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! Why continue to use products that spoil or pollute your environment? Why be part of the problem when you can so easily use greener school stationery? In our School Supplies section, you can choose from a wide variety of eco friendly school and education supplies.
Here are examples of some of the problematic or polluting materials commonly found in ordinary school supplies today. In every case there's a better, greener solution:
Materials such as PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride) in folders, ring binders, bags, erasers and pencil cases pose great environmental and health hazards from manufacture to disposal. That new plastic smell that you are familiar with - that’s the the phthalates - a dangerous class of chemicals known to cause a host of reproductive and developmental defects - that volatilize from the PVC, and which can migrate and leach into our air, water, and bodies. 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 Indonesia or other countries in SE Asia? If so they are putting ever more pressure on threatened native rainforests, on animal habitat and on the native communities of this region. Why be part of the problem - it's easy to be part of a better way forward. Use recycled exercise books.
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. In Australia alone, over 140 million pens are sold annually, with the majority discarded after a single use and ending up as long-term problematic waste. This results in around 700 tonnes or 1100 cu metres of plastic waste being dumped in local government landfill sites across Australia. Why add to the waste - use recycled paper pens, biodegradable cornstarch pens and other alternatives instead.
Finding recycled school stationery and green school supplies is not hard! Just browse our selection at BuyEcoGreen for what you need.