Eco-friendly school supplies are becoming increasingly popular as more and more people become aware of the impact that traditional single use products have on the environment. Consider investing in one or more of the below when your child goes back to school this year, and help to reduce waste, conserve resources, and minimize pollution.
Fabric Book Covers: Looking for a way to protect your kids' school books without having to resort to plastic contact? Or just wanting a sustainable solution to personalise a plain notebook? Reusable fabric book covers are ther way to go. We love these ones by Little Miss M Designs. Each reusable school book cover:
- is handmade in Australia from 100% cotton;
- comes with a label on the front for your name, subject and year;
- is designed to fit snugly to A4 sized books;
- is machine washable.
As they are cotton based, these book covers can simply be placed in the washing machine if they get a little dirty, and once dried on the line, they will look good as new! You can use these book covers again and again every year.
Reusable Water Bottle: One popular eco-friendly school product is a reusable water bottle. Single-use plastic water bottles are a major source of pollution, and they take hundreds of years to decompose. Reusable water bottles, on the other hand, can be used over and over again, which greatly reduces the amount of waste that is generated. They are also often made from sustainable materials such as stainless steel, which is durable and better for the environment.
Reusable Cutlery and Utensils: Another eco-friendly school product to invest in is a portable reusable cutlery set. Disposable straws, forks, spoons and chopsticks can take hundreds of years to decompose and are a major contributor to landfill. Stash a portable cutlery set in your child's backpack and they'll never be stuck needing to use a disposable fork again. Our favourite cutlery sets for school are these sets by Little Miss M Designs - $15.
Silicone Straws are the way to go when reducing waste - throw one in your child's school bag and they'll never need a plastic straw again. Check out these pastel-coloured silicone straws at The Simple Sustainable Store - $4.00 each.
Recycled Products: An easy and affordable swap, try recycled products! These days it is easy to find notebooks made from recycled paper, and backpacks made from recycled plastic bottles. These products not only reduce waste but also conserve resources and support local communities and economies.
By choosing sustainable and eco friendly school supplies this year, students, teachers and parents can play an active role in reducing their carbon footprint and protecting the environment.