School supplies: Tips for choosing environmentally friendly and economical products

The binder, sheets, notebooks, kit, slate, etc. Here is what you will find on the list of school supplies for the beginning of the September school year. But all these objects are not without danger, both to the planet and to health. Here’s how to go greener with healthier school supplies.

How are the lists of supplies drawn up at scolaires ?

If previously each teacher or professor had specific requirements, today, the lists are standardized and take into account several parameters.

Indeed, the tightened family budget is an important element, which schools take into account. The importance of a lightweight binder is also an essential point, as is the preference for products that can be included in selective sorting or recycled in their entirety.

How to choose your school supplies in the way raisonnable ?

If the previous year’s equipment is in good working order, there is no need to buy it again. Indeed, the binder can be used from one year to the next, as can the kit, some binders, pens, colored pencils, etc.

This not only saves money, but also avoids consuming products for annual use.

Buy used school supplies

As improbable as it may seem, some school supplies in very good condition are sometimes found in online classified ads or specialized second-hand sales sites. Gumtree, Preloved,, etc. the choice is vast and the prices very interesting. By searching, it is even possible to find completely new binders, kits, etc., with the labels.

Similarly, some school books can be found on sites such as Getboox. Parent associations also help parents who want to save money by buying second-hand books from high school students at more attractive prices.

Choose a robust and durable material

The items on the school list are all or almost all accessible in shopping malls. But it is also possible to find them on the Internet or in so-called “ green ” points of sale.

In all cases, it is important to favour refillable products at the rate of disposable ones (ink pens where possible). They are more ecological and above all more economical.

Plastic remains omnipresent in school supplies

Plastic pockets, dividers, notebook covers, markers, binders, etc. Plastic seems to be everywhere. But once again, it is possible not to consume it, by choosing products made with other materials.

Prefer cardboard sleeves like plastic sleeves, rubber erasers are natural. For rules, metal rules are more durable, etc. For packaging, again, finding blank sheets without plastic packaging is a challenge. But it is still possible to buy astronomical quantities of them. Be sure to take only what is necessary.

Healthy products in children’s kits

Some products are sold for children, but are dangerous to health. Indeed, some solvents, paints, correctors, etc. can be dangerous for younger people. Choose products with low or no hazard pictograms.

Similarly, some environmental logos can make a difference. It is quite possible to buy healthy school supplies for children and the environment. The European Ecolabel is, for example, a quality criterion, just like the German Blue Angel label, Nordic Ecolabel, NF Environnement label, FSC International Ecolabel, PEFC or APUR, etc. The use of chemicals and solvents is reduced, as is the impact of the products on the environment.

Learn simple gestures

It is important to teach children to respect their school supplies. Younger children should close the markers after use so that they last as long as possible, similarly, a draft sheet is used on both sides, the binder or kit is not a notebook: no drawing on it, etc. Respected school equipment not only has its life span extended, but can also be used for several years.

Also, be careful not to buy non-recommended supplies from school lists. The simplest equipment is also the most effective, there is no need to opt for products that are too sophisticated or that may attract the envy of future comrades.