After a long hot summer, it is only a few weeks before the new school term starts! Whether its Primary, Secondary, College or University, getting new supplies is a must! There’s nothing more exciting then rocking up on the first day ready for class with all of your new supplies. It’s a moment when you can express yourself and your identity whilst also making yourself more productive.
But many of the options out there aren’t great for someone trying to be sustainable. So here’s our top 10 picks for sustainable supplies that you can rely on all year!
Stylish and durable, this rucksack was made for those who want to look good and feel good! It’s big enough to store an iPad or tablet so you can take it to the library on those big project days.
Made from real goat leather, this bag can afford to take a few knocks and makes a wonderful gift to someone just starting there school year as you can personalise it with up to 7 characters on the front in either gold, silver, black or blind debossed (no colour imprint)
These gorgeous, colourful pencils are perfect for anyone who is eco-conscious!
Handmade from eco-friendly recycled newspaper, our pencils help to reduce the amount of unwanted global waste and cut down on the usage of unsustainable sources.
Each pencil is made from 100% recycled newspaper, and the packaging is 100% recyclable too! They make a fabulous gift to those who care about the earth or just for your little ones as they are so colourful and fun!
Our Personalised Buffalo Leather Square pencils case is the perfect companion to our colourful Recycled Newspaper Pencils.
These fabulous leather cases are handmade from genuine buffalo leather by skilled artisans in India. The durable buffalo leather will only ever get better with age as every scratch, mark and blemish eventually blends into the natural tone of the case to produce something that will not only stand the test of time but will actually improve as it is used.
You can also personalise this with your child’s name so they never lose it! Choose from up to 7 characters in in either gold, silver or blind debossed.
If you’d love the durability of leather but still want a bit of colour in your life then you can not go wrong with our 3-string leather journals!
Each journal has approximately 115 pages of unlined, recycled paper. Pick your favourite colour from a choice of a 11 different colour combinations and personalise it to make it all your own!
If you have a laptop that you’d like to take with you to class but are worried for its safety then a buffalo leather case will put your mind at ease. This case is incredibly durable and perfectly stylish. The padded interior is lined with a sturdy black canvas to both protect your laptop and look good doing it.
Large enough for a standard 13-inch laptop, it can also hold a 13-inch MacBook Pro with ease. Oh…and did I mention this can be personalised too?
This beautiful backpack is made by Conserve India. Conserve India was born out of a desire to reduce India’s mountain of waste and there is a strong emphasis on recycling and repurposing of materials all while improving the lives of some of the poorest people in India. You can wear this bag with pride knowing it helps others.
This bag has plenty of room for all your belongings including documents and folders, making it a great school bag.
If your not a big fan of our square pencil case then maybe you’d rather our stunning Personalised Buffalo Leather Round Pencil Case?
Large enough to hold all of your essential stationary and durable enough to make sure they stay protected, it is an all-around perfect pencil case. A great choice for anyone doing an art course so you can store all your brushes and pencils.
If you have a larger laptop then we have the case for you too! Keep your laptop protected in our elegant, practical leather laptop bag. It’s a classic design and the high-quality buffalo leather will age beautifully. The handle at the top makes it easier to carry around with you and the padding inside will be sure to protect your device.
Our leather laptop bags are made with Buffalo leather, a beautiful hard-wearing leather that is treated and oiled to become sturdy and showerproof. So you can ease your mind that even on rainy days your work wont be lost!
These gorgeous sari covered journals make a stunning back to school gift to a loved one. Coming in a choice of 6 different colours, you may find it hard to choose your favourite one!
The saris used to make these journals come from Varanasi, one of the most religious cities in the world and a centre of excellence for sari making.
Each journal features 125 pages of unlined, handmade paper, which is bound into the cover of the book, so you will have plenty of pages to get you through the school year!
If you love quirky designs, then this bag was designed for you! The bag’s charming colours and patchwork design add a splash of colour & fun and the seriously spacious interior makes it a great choice as a school bag. With extra pockets you can easily store all your bits & bobs.
This bag has also been made from recycled materials making it a great choice for a sustainable home!
We know it can be nerve wracking on your first day but we hope that some of these choices can give you a confidence boost when starting the new year. Each item on this list was made with care and the people who made them were looked after too so you can feel good owning any of these supplies!
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Since 2001 we have specialised in selling Fair Trade paper products and unusual eco-friendly gifts made in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. All our products are handmade using locally sourced sustainable and recycled materials wherever possible.
Each item sold helps our artisans and producers continue their fantastic work. Please feel free to check out our Producer page on our site to find out a little more about the wonderful people we work with. If you were intrigued about who exactly made a specific item please feel free to scroll down to ‘Make a Difference’ on any product on the site to learn more about the artisans of that item. Every item purchased helps all our wonderful artisans in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Want to know more? Have a look at our Ethics and Story. If you have a burning question then you are more then welcome to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org where our team will respond as soon as possible. Or leave a comment below and let us know what you think!