Eco-Chic Back-to-School Suggestions

When it comes to back-to-school shopping, for many Toronto moms, green is the new black. That means stocking up on non-toxic options, recycled paper, litterless lunch solutions, and a whole lot more. Sometimes it can feel that your efforts to be more environmentally-conscious can be at odds with your kids’ desires to have the coolest gear. If you’re trying to go green without sacrificing style, we have a few picks from the folks at Staples Canada to help you out.

Eco-Chic Back-to-School Gear

Colourful Report Coversgreen back-to-school

Staples® 100% Recycled Poly Plastic Report Covers are made from recycled plastic, as the name suggests. They’re also functional, durable and colourful. You can choose snap closure report covers, swing clip report covers or two pocket folders.

Neon Scissorsback-to-school green scissors

We all know that scissor skills are essential for kindergartners, but how about green Toronto moms? Your kids can head back-to-school in style with Westcott® KleenEarth Blunt-Tip Kids Scissors in Neon. The scissors are made from recycled plastic, and carry a 10-year warranty. Your little crafters can cut safely while going green, this year and for many years into the future.

Sugarcane Notebookseco-chic back-to-school sugarcane notebooks

The Sustainable Earth by Staples™ Sugarcane-Based Notebooks are so sweet you could eat them right up, which is no surprise as the paper they’re made from ontains 80% sugarcane content. It uses the waste product left over after turning the sugarcane into sugar, reducing the number of trees that are cut down and maximizing the use of this renewable plant. They come in three sizes, some of which feature handy storage pockets.

Litterless Lunchback-to-school green stylish

These two little words – litterless lunch – have become a catchphrase for greening back-to-school. The Fuel two-piece cutlery set is compact, foldable and stylish, so it won’t take up too much space in your little one’s lunchbox. Pair it with the Snack ‘n Dip Container with a spreader, also from Fuel, to keep everyone happily munching away, waste-free. Plus, the snack container comes in a variety of colours, so your kids can pick their favourites.

What about you – how are you keeping back-to-school green and stylish? Leave a reply and let us know!

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Amber Strocel

Amber Strocel is the Managing Editor of City Mom Now, the parent network of Toronto Mom Now. She is a writer, podcaster, ardent crafter and green mom, who believes strongly in the power of the Internet to connect and empower. You can follow her on her personal blog at

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