6 Uniquely Green Items to Add to Your Back to School List

This special section was created by natural product expert Amy Serotkin of The Mindful Home as part of Mothering’s Ultimate Green Guide to Back to School Supplies. Check it out for many more eco-friendly, made in the USA picks for back to school.

Looking for some unique and eco-friendly products to round out your school supplies list? Don’t miss these green alternatives to conventional choices.

Available in cotton canvas, rigid corduroy and twill, these make a nice substitute for the traditional plastic pencil case.  They are available in a fantastic selection of vibrant colors and earth tones, and are MADE IN THE USA.


I was pretty excited to find these well reviewed, beautiful and functional bamboo calculators.  Impecca also makes a gorgeous bamboo keyboard and mouse.  Confirmed by email, they are MADE IN CHINA.

Simple and durable, this biodegradable calculator is affordable and a nice alternative to solid plastic ones.

This handy 12 piece set by Buffalo Natur is made of corn plastic that is 100% biodegradable and non-toxic.

How great is it that Scotch 3M is now making tape with 65-75% recycled or plant based material?  The only thing that makes it even better is that it’s MADE IN THE USA.

Coccoina products are non-toxic, non-solvent and acid free.  Used in schools in Italy since the 1930’s, the paste still comes packaged in a tin (plastic free) can.  MADE IN ITALY


Amy Serotkin is dedicated to sustainable living and finding ways to eliminate toxins in her home.  She is an avid organic gardener and cook, and is always looking for more ways to challenge herself to lessen her family’s ecological imprint.

Her website, www.themindfulhome.blogspot.com, shares with consumers the information she’s found on toxins and eco friendly products that help eliminate disposables or toxin exposure.  She also hopes to highlight smaller retailers, crafters and manufacturers.

One thought on “6 Uniquely Green Items to Add to Your Back to School List”

  1. There are so many alternatives to the exploitative company American Apparel that I cringe to see a pencil case from them highlighted. Especially on Mothering!

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