Back-to-School Wish List

Six noteworthy back-to-school items to include on this year's supply list. Each has been hand selected through thought and consideration of material use, post-consumption environmental impacts, and kid-approval design. 

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Perfect for all the artwork this school year has in store. Handmade using rice flour, water, sugar, citric acid, corn starch, potassium sorbate, and rosemary oil. Not that kids ever eat their craft projects, but just in case. Available at eco-kids USA.

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Did you know that Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour? Here's something cuter and lighter on the planet. Ideal for packing into lunch boxes, this 0.4-liter SIGG Wild Scouts aluminum water bottle has a highly resistant lining, making it almost unbreakable. Behind these birch trees: Mice, foxes, bears, and owls. This and many other designs available to purchase at MY SIGG

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The chalk is dust-free so you won't be coughing it up if you end up drawing too furiously. Unlike most commercial chalks, these sticks are made from natural calcium carbonate deposits from Champagne, France. It’s the same stuff as the region’s wine caves, and the White Cliffs of Dover. The assorted box has one white stick and the rest are tinted: dark blue, light blue, green, light green, pink, orange, yellow, red, cream, tan, and brown. Three Stars (or Drei Sterne in German), has been making chalk for 130 years. Available at Kaufmann Mercantile.

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Conveniently packaged, nutrient dense, plant-based goodness. Each bar is meticulously handmade using the finest and freshest available whole foods that Mother Earth has to offer. 100% soy free, dairy free, gluten free, no added sugar energy bars that are as delicous as they sound (Almond Cookie Pow Wow). Even better, the wrapper is 100% biodegradable and compostable. Available for purchase at Thunderbird Energetica.

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The Solo Cube is plastic-free, lead-free, BPA-free, phthalate-free and waste-free. The food container measures 5 1/4 inches square and 1 7/8 inches deep and is dishwasher safe. Made of high-quality, food grade stainless steel, these lunchboxes are the perfect solution to disposable lunch bags and plastic. Available to purchase at ECOlunchbox.  

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A good night’s sleep is crucial for hard-working students, and this bedding—made from T-shirt-soft organic cotton knit—is the best way to ensure sweet dreams. The set includes a fitted sheet, flat sheet and two pillowcases (one for Twin sizes), made of 100% GOTS certified organic cotton (Global Organic Textile Standard). The fitted sheet has a deep 15" pocket and full elastic around the bottom. Pillowcases have an envelope closure. All three pieces come in a matching drawstring bag. Available to purchase for a limited time from Coyuchi.

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