Top 5 Eco Back-to-School Picks for 2011

As a green-minded parent, I am always looking for products that will satisfy the eco and socially responsible side of me as well as the side that doesn’t think green has to be boring. So here you go…with both ideals in mind…my top 5 picks for back-to-school 2011 are:





Graze Organics…We love them because they are:

  • 100% organic cotton
  • No plastic or synthetic linings
  • Free of BPA, PVC, Phthalates, Lead
  • Water-based inks
  • Made in the USA
  • Cute, cheerful designs


EcoGear Animal backpacks and colorful messenger bags with:

  • Organic and natural cotton
  • Non-toxic dyes
  • Sustainable wood accents
  • Recycled Plastic Components
  • Eco-friendly FUN!
  • 1% for the planet Member


Planetbox…seriously, what’s not to love?

  • Made from high-quality 300- and 400- series food grade stainless steel
  • 5 compartments encourage variety of healthy lunch foods
  • “Dippers” allow for messy foods like yogurts and dips
  • Easy to use & dishwasher safe
  • Lightweight rubber (PVC-free!) magnets to decorate
  • Non-toxic, eco-friendly fun!


Crayon Rocks!

Crayon Rocks are all-natural soy wax crayons made from USA grown soybeans and colored with mineral pigments.

  • Non-toxic and fun to use
  • Come in an eco-friendly, reusable, washable cotton muslin bag
  • The colors are vibrant and can be layered to make beautifully textured art work
  • They were designed to strengthen the tripod grip muscles, preparing fingers and hands for handwriting
  • Used by occupational therapists to help children develop fine motor skills


Have a high school or college student in need of textbooks, study guides or supplemental reading? Why buy them when you can RENT THEM! And for younger kids, be sure to check your local library before you go out and buy all those reading list must-haves!

Enjoy the rest of your summer. School will be back in session before you know it!

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8 Responses to “Top 5 Eco Back-to-School Picks for 2011”

  1. almostallthetruth
    July 29, 2011 at 12:35 PM #

    Great top 5! I am kind of liking the looks of Planetbox. I may have to check that out some more. I think I am in denial that school will be starting soon. ;)

  2. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking
    August 5, 2011 at 5:33 AM #

    Oh those sandwich and snack bags are awesome! I am definitely going to have to check them out as well as the Planetbox!! Thanks so much for all of this great information!!

  3. Reba
    August 5, 2011 at 9:52 AM #

    I wrote and published an educational resource for kids: The Compost Heroes. Would love for it to be reviewed by you or perhaps even offered on your site — kids and compost are a natural pair, especially when they get to do some hands-on composting stuff, like explore a worm bin in action, or even just take a nature walk to see nature’s composters in action.

    Please visit I can be reached at, or follow me on Twitter at CompostHero.

    Many thanks and keep up the awesome job! Reba

  4. Mama, Hear Me Roar
    August 13, 2011 at 11:42 PM #

    That Planetbox is awesomesauce! I’d love to use it myself!


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