Every year, kids and adults go back to school with a new set of supplies. All those pens, highlighters, and arts and crafts supplies can really take a toll on the environment. Using eco-friendly school supplies can make a huge difference.

Billions of pens and pencils are uses by students each year. And those billions leave behind a ton of waste. Much of it is plastic, and not even biodegradable!

The problem is most people don’t even know that environmentally friendly school supplies exist. Those of us who are looking for environmentally friendly school supplies might have a hard time tracking them down.

But they do exist, and I found at least one easy source to get all your basic supplies: EarthHero.

Never heard of it? Check out my EarthHero review or this informative article for more info. But the short version is that they’ve got something for everyone when it comes to eco-friendly products.

Let’s see what they’ve got to get you back to school in 2020. Selections may change in the future!

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Pens, Pencils, & Highlighters

Here are two non-plastic pen options and some fantastic recycled plastic and rubber options! All the options shown below are non-toxic and safe for kids. But they are also designed with professionals and adult students in mind.

Natural Grass Pen

These pens are made from meadow grass and BPA-free recycled plastics and use non-toxic ink.

Meadow grass is one of the most common grasses and these pens made buy A Good Company, source locally grown grasses to produce their wares.

Plus, you can buy refills for them, making them a great, long-lasting alternative to your average disposable pen.

Eco Friendly School Supplies - Natural Grass Pens
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Sustainability Features
  • Made in a factory powered by renewable energy from biogas and waste heat
  • Made from locally grown meadow grasses, a naturally renewable material
  • No additional product packaging
  • Ships in recyclable packaging made from recycled content
  • BPA-free
  • Non-toxic ink
  • Vegan and cruelty-free

Bamboo Pen

These bamboo pens, brought to us by Onyx and Green, are made with — you guessed it — bamboo. They also use rubber in the grip and recycled plastic (black pens), or corn-based (blue pens) in the tips.

Bamboo is another highly renewable grass, but it looks and feels more like wood.

Onyx and Green uses recycled, plant-based, renewable, and sustainably harvested materials for their products.

Eco Friendly School Supplies - Bamboo Ballpoint Pens
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Sustainability Features
  • Onyx and Green utilizes recycled, plant-based, renewable, and sustainably harvested materials in the production of their school & office supplies
    • Body: Bamboo
    • Clip and Tip: Corn Based Plastic (blue), recycled plastic (black)
    • Grip: Rubber (black only)
    • Ink: Soy-based
  • 100% Plastic-Free Packaging
    • Product packaging: Recycled unbleached carton paper printed with soy-based inks
    • Shipping packaging: Boxes and envelopes made with recycled content and all shipping packaging is recyclable

Recycled Milk Carton Pens

Onyx and Green also make gel pens using recycled PET from used milk cartons.

Eco Friendly School Supplies -Pens made from recycled milk cartons
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Sustainability Features
  • Onyx and Green utilizes recycled, plant-based, renewable, and sustainably harvested materials in the production of their school & office supplies
    • Body: Recycled Milk Cartons
    • Ink: Soy-based
    • Product Packaging: recycled unbleached carton paper, printed with soy-based ink
  • Shipping packaging: Boxes and envelopes made with recycled content and all shipping packaging is recyclable

Recycled PET Pens & Highlighters

Also made by Onyx and Green are these pens and highlighters made from post-industrial recycled plastic.

Eco Friendly School Supplies - Recycled PET Pens Highlighters
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Sustainability Features
  • Onyx and Green utilizes recycled, plant-based, renewable, and sustainably harvested materials in the production of their school & office supplies
  • Body: Post-Industrial Recycled Plastic
  • Product packaging:
    • Highlighters: Recycled unbleached carton paper printed with soy-based inks
    • Pens: Recycled Plastic Poly Bag
  • Ink:
    • Highlighters: Soy-based gel
    • Pens: Hybrid oil-based black gel
  • Shipping packaging: Boxes and envelopes made with recycled content and all shipping packaging is recyclable

Recycled Water Bottle Mechanical Pencils

Another Onyx and Green product, these mechanical pencils are made from recycled water bottles.

Eco Friendly School Supplies - Recycled PET Mechanical Pencils
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Sustainability Features
  • Onyx and Green utilizes recycled, plant-based, renewable, and sustainably harvested materials in the production of their school & office supplies
  • Mechanical pencils made from recycled PET from plastic water bottles
  • Product packaging: Recycled unbleached carton paper printed with soy-based inks
  • Shipping packaging: Boxes and envelopes made with recycled content and all shipping packaging is recyclable

Recycled Rubber Erasers

And if you’re going to write, you’ll probably need to erase. Onyx and Green’s recycled rubber erasers are made from recycled, not raw, rubber to minimize virgin resource extraction. Each eraser is covered with a paper sleeve for easy gripping and is packaged in a recycled content blister card.

Eco Friendly School Supplies - Recycled Rubber Erasers
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