Looking for sustainable and eco-friendly school supplies? From pencils to packed lunches, I’ve got you covered.
Let’s talk about eco-friendly school supplies. You see, here in Scotland we’re winding down the summer holidays and gearing up for back to school season.
I know it’s cliche, but I seriously cannot believe my eldest starts school in just a few short weeks. She is very excited but I can’t help but feel a bit apprehensive. And, if I’m being perfectly honest, feeling a tiny bit of relief. Trying to keep a pre-schooler entertained all day every day for 6 weeks whilst looking after a 6-month-old has been no mean feat!
If your child is starting school soon too, or going back to school after the long long holidays, then I’ve put together some eco-friendly school supplies for you. Some of them I kind of want for myself…!
Eco-Friendly School Supplies Ideas
School Dress (£16.95) from Eco Outfitters. Eco Outfitters stock a wide range of 100% organic cotton school uniforms, for both girls and boys, up to age 11.
Rucksack (£29.50) from Mibo Kids. There are heaps of different designs of this 100% organic cotton, GOTS certified bag – it’ll be hard for you or your kids to pick a favourite! This backpack is no longer available, but try this rucksack which is entirely made from recycled plastic bottles instead.
Pencil Case (£11.50) again from Mibo Kids, in 100% organic cotton, and again, available in different designs.
And for the all-important lunchtime:
Stainless Steel Water Bottle in a kid friendly 330 ml size. This particular bottle is no longer available, but do try this similar sized one instead*.
Organic Cotton Lunch Bag (£18) – boys designs also available.
Bamboo Lunch Cutlery* (£7.94) – handy for stashing at the bottom of a lunch bag or lunch box.
Stainless Steel Lunch Box* (£15) – I have seen stainless steel lunch boxes on American and Australian sites, but have really struggled in the past to find a UK supplier of one that doesn’t have a plastic lid. The search is over: I’ve just discovered the Green Tulip store on Not On The High Street. You’re welcome.
Do also check out my eco-friendly lunch ideas, for more inspiration.
Now, something I’ve really struggled to find is ethical kids’ shoes. There are very few suppliers of ethical kids’ shoes (that I’m aware of). The two suppliers that I did find were eye-wateringly expensive. I’m also loathed to recommend buying kids’ shoes online. Kids’ shoes are trickier to buy because ill fitting shoes could damage children’s growing feet. I’d recommend visiting a local retailer and getting your kids feet measured and professionally fitted.
Enjoy the rest of the school holidays! Our plan for the last few weeks we have left is to get in as much bike riding practice (without stabilisers) as possible!