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The Sustainable Student Guide: College Essentials Checklist

School supplies running low as spring semester drags on? Consider swapping out your standard materials for these sustainable school supplies next time you need a refill. From plantable pencils to backpacks made from recycled water bottles, we’ve got all your new favorite go-to’s compiled in the list below. Good luck, scholars.


While online classes have made digital note-taking the norm, we know that there are still some die-hard doodlers and pencil-to-paper note-takers out there. We see you, we understand you, and we have just the sustainable supply for you. Package Free Shop’s plantable single pencils allow you to plant the pencils at the end of their life to grow fragrant herbs like sage, basil, thyme, and cilantro. Scoop a couple while they’re on sale and get your sustainable study on.

Got a preference for pens over pencils? Try a couple of these affordable bamboo pens. They’ve got all of the good stuff you like in a writing utensil - a clip, easy gliding ink, retractable tip - and none of the stuff you don’t, like the standard fully disposable plastic body. Waste-conscious writers rejoice!

Decomposition Notebooks are a super easy way to exercise eco-friendly practices while supporting a smaller brand. Each notebook is made up of 100% recycled material while retaining good durability and function. Once your notebook has reached the end of its life cycle you can have no environmental worries, as it is completely eco-friendly. Along with the environmental benefits, they are extremely stylish and have a wide range of colors, themes and designs you can choose from while not breaking the bank. At the end of the day, who doesn't want the coolest notebook in the class while supporting a cause we all believe in?

Now that you’ve got your sustainable supplies, last on the list is a bag to carry them all around in. These Day Owl backpacks will get the job done and come in a ton of colors to match any aesthetic. And did we mention that they’re made from collected and recycled water bottles? These sustainable backpacks are the perfect blend of functional, fashionable, and eco-friendly. Snag one and you’ll be all set for the return to campus, scholars!

Sustainability is not just a trend. It is an investment in the future.

Now that you've reached the end of the Sustainable Student Guide, consider adding these sustainable school supplies options to your shopping checklist. Together we can help save the planet, one campus at a time.

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