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Back to School in Sustainable Style

Back to School in Sustainable Style

Creating a sustainable back-to-school checklist can help reduce your environmental impact while ensuring you have everything you need for a successful school year. Here’s a guide to making eco-friendly choices:

Sustainable School Supplies

  1. Eco-friendly Backpack:

    • Made from recycled materials or sustainable fabrics like organic cotton or hemp.
  2. Notebooks and Paper:

    • Recycled paper notebooks.
    • Look for FSC-certified or other sustainably sourced paper products.
  3. Writing Instruments:

    • Refillable pens and mechanical pencils.
    • Pencils made from recycled or sustainably sourced wood.
    • Highlighters and markers with refillable options or eco-friendly certifications.
  4. Binders and Folders:

    • Made from recycled materials.
    • Choose durable options to avoid frequent replacements.
  5. Reusable Supplies:

    • Stainless steel or bamboo rulers.
    • Metal or bamboo scissors.
    • Eco-friendly glue sticks and non-toxic adhesives.
    • Recycled content sticky notes.
  6. Tech and Gadgets:

    • Look for energy-efficient electronics.
    • Buy refurbished laptops or tablets.
    • Use USB flash drives made from recycled materials.

Sustainable Personal Items

  1. Clothing:

    • Organic cotton, hemp, or bamboo clothing.
    • Second-hand or thrifted clothes.
    • Clothes from brands with sustainable practices.
  2. Shoes:

    • Sustainable brands using recycled materials or eco-friendly manufacturing processes.
  3. Accessories:

    • Reusable water bottle made from stainless steel or glass.
    • Lunch box or bag made from sustainable materials.
    • Reusable snack containers and utensils.

Study and Extracurriculars

  1. Textbooks:

    • Digital textbooks or e-books.
    • Second-hand or rented textbooks.
  2. Art Supplies:

    • Non-toxic, eco-friendly art supplies.
    • Recycled paper for drawing and painting.
  3. Sports Equipment:

    • Buy second-hand equipment.
    • Look for eco-friendly brands and materials.

Health and Safety

  1. Reusable Face Masks:

    • Made from organic or recycled materials.
  2. Eco-friendly Personal Care:

    • Organic or natural personal care products.
    • Reusable menstrual products for girls (e.g., menstrual cups, cloth pads).

Organizational Items

  1. Sustainable Desk Accessories:

    • Recycled or sustainable desk organizers.
    • Eco-friendly bulletin boards or whiteboards.
  2. Energy-efficient Lighting:

    • LED desk lamps.


  1. Eco-friendly Transportation:

    • Walk, bike, or use public transportation when possible.
    • Carpool with friends or classmates.
  2. Reduce Waste:

    • Use reusable shopping bags for back-to-school shopping.
    • Avoid single-use plastics.

Mental and Emotional Preparation

  1. Eco-friendly Activities:

    • Engage in outdoor activities that promote a connection with nature.
  2. Mindfulness and Wellness:

    • Practice mindfulness and stress-reduction techniques using natural surroundings.

By following this sustainable checklist, you can make environmentally conscious choices for the back-to-school season while still being fully prepared for the new academic year.


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