Back to School: Buy Green!

January 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

Well, it’s that time of year again, which means that it’s time for us college students to return to school for the Spring semester. What it also means is that it’s time to go out and get all of the supplies we need for our new classes. But this semester, why not change it up? Why not make it the time of year where you decide to buy green, sustainable supplies instead. Maybe some of these will strike your fancy:

  1. Notebooks. Look for notebooks made of recycled paper. They’re not any more expensive than regular notebooks, but using them can reduce your CO2 emissions by up to 0.5 Tons of CO2 eq/year. Need to know where to find them? Try this notebook from Staples, which is actually 20 cents cheaper than other equivalent-sized notebooks.
  2. Scissors. Didn’t expect to see scissors on this list, did you? Well this year many companies, including ACME, are selling scissors made from 70% recycled plastic – for basically the same price as most other scissors. An easy choice if you ask me.
  3. Pens. Did you know they now make completely biodegradable pens? With the exception of the removable ink cartridge and the ink itself, they’re made completely from corn products, and will disintegrate completely in about a year. I’m impressed – I hope you are too!
  4. Crayons. Remember when you were a kid, and got yelled at not to eat the crayons? Well, you still shouldn’t eat them, but now you can get crayons made from soybean oil! The crayons are 100% reusable, and only run a buck for eight of them! And you’d also be surprised how many college students need and/or want crayons.
  5. Pencils. A large number of pencils are now being made from recycled wood. Why not try this choice from Office Depot, which cost the same, if not less than regular pencils, and are made from 100% recycled materials!

Of course, don’t forget to recycle any materials as you finish with them. Old notebooks, softcover books, and other papers can be recycled easily in almost every state. Another important thing to recycle are you ink cartridges. Most school or office supply stores will take your old cartridges in exchange for money back to use on new cartridges or other supplies.

Have a great semester!

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