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Back to School and School Supplies

Back to School and School Supplies

Articles of interest about back to School Promotions, new and featured green school products, green school supplies, environmental campaigns, student initiatives and more.

Posted by on April 29, 2016 .

Fabulous new colours in our Hemp Cord cards - 4 colours on the one card, 9m of each colour. Shades of Aquamarine, Razzle Dazzle, Harvest and Berry Bar colours.

Natural hemp cord or twine is a preferred choice for gift wrapping, scrapbooking, making greeting cards and other crafts, even gardening, and more. The dyes used are eco friendly and Azo-Free (azo compounds are a group of dyes that are potentially carcinogenic).

Hemp Cord Cards offer the versatility of several colour combinations to get you started on even more creative projects with jewellery making, scrapbooking, macramé, greeting cards, gift wrapping, crochet and more. 100% hemp. Approx 1mm thickness. 20 lbs breaking strength (= just under 10kgs).

Also new are our Natural and Neon colours in Bamboo Cord cards. Silky and smooth, bamboo gives that extra special touch to your gifts and craft projects

Posted by on January 19, 2016 .

The holidays are slowly coming to an end:( and it’s time to start preparing for a green re-entry to school or education. You can find your recycled and green school and education supplies the easy way at BuyEcoGreen School Supplies

What your school stationery and supplies are made of matters. You might only use school stationery for a year or so, but some of the materials it can be made from last a lot longer than that - usually in landfill! Save energy, water and reduce waste with recycled and green school supplies.

Posted by on September 15, 2015 .

New range of Pencil Cases or organisers made from natural canvas with a colour contrast trim and zip closure. Size: 115mm H x 225mm W. Colour trims are black, blue or red.

Useful organiser for a range of pens, pencils and accessories for school or other use; cosmetics; first aid items and medications; computer and phone cables; kids items and more.

Perfect for school students or anyone who needs a safe natural pouch or container to store small items.

Posted by on November 14, 2014 .

How long do the paints last once mixed?

The paints are best if used fresh. The makers recommend that you use only as much pigment powders as needed for one painting session. However, the paint should be able to keep for weeks or even months, but the colour wet will become less vibrant over time. So again, fresh is best!

How can I thicken the paint?

To thicken the paint, add a little starch (corn, arrowroot powder) or a non-gluten flour. Regular wheat flour doesn't mix thoroughly.

Will the colours fade?

Like other arts and crafts-grade paints, the Eco Paint colours can fade over time with exposure to direct UV light. While the makers chose the most lightfast, non-toxic, botanical pigments they could find, the paints are not archival quality, and are not recommended for professional artists. The paints are similar to a watercolour. The pigments are best used to colour your objets d'art, such as painting on paper, collage, wood stain, play dough, paper-mache and more...

What are the colours made from?

The Eco Paint Kit uses all natural pigments from a variety of different fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs.The paint combines gum arabic (a natural...

Posted by on November 14, 2014 .

The Eco Paint Kit uses all natural pigments from a variety of different fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs.

The paint combines gum arabic (a natural watercolour binder), with all-natural botanical food colours that have been used in arts & crafts since historic times.

The colours come from beets, purple carrots, turmeric, and red cabbage, as well as beta-carotene from either oranges, tomatoes, carrots, or marigolds.

Another orange source is the annatto seed from South America, which has been used for centuries by indigenous tribes and can be traced as far back as the ancient Mayans. Annatto's deep orange colour is used today in cosmetics and to colour cheddar cheese!

Other colour sources include the gardenia fruit, and chlorophyll, which is extracted from alfalfa to make a grassy green.

Posted by on August 11, 2014 .

Ideal for all your gift and product wrapping, craft, collages, window and ‘stained-glass’ projects and more. We now have large sheets of biodegradable Coloured Cellophane in packs of 25 assorted colours.  Colours are Red, Orange, Blue, Yellow, Green, Clear, and Purple. Sheet size is Large - 900mm x 1000 mm.

This is REAL Cellophane, not plastic. All Cellophane made from cellulose derived from wood, cotton, hemp or other plants is biodegradable, just like paper. A standard test for Cellophane is the tear test: if you can tear it it's cellophane, if it stretches it's plastic.

Posted by on March 21, 2014 .

As well as encouraging green practices such as recycling among students, many schools around the world are now also greening their buildings and grounds and improving their energy, water and waste processes.

Studies have shown that children learn and perform better in green classrooms that provide more natural light, better acoustics, lower emissions and that involve non-toxic or volatile building materials in their construction.

Schools in France, Kenya, the US, Hong Kong and Australia demonstrate creative use of local materials, water conservation, renewable energy use, advanced LED lighting, green roofs, food gardens and more.

In Australia about 20 primary and secondary schools have achieved Green Star certification, with about another 120 working towards it. The biggest opportunities are of course in the design and construction of new buildings and facilities – the chance to get things right from the start. An example is the Harrison School in Canberra where the building is oriented to achieve maximum solar benefit, is cooled via thermal stacks, and rainwater is harvested for toilets and gardens. In addition changing student (and staff!) habits to make the most of...

The holidays are nearly over (yes it's true ): It’s that time where you need to start thinking about what you need for back to school or education. But wait - don't rush out to the nearest big store to load up with the cheapest (and nastiest) supplies you can find.

What your school stationery and supplies are made of matters. You might only use school stationery for a year or so, but some of the materials it can be made from last a lot longer than that - usually in landfill!

  • Got a pencil case full of cheap plastic pens? Small things can have big impacts. Every year over 10 billion plastic pens worldwide are thrown out and end up in landfill.  Why add to the waste - use recycled paper pens, biodegradable cornstarch pens and other alternatives instead.
  • Materials such as PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride) in folders, ring binders, erasers and pencil cases pose great environmental and health hazards from manufacture to disposal. Why take the risk - there are better alternatives: recycled paper folders and binders, organic cotton pencil cases, PVC-free Erasers and more.
  • Those very cheap exercise books you might have seen: are they made from rainforest-sourced timber pulp from...