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Greening Your Back-to-School Shopping List
This year, fill your kid’s backpack with eco-friendly school supplies. We’ve got the skinny on where to find them.
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Target also carries Elephant Poo Poo paper journals, which are made from—ready for it?—elephant dung. The 20-page notebooks ($10.99) come with pamphlets on elephants, so Junior might learn a little something, too.
Brown paper bags and plastic water bottles are undeniably wasteful; try reusable containers that are not only functional but also stylish. Greater Goods on U Street, Northwest, has lots of solutions, including Lunchskins Reusable Sandwich Bags, colorful pouches made of a moisture-proof fabric that can even be tossed into the dishwasher. A set of two, which costs $14.50, comes with orange and green pouches that are decorated with snazzy patterns.
The To-Go Ware Stainless Steel Food Carrier is another good pick. The souped-up lunch boxes ($19.95) are lightweight, easy to clean, and good for insulating both hot and cold food. The lid doubles as a plate, and it comes with a smaller container that’s ideal for sauces or smaller snacks. For an easier-to-store option, the Acme Reusable Insulated Lunch Bag ($14.50) is made of recycled plastic and comes with a freezer pack. Pair it with a bamboo utensil set ($11.95), complete with holders made of recycled water bottles.
Speaking of water bottles, kids might like the animal-motif ones from Paper Source. The stainless-steel bottles ($21.95)—think dent-resistant!—are patterned with whimsical designs such as birds and monkeys. Here’s a bonus: A portion of the sales goes to support clean-water projects in developing countries.
Envirosax totes ($9.95) can hold extra things such as gym clothes or a lunch and be easily folded up and stuffed into another bag. The Flotsam and Jetsam tote bag ($14.95) is made from used plastic water bottles and has an artsy decoration. Who knew green could be so colorful?