Eco Friendly School Supplies
Updated: Apr 26, 2020
Alright alright I know this is coming a few weeks late for some of you (myself included), but its here now! The most wasteful times in my life that I can think of are when I was in school, having to waste piles and piles of paper. Well I'm here to give you some good tips to be more environmentally conscious this year!
1. Finding The Right Backpack
Book bags can be expensive! They also can fall apart a few months into your school year, and we can't have that. A cheap but durable alternative is going to be a Jansport backpack. Mine was a hand-me-down from my sister, and it has held up for 6 years. I still use mine for trips and its held up great all this time! This is definitely a nice and affordable backpack that I would recommend. If you want something more on the expensive side. I recommend Fjall Raven, they hold up great and this company is known for keeping sustainability a priority.
So I know not everyone can afford this option, but I still wanted to put it out there. Having a computer or tablet to take notes on is probably the most common way to reduce your waste. So look for student discounts, sales, and second hand products if that is what you're looking for. If this isn't an option for you, whether that be financially or your school doesn't allow electronics, do not fret! There are plenty of other ways for you to reduce waste.
3. Packed Lunch
Now this one has more benefits than just being sustainable, it is also cheaper and healthier! Ever heard of Bento boxes? They are a perfect and more permanent replacement for your plastic Tupperware. (If you already have plastic ones, it is more sustainable to use those. Rather than throwing it out for something new!) Beeswax food wraps are a great alternative to tin foil, plastic wrap, or even ziplock bags! Another option is learning the Japanese Furoshiki wrap, using a cloth to protect the food. Another must have is a utensil kit! I made mine using the silverware I had in my kitchen, but there are kits you can buy. This kit usually contains a fork, spoon, chopsticks, a reusable straw, and a napkin. Some also contain knives but this is NOT recommended or advised in your school bag. (Keep in mind many schools also provide reusable silverware to use if this option does not work for you)
4. Water Bottle
So this one is pretty simple, but carrying a reusable water bottle is a great way to reduce waste! I would recommend one that is insulated and not easily breakable. I also highly encourage you to find something with a closed lid and straw, rather than an open mouth bottle. This is purely for your own protection so you can no nothing unwanted will slip inside. When looking for a bottle, I recommend something like a Hydro Flask or anything similar.
5. Basic Supplies
Most of us do actually need things like paper and writing utensils for school, whether we like it or not. But don't worry! There are still ways to make this more sustainable as well. For pencils, the easiest route is to buy regular wooden pencils. If you prefer mechanical pencils, then I recommend finding more sustainable options. Such as ones made from wood or a medal rather than plastic. For highlighters, you could either find refillable ones, or opt for wooden highlighters. As for pens, the best route to go is to find refillable pens. For paper I would recommend either an eco friendly notebook, or choose a sturdy binder that will last you a long time. Just remember to recycle when you're done!
I hope this helped inspire you to have a more sustainable school year and maybe even encourage others to do the same!
Hunter J Morgan