Eco-friendly & Non-toxic School Supplies

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.

Believe it or not, there are still many school supplies that include toxic chemicals. Water bottles, lunch containers and even some organizers could be made with BPA, PVC, Phthalate and potentially lead and asbestos. For instance, if plastic in water bottles or containers is heated/damaged, the chemicals in that container could leak into the food or water and then be consumed by our children. It’s important to purge these chemicals because many of them are human carcinogens and may contain hormone-disrupting phthalates. While many of these toxins are banned from toys, they are not from school/office supplies.

That’s why it’s important to learn more about sustainable and non-toxic school supplies. Check out one of our wellness segment’s on WTNH-TV about considering better back-to-school options.

If you would rather not wait at Staples or Target to pick up school supplies, I’ve provided some of my favorite non-toxic ones below. (There’s still time for Amazon Prime!)

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Food Storage

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.


Water Bottles

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.


Bags 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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  1. Love these eco-friendly options! I’m a sucker for Moleskine notebooks :)
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  2. Great idea for a post! I need to get a stainless lunchbox and water bottle!!
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  3. I just bought the Kleen Kanteens for all 3 of my kiddos. They LOVE them!
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    • Yay. We love Klean Kanteens too, especially the insulated ones. My drinks stay cold all day. I even sometimes put green juice in them because th caps are air tight.

  4. These are such great eco-friendly options! Once upon a time I worked for Tots to Teens Magazine, when it was my turn to help with the back to school issue… I went GREEN :) I actually featured a couple of these or similar products.
    Wishing your son a happy school year!

    • Do you still have a copy or link to that article? I would love to see it. I do find that the companies that have been offering/selling/promoting green products and have sustained are usually my first go-tos. Though, I LOVE attending the Green Expo fairs and festivals to check out all the new items. It’s seriously my amusement park. :)

  5. With the water bottles, I’m also always looking for good ones for ME! The school provides most supplies, but we’re in charge of water bottles and lunch supplies and I do want to buy those with care. Klean Kanteens rock.
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    • YES, Klean Kanteens rock. I love their colors. Have your kids returned to school yet? It still seems like summer, even with them in school, because Labor Day hasn’t hit yet. I think once the weather really changes and we feel a bit of the cool air, it will hit me. Happy Holiday weekend.

  6. Great list and good timing for back to school (back to office). The plastic water bottle is a good one…I used plastic for a long time but just finally made the switch to stainless steel for all the bottles we have in the house.
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    • That’s so exciting that you made the switch. It’s easier to grab and go from the store, I know. In the long run, it’s so much healthier and better for the environment to use glass or stainless steel. Good luck.

  7. Hey Caryn,
    Great article! I am extremely impressed with your writing skills on wellness subject. If anyone needs Dyne pens for school supplies then I will highly suggest buying from I.C.E INC. which is offer Non-Toxic Environmentally friendly dyne test pens and solutions. Hope to see more inspiring stuff from your side.Thanks for sharing such an informative post and I really liked it.
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  8. Lovely table. I love how it is so child friendly. Good job.

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