Eco-Friendly Fridays: School Supplies

NOTE: You’re not crazy. It’s Saturday, not Friday. Savannah done goofed. The new semester recently started and her schedule is insane. But that’s no excuse, and I didn’t want to deny anyone some eco-friendly goodness! This will be the first and (hopefully) last time a series post happens later than planned.

Speaking of school, let’s talk ways we can be more eco-friendly! I will be primarily focusing on university students since I am one and will be talking about how I went about getting my school supplies. I think these things can apply to high school or even middle school students too, depending on school guidelines.

Here’s what I did:

  • Tablet & Stylus for note-taking

    • I got my iPad 2 second-hand at my place of employment. I purchased it specifically for this purpose since I wanted to move away from buying notebooks or loose paper. Everything is kept and backed up digitally, I don’t have to worry about losing my papers! Win-win! Strangely enough, the absolutely amazing stylus that I ordered seems to no longer exist on Amazon, but the one I linked about should do the trick. Also, I know that some families are unable to fund having several tablets (or even one), so don’t feel bad if this isn’t an option that you can manage right away. Consider saving for one as a birthday or holiday present, maybe? 🙂
  • Notepad+ and Evernote

    • These are the apps I use to take and backup notes (respectively). They’ve been serving me well so far. I will make a point of mentioning that it can be a little hard to get used to these apps if you’ve never written digitally before, but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy-peasy.
  • Ordering books secondhand

    • This one is not only more economical but also more eco-friendly. Consider this: If you’re buying all of your books brand new, the companies are taking this into account and producing more books to sell. This is negatively impactful on the environment. If you get your books secondhand, the trees, waterways, and your wallet will thank you.
  • Waiting to buy only what you need instead of all that is suggested

    • It depends on the needs of the classes your in, but if you can get by borrowing certain items or not getting them altogether, this could be another more (eco)nomical choice. Sometimes the best way to use your voice is through your spending choices. If your child in elementary school requires glue sticks, for example, pop an email over to their teacher and ask how frequently these items will be used. If it’s for only one or two projects (as it was for me growing up), then perhaps it’s better to just borrow when the time comes than spend the money on something that won’t be used optimally. If you’re a university student, wait to see what books you actually need to buy. Some classes will have you order a book that won’t be opened once.

There you go! I hope these tips can be helpful!

Have a blessed day~

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