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Green Your Back-to-School Supplies

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Unfortunately, the calendar doesn’t lie. September is looming and the school-shopping season is here. Check out these eco-friendly alternatives to the items on your kids' lists. (Click the "read more" below the slideshow for buying info.)

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1 Made from reclaimed wood and 100 percent preconsumer waste materials

2 PVC-free and made with 100 percent recycled board

3 100 percent biodegradable minus the ink refill

4 Made from stainless steel and completely BPA-free

5 Stainless steel lunch box with carry case

6 Sandwich bags made of organic cotton that your child can decorate herself

7 Great to slip into the backpack for those times they aren't able to wash their hands

8 Made from recycled plastic water bottles and trimmed with naturally biodegradable canvas

9 Made with certified non-toxic ingredients and packaged in environmentally friendly materials

1. Paper Mate Earth Write, $4, Amazon.com
2. Natural Markers, $6, Clementine Art
3. Classic Binders, from $7, Naked Binder
4. Biodegradable Corn Pen, $2, Grassroots
5. Foogo, $18, Amazon.com
6. Planet Box lunch box, $60, Pottery Barn Kids
7. Color Your Own Snack Ditty, $13, Eco Ditty
8. CleanWell Hand Sanitizer, $12 for 6, Amazon.com
9. Big Peace backpack, $56, Beatrix New York

Also, take a look at my green school supply picks from last year as many of the resources are still top on my list.

Francesca Olivieri is co-founder of sage baby, an online eco-friendly baby store offering everything from organic clothes and skin care to furniture. She also runs a green consulting business; blogs for The Family Groove and Scenic Hudson; and contributes to Daily Candy Kids, YogaCity, Citiscoop, and NRDC’s Simple Steps. Please visit her website at FrancescaOlivieri.com.

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