Zero Waste: School Supply Edition

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With school starting up later this month I wanted to discuss environmentally friendly options. I love writing, and using these methods allows for a guilt free way of living. Of course, being an Amazon obsessed girl, all the options mentioned are available with Amazon! If you haven’t already, GET AMAZON PRIME! Amazon prime gives you 2-day shipping on almost everything as well as so many other great benefits that they can tell you more about on their site. But as a student, you get 6 months free (or 1 month if not a student) with your .edu email. The benefits are endless!

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Now here are my 10 Zero Waste School Supply Suggestions:

Plantable Colored Pencils $15.95 – 6 colors, 2 graphite: These colored pencils are made with a seed inside the end so that once you’re done with them it’ll create a life of its own. Is that cool or what? I know I want to be able to tell people that my pencils turned into something more. So, grab these up!

Recycled Newspaper Pencils $9.94 – Set of 24: If you go through pencils like crazy (like me) why not grab these pencils going onto their second life. They’re made from newspapers, and while you can’t read them, they’ll help with all of the writing you’ll have to do throughout the semester.

Highlighter Pencils $19.99 – Set of 6:  I love highlighters, as I use them for everything! These jumbo dry highlighter pencils are eco-friendly and use no plastics, no ink solvents, and no volatile organic compound. You can compost all shavings and the stub! So highlight away with a pencil and make all your friends jealous.

Refillable Ink Pen $7.99 – 2 Pack: This is self-explanatory but switching to a refillable pen cuts down on the plastic waste made. Get this 2 pack here and you’ll be set!

Spiral Notebook $3.99 – This is not just your average college ruled notebook, but it’s made with recycled paper, so you don’t have to feel guilty for writing all your notes away. Just remember to recycle all your notes you don’t want at the end of the year so more notebooks like this can be created!

Kindle Fire 7 $49.99 – I love my kindle fire 7. It’s compact, has a long battery life, and looks like all the expensive tablets out there. PLUS it comes with Kindle installed, so I can get my textbooks in eBook form and read them on here. Downloading Kindle is free, they have desktop/phone/tablet versions, so you don’t need a kindle fire, I’d just highly recommend it. Download the Kindle app using this link here and see for yourself how amazing it is.

Printer Paper $10.99 – If you find yourself printing out notes that the professor sends out, it might be time to get eco-friendly printer paper. PrintWorks Recycled Multipurpose Paper is 100% recycled, more than 3 times the recycled content but around the same price. Grab a ream and continue printing your favorite pages.

Stainless Steel Drinking Straws $6.89 – Forget all about plastic straws that add to pollution and buy this 4 pack of stainless steel straws that’ll easily fit in your purse or backpack. Have some extra space in your bag? Grab a to-go mug as well!

Bees Wax Reusable Food Wrap $18 – Packing a lunch is not only healthier but it helps cut back costs. With bees’ wax wraps you can store your food on the go completely guilt free. Use the warmth of your hands to soften the wrap and form over a bowl or piece of food. As the wrap cools, it creates a seal and stores food naturally.

Reusable Silicone Food Bag $11.99 – Unlike plastic bags, stasher bags contain no petroleum, no PVC, and no latex. They’re washable and come in multiple sizes for all your snacking needs. Traveling? Put your liquids in here when going through security. They’re cute too!

Want more Zero waste tips? Check out my post Going Zero Waste: 11 Changes for a Big Difference. Looking for more Amazon purchases for traveling? Check out Amazon Purchases for the Smart Backpacker

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