How to Take an Eco-Friendly Approach to Back to School Shopping

Back to school shopping can be a lot of fun for both kids and parents, and everyone has their own criteria: practical, affordable, colourful, trendy, and in some cases, eco-friendly. We love the idea of making your school supply list as green as possible, and Staples has everything you need to make it happen.

Here’s what to look for online and in stores if you’re shopping for back to school supplies that support a cleaner, greener lifestyle.

Make A Litterless Lunch

Many elementary schools require a litterless lunch, but even if they don’t, it’s a great approach to take with your kids. High schoolers and parents can also take inspiration and go green. Consider picking up some of these products to make packing your litterless lunch quick and easy.

  • A stainless steel water bottle like this one by Bento Buddy


You’ll also need an awesome lunch bag to hold everything. Thermos makes adorable, high quality options for younger kids, and older kids will appreciate the simplicity of this black Roots lunch bag. Got a teen? Consider getting them a high-quality, reusable travel mug for their morning tea or coffee. You may want to grab one for yourself as well.


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

If you’re buying new paper supplies, consider looking for recycled options. This recycled paper Hilroy notebook is made from 30% post-consumer waste, as are these sticky notes from Staples’ own brand. You can also get 100% recycled printer paper, 100% recycled paper notepads and 85% recycled manila file folders from Staples. There are even Papermate blue pens made from 55% recycled materials (also available in black and red). Once you start looking, you may be surprised how many recycled, earth-friendly options are available for your home, school or office.


Go Green With Refillable Notebooks

Refillable notebooks are great because they’re sturdy, practical, and create less waste. When you’ve filled all of the pages, simply refill the outer shell with new paper. Not only is it an eco friendly option, it saves you money (a win-win).


Here’s a great option by Filofax and a professional portfolio-style set from Ashlin Hough. A classic refillable binder in a fun floral print is a durable option that can be refilled and used for years. And if you need something to help you stay organized, there’s also this refillable classic black day planner by Fresno.


Remember, buying high-quality products that last is another way to go green as you’ll replace them less frequently and keep more materials out of the landfill. Think recycled, reusable and made to last, and you’ll be well on your way to an environmentally conscious back to school season.

By Staples Canada

July 29, 2021