My DD is starting 1st grade this year & I got the list from the school with what she needs. Thankfully this year she doesn't have to share EVERYTHING like she did in K. That was frustrating because at least half the parents bought the cheapest, crappiest supplies they could, my natural wipes & pencils, etc just got grouped into a cupboard.
So what's the best I can do? I have enough time to order on line before school starts. I prefer recycled products & for sure no PVC. I was just reading about how even lunch bags can be decorated with lead based paint. I would prefer not to spend a ton of money but I'm more concerned about safe products.