With our world in climate danger the least we can do is be mindful of the choices we make in our personal and professional lives. I wanted to share with you some products and brands that strive to produce eco-friendly products. This blog post does contain affiliate links.
Onyx and Green’s Recycled Newspaper Colored Pencils
Onyx and Green is a brand that has more than 45 different eco-friendly and sustainable items. Their items are made mostly of post-consumer and post-industrial recycled materials, such as this set of colored pencils. This pack contains 24 different colors, great for your students’ next art project! See it on amazon.
Pilot V Board Master Refillable Dry Erase Markers
Does your classroom use a whiteboard? You can reduce your carbon footprint through getting these refillable dry erase markers from Pilot! You can choose from a pack of 5, 12, 15 or 36 with the option of red, blue, or assorted colors. Not only is it refillable, but each pen is made using recycled materials and filled with low-odor ink. Get it on amazon.
Honeysticks’ Beeswax Crayons
These beeswax crayons are great for the classroom too! If you have students who tend to draw all over the tables, chairs, and walls, you can let them play freely without worrying about the mess. It is made out of 100% all-natural, food-grade ingredients so they’re safe to use. Buy on amazon.
The Blue Brain Teacher’s Digital Resources
One way to reduce one’s ecological footprint is to use less paper for various classroom activities. You can do that by supporting TBBT’s sets of digital resources on Teachers Pay Teachers! From mathematics to social sciences, you can find a set that will suit your teaching needs. Click here to see all of my digital resources.
Emerging Green’s Tray Table
As seen on my personal social media (see it on my instagram!), I love this table tray from emerging green. Whether you are having a one-on-one session with your student after school or you want to try a different seating arrangement for your students, this tray table is great for your classroom! Unlike most desks, this is made out of high-quality bamboo which is sturdier and great for your buck. It is even easy to set up and put away due to the foldable legs it has. See it on amazon (you can even read my review!)
Get a green professional certificate
My final recommendation for being a green teacher and having a green classroom is to find out how to create a healthy and resource-efficient classroom through this course from the Center for Green Schools in the U.S. Green Building Council. It has 12-modules that can be taken within a 365-day window for everyone who will enroll in this course. They even offer an in-person workshop for this course and have bulk discounts available for the entire school staff.
From writing materials to a green professional certificate, there are many eco-friendly items you can get as an educator. Doing this will not only decrease your carbon footprint but you can also show your students how they can reduce theirs too. I hope this list serves you well and have a great eco-friendly year!