Sustainable, Stylish Notebooks and Binders for Back to School

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.

Let your kids celebrate their sustainability in style with these gorgeous notebooks, paper products and binders made with the earth in mind.

Sarah Pinto makes academic planners and notebooks in stylish designs.  They are made of 100% post consumer waste recycled paper, printed with soy-based inks, and are MADE IN THE USA.


Aurora GB is a family owned and operated manufacturer of binders and other office supplies.  They have a number of 3 ring binders in different sizes that are PVC free, made of 70% post consumer waste and are MADE IN THE USA.   

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Filler Paper by Ecology

This binder filler paper is made with 100% recycled material, is acid free and processed chlorine free.  It is MADE IN THE USA.

Ecojot makes sketchbooks, journals, weekly planners and more in very cute designs.  They are 100% post consumer recycled paper, and MADE IN CANADA.

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Notebooks by ForestChoice

ForestChoice notebooks are acid free and made of FSC ceritified materials.  They also make FSC certified pencils.  You can read more about FSC certification here.  According to email verification, their notebooks are MADE IN TURKEY.

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Notebook by Top Flight New Leaf

Top Flight New Leaf notebooks and filler paper are made of FSC certified, 100% recycled, 40% post consumer paper and are available in 1, 3 and 5 subject sizes.  According to their website, they are MADE IN THE USA AND INTERNATIONAL LOCATIONS.



About Amy Serotkin

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,, 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.

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