Regardless if you’re taking your first steps into junior kindergarten, or making your way through the halls at a big name university, going back to school can be daunting, exciting, and, well, a perfect time for staying sustainable.

We’ve started a must-do list for going back-to-school and keeping it green, all at the same time. Let’s keep building our list, adding your ideas to the comments below!

We’ve re-partnered with our friends at Ecojot will supply one lucky commenter with a package of recycled, sustainable swag from their popular product line.

Ecojot® is a Canadian-made, 100% post-consumer recycled paper product company, driven toward providing today’s eco-savvy user with the items that they want and need.  (Check out our review Take note with ecojot).

ecojotThe company uses acid-free, processed chlorine free paper & board with vegetable-based, biodegradable inks & glues are vegetable based, therefore bio-degradable. No new trees are used to make their paper, and they use a paper mill  powered by biogas from a nearby landfill. They also use corn-based protective packaging. (And that’s just the start of their eco-friendly practices).

This has inspired our own list of sustainable practices for the upcoming school year. We’ve started a list below and welcome you to add your own!


We had folks  enter our contest, and add their favourite tips for going back-to-school green in the comments below.

The winner was chosen at random!

  • use recycled paper
  • opt for reusable plastic pencils, or PaperMate’s “Earth Write” line, made of recycled wood
  • look for eco-certified binders and recycled notebooks
  • pack an organic lunch
  • pack an organic lunch in a reusable container
  • pack a vegan, organic lunch in a reusable container
  • use recycled napkins
  • nix the plastic baggies and throw-a-way add-ins
  • if your school doesn’t have a compost, bring home cores and scraps
  • seek out sustainable, organic clothing
  • walk to school
  • ride a bike to school
  • car pool


Anna, on September 9th, 2009, who wrote:

– get some plants for the classroom ( better quality of air and a nicer atmosphere) and use rain water for them.
– show students how to reuse big envelopes and boxes
– school principals, invest in hands free faucets (you will save a lot of water and diminish the contact for germs) and install water fountains (kids won’t have to bring plastic water bottles)
– use energy-saving bulbs
-what about using an ink pen?
-take part in ecological campaigns !
-fix old toys and tape torn books instead of throwing them away
-buy products coming from recycle, not tested on animals, look for fair trade and organic labels,
-save bread crumbs so you can feed birds during severe winter

ecojot and ecoki will be in contact with you, but you can email us if you get to us first!


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