It’s back-to-school season, and while most of us rush to find the best sales on the teacher recommended school supplies, it’s also important to keep an eye out for eco-friendly items. Not only do they help the environment, but they’re also better for our children’s health.
Don’t we all want to save the earth? Make it better for our children? This conversation could go on and on about what is sustainability and why it is important. According to EnvironmentalScience.org, an advocacy group focused on advancing education in environmental science studies, sustainability is defined as looking to “protect our natural environment, human and ecological health, while driving innovation and not compromising our way of life.” While this is a wildly important topic, and deserving of much more than a few lines on PrettyWellness.com, my goal is to educate readers to take small steps toward better wellness for themselves and their families. So on that note…
Eco-friendly materials, containers, supplies are healthier for our children. If the items we use from water bottles to binders contain excessive chemicals, our kids breathe and ingest in these toxic particles. Water bottles, lunch containers and even some organizers could also be made with BPA, PVC, Phthalate and potentially lead and asbestos. It is important to purge these chemicals because many of them are human carcinogens and may contain hormone-disrupting phthalates. Many of these chemicals are banned from toys, but not from school supplies.
Rather than run around town to find the best buy and safest school items, I’ve provided some of my favorite eco-friendly supplies and containers below. Please feel free to comment below and add some of your favorite sustainable school supplies, too.
I’ve been using UKonserve for a few years now. Not only for my son’s lunches, but my husband’s, as well. They are durable and easy to clean. Most importantly, they are free of BPA, PVC, Phthalate and lead. I’ve also been scouting some other stainless steel containers that are sold at Whole Foods and other health food stores.
I admit it, the big plastic Gatorade bottle is so fun and easy for kids to use. I’ve done it. I do it…but try to keep the use to a minimum. There are a ton of more durable and toxin-free stainless steel bottles on the market. I’ve been using the stainless steel Klean Kanteen for a few years. Not only do they come in many shapes and sizes, but if there is any issue whatsoever, the company has a great customer service policy even if you bought them from Amazon. The insulated ones keep my infused water freezing cold throughout the entire day. I’ve also seen a lot of promotion for Hydro Flask and S’well. Glass bottles are easy and I love my Lifefactory bottle, as well.
Safemama.com has a valuable cheat sheet recommending a few different brands for lunches and bags. Many can be purchased on Amazon. Though, LL Bean also sells quality products with backpacks that are free from PVC, phthalates, lead and BPA.
School and Office Supplies
The Center for Health, Environment and Justice created a resource filled with information about eco-friendly products and school supplies. Some are listed below, others to check out include Bic Corp (PVC-free pens,) The Green Office (recycled and eco-friendly notebooks) and Wilson Jones (many PVC office products.)
What are your favorite healthy, eco-friendly school and/or work items?
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