We love a new notebook and a fresh set of pens as much as the next nerds, but we found some great substitutions to make studying more eco-friendly.
We use 100% recycled notebooks, compostable highlighter pencils, and this binder with divider tabs. If you need post-it notes (Emma uses a lot as she works in a school!), here are some that come in recycled paper. For other teachers or students out there, here is a refillable dry-erase pen. Staplers, pencil sharpeners, scissors, 3 hole punches, and paper clips already come in metal varieties so that’s an easy switch to make.
The best option for zero waste is to go paperless, so it’s best to do most of your note-taking and schoolwork on refurbished laptops or tablets. We recommend buying textbooks as e-books or buying them used.
When a hard copy is needed, you can get classy and use a fountain pen with a glass ink jar, which comes in fun different colors. When a pencil is really the only thing to get the job done, try these pencils made of recycled newspaper.
When printing, use recycled printer paper and print double-sided. Old printer cartridges can be safely recycled for free at Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples. And don’t forget to turn your printer off when you’re done!
You can recycle extra art supplies or writing instruments for free here. For those of you Bay Area residents, you can also donate nearly anything at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse. Another place that accepts donations of office and school supplies is Matthew:25 Ministries. They will sort and distribute them to disaster areas in the US and around the world.
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