with 75% post-consumer recycled materials.

    Buy it at Staples for $14.79

  • Better Printer Paper 5 of 9
    TerraCycle Banana Paper

    A banana for breakfast, and a banana to write on. TerraCycle's Banana Paper is made of banana leaves, and makes great art project or printer paper.

    Buy it at for $8.09

  • Recycled Composition Book 6 of 9
    composition book

    New Leaf Paper's Recycled Composition Book is made of 100% recycled paper, and manufactured in the US.

    Buy it at for $7.98 

  • A New Lunch Box 7 of 9
    soYoung Green Rocket

    In place of paper bags headed straight for the landfill, pick up a new lunchbox, like this PVC, Pthalate, and BPA-free Green Rocket Lunch Box from SoYoung.

    Buy it at SoYoung for $31.99

  • EcoPencils 8 of 9

    Faber-Castell's GRIP Colored EcoPencils are made from re-forested wood, and come in packs of 12 or 24.

    Buy it at Faber-Castell for $6.49

  • Greener Spiral Notebooks 9 of 9

    Greenroom's line of recycled school and office supplies includes these polka-dot emblazoned recycled spiral notebooks, available at Target.

    Buy it at Target for $3.99





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