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Green Shopping for Back-to-School Supplies

Need help finding recycled-content school supplies? Call the Office at 1-800-768-7348 for suggestions.


Shopping Green Locally ...

Shop green at your local grocery store, drug store, office supply store and discount store. Look for products including:

  • pencils made from 100 percent recycled materials including recycled tires;
  • pens and pencils made from recycled contents and refillable;
  • paper, notebooks, folders made from recycled materials;
  • backpacks made from recycled plastic bottles;
  • spiral notebooks made from recycled fibers and printed with soy ink; and
  • clipboards made from 100 percent recycled fibers.

A green tip for buying your school supplies is to read the labels on the products. Purchase items that have the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled contents.

Before purchasing your school supplies this school year, consider reusing what you already own, trading, borrowing, renting, buying used and then the last step, buy new and green. For a list of ways to buy greener and smarter, visit New American Dream.


Green School Resources

The following is a list of resources which may be used to "go green" at your school. Please note that DHEC does not endorse any of the listings included below.

Air Quality

Energy Conservation

Environmentally Friendly & Healthy Foods

Funding Options

Green Building

Hazardous Material

Raising Funds for Green Steps Projects

Recyclers, Vendors, Services and Substitutions

Recycling Bin Vendors

School Programs


Water Conservation


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This Web page was last updated on March 4, 2013.