Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pick safer school supplies with EWG’s back-to-school guide | Environmental Working Group

Front of Crayola No 54 crayon boxImage via Wikipedia
Today is the big shopping day for back to school items. I dutifully went to the school's website and downloaded the list. 

2 packs Crayola crayons (24 count)
1 pack Crayola crayons large (8 count)  
1 pack Crayola thick classic markers (8 count)
              (*no neon, pastels, skinny, etc. markers)
2 Dry Erase Markers (1 black/1 blue)
1 (3 prong/2 pocket) plastic folder   
2 4 oz. bottles Elmer’s white glue
2 Glue Sticks (Jumbo size)
1 pair Fiskars blunt tip children’s scissors
2 boxes Kleenex 
** 1 bottle hand sanitizer
1 ream letter size printer/copier paper
  Kindergarten supplies continued…..
GIRLS: 1 box 24 ct. Ziploc bags (quart size)
1 container Lysol wipes
BOYS: 1 box 25 ct. Ziploc bags (gallon size)
             1 container baby wipes

 Hard not to notice that almost all the product were listed as "Crayola" or a name brand. Crayola must be a huge supported of schools to have such a hold on the market. Or maybe it is because they have been around since 1903.  Dare I buy non name brand crayons, markers or lunch boxes? No kid wants to be the "different" one, especially on the first day. I was surfing Twitter this morning at 5am, otherwise known as mommy-time, and conveniently stumbled on a list of environmentally safe school supplies. I will be taking this list with me to the store today. Hope that I can get away with buying a few items, especially the environmentally safe lunch-box. I bet that it doesn't have Batman on the cover.

BTW, I wonder why the girls are asked to bring Lysol wipes and the boys are asked to bring baby wipes? :-).  If I chicken out on the environmentally friendly backpack, at least I can get soothe the guilt with the environmentally friendly baby wipes.
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1 comment:

  1. Update: We waited until the 99th hour to get school supplies and on our way there all the boys fell asleep in the car. Hubby went in to get the school supplies alone (Gian was not happy to have missed the trip but thrilled to see all the spoils); he was like a kid in the candy store and bought everything on the list and a lot more. Plan to be just as excited when the other two G's start kindergarten.


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