Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Your Green Back to School Guide

Where have the 6 weeks of summer gone? They've flown by in my opinion, and before we can even catch our breath, its time to sort the packed-lunches, straighten those ties and start the car up ready for the early morning run. Yes, its the dreaded back to school time! 
Whether your child is starting a new school or heading back for the new year of term I'm aiming to provide you with the perfect solutions to staying green. I was due to post this before school started back, but before I had time to finish it Septembers already sped past and we are already at the beginning of October *and breathe*! 

During my search for green, sustainable stationery, I found the following companies you many find useful:- 

Nigels Eco Store - http://www.nigelsecostore.com/acatalog/eco-office.html - I feature this website a lot on this blog, but with good reason. They supply anything from stationery for school, notepads, paper and computer products at affordable prices. 

Oxfam - http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/ethical-collection/cards-and-stationery?pscid=ps_ggl_GR_Ethical+Collection-Stationery&gclid=CNbGyoiH4rICFSTKtAodnGQAWQ Oxfam stock a range of ethical stationery items for organizing - from handy notebooks to pencil cases, calenders and diaries.

The Green Stationery Company - http://www.greenstat.co.uk/storefront/home The Green Stationery Company stock many items for back to school use such as inks, files, folders, storage solutions, stationery and organizers. 

My Eco Store - http://www.myecostore.co.uk/recycled-stationery-stationery-c-160_83.html My Eco Store stock lots of eco-friendly stationery products helping youngsters 'on their green journey', at reasonable prices.

Other back to school supplies:

Bags -

Nigels Eco Storehttp://www.nigelsecostore.com/acatalog/Woven_.html - Again, Nigels Eco Store store some of the best (and outrageous!) eco-friendly bags around. They may be a bit too wild to use as a school bag, but they are still very stylish. They are woven from recycled juice cartons! Go look- I want one!

Amazon UKhttp://www.amazon.co.uk - Amazon stock a range of different eco-friendly bags for any occasion including school bags, fashion bags and laptop bags. 

Cotton Shoppers - http://www.cottonshoppers.co.uk/?gclid=COjv5raW4rICFUbMtAodVTQASQ Cotton Shoppers stock paper, jute, canvas and plastic bags ready to be printed, branded and reused by you :-)

School Uniforms -

School uniforms are mostly passed down from sibling to sibling, from friend to friend and therefore are very widely reused in the UK. However, if you are looking for a brand-new shiny ethically sourced school uniform for your child, look no further:-

Cotton Roots - http://www.cottonroots.co.uk/new/?gclid=CNavquyX4rICFaTJtAodtVkAGw Cotton Roots have teamed up with Fairtrade to produce eco-friendly school uniforms for youngsters. 

Nigels Eco Storehttp://www.nigelsecostore.com/acatalog/Organic_School_Uniforms.html Nigels Eco Store stock organic cotton school uniforms for both boys and girls at reasonable prices.

They are just a taster of some online companies who stock back to school supplies, if you could recommend any others or work for a company that stocks supplies yourself, just leave a comment below and I will be sure to add them to the blog post :-) 

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