18 Ethical & Sustainable Back to School Supplies

Head back to school & make a difference with the school supplies you choose. Check out these ethical, sustainable, and give back school supplies and go back to class while making a positive impact. Here’s some suggested sustainable glasses, eco-friendly chargers, socially responsible backpacks, pens, & more.

Sustainable Prescription Glasses

Retrospecced Sustainable Glasses - $30+

Need some new specs for school? Retrospecced is a social enterprise that recycles and refurbishes retro and designer spectacle frames. Yes, they can put your prescription in! Use HONEST5 for 5% off!

ethical backpack

ALEM Backpack- $238

This backpack is crafted to last. Ethically made in Mexico with high quality leather to hold all your textbooks & school supplies. ABLE employs and empowers women living in developing countries to create economic growth and reduce poverty.

sustainable phone charger

Eco-friendly Chargers- $50+

Keep your electronics charged for school. Nimble is focused on creating eco-conscious chargers by using plant-based bioplastics, recyclable aluminum, no chemical adhesives, and fabric made from recycled plastic bottles to craft their products.

sugar cane water bottle

Yuhme Sugar Cane Water Bottle- $35

Stay sustainably hydrated while going back to school with this plastic free water bottle made from sugar cane. Still dishwasher safe, durable, & light weight.

recycled composition notebook

 Recycled Composition Notebook- $8

The Boho Fox Recycled Composition is made with 100% post-consumer recycled paper that can be recycled when you're done using it. Use the code “honestconsumer” to receive 10% off.

ethical school supplies

Organic Cotton Pouch by The Tote Project - $21

The Tote Project raises awareness of modern slavery and supports survivors. Ethically sewn in India by women survivors, this pouch is made of organic cotton & printed with water-based inks.

ethical lunch box

Feed Lunchbox- $48

Each FEED Lunch Box provides school meals, so while you're packing a nourishing lunch for yourself, or your littles, you'll be providing so much more than snacks for work, school, or camp. Give back with this lunchbox!

ethical school supplies

Natural Grass Pen- $6

A good pen is essential for school. Pens often end up in landfills, but the Natural Grass Pen from is made from eco-friendly materials with the option to be refilled, so this pen lasts. Use the code “honestconsumer” for 10% off.

cord traveler ethically made

Cord Traveler- $32

Keep your chargers and cords organized with this cord traveler. Ethically made & empowering artisans in Haiti & Honduras, this leather cord traveler is built to last and empowers others.


Leather Journal- $28

Make your notes last with these ethically made leather journals. Lazarus Artisan Goods empowers developing communities in Haiti and Honduras through job creation, job training, and education.

fair trade iPad case

City of Joy iPad 2/3 Sleeve- $12

Ditch the bulky iPad case and opt for this stylish sleeve made from 100% organic natural cotton. This iPad sleeve is finished with charcoal lining and a wooden button with elastic loop to keep the tablet in place.

recycled highlighters

Recycled Plastic Gel Highlighters- $6

Onyx and Green highlighters are made using recycled plastic and have a fine tip point + easy-flow non-toxic gel ink. Use the discount code “honestconsumer” to receive 10% off.

sustainable lunchbox

Mountain Lunchbox- $20

This insulated lunchbox is a simple solution to an eco-friendly lunch. Made from REPREVE recycled polyester material, this bag is the perfect size for a meal on the go or your kiddos go-to lunchbox. Use the code “honestconsumer” to receive 10% off.


Feed Backpack- $128

FEED’s canvas packsack provides meals to those in need. Truly a go-anywhere bag, this canvas Backpack was designed with both fashion and function in mind, and is sure to be beloved by adults and kids alike. This backpack provides 40 meals.

sustainable school supplies

Recycled Paper Sticky Notes- $4

Most recycling centers aren't able to recycle sticky notes. Onyx and Green makes sticky notes out of recycled paper–utilizing low-impact recycled materials that are compostable at the end of their life. Use the code “honestconsumer” to save 10%

ethically made leather tote bag

Ana Julia Tote- $150

This ethically made leather tote bag is perfect for toting around textbooks, laptops, & school supplies. Crafted to last and providing sustainable employment in Haiti & Honduras. Use HONEST10 for 10% off your purchase.

changemaker coffee mug

World Changer Coffee Mug- $8

This coffee mug is perfect for college students reading “Rise & Grind, Coffee, Change the World, Repeat Again Tomorrow.” Start the day off with a positive reminder that you can make a difference in the world.

sustainable school supplies

Recycled Cotton Paper Journal- $22

Made with 100% tree-free recycled cotton paper, this softbound 96-page journal features a fauna-inspired, woodland animal scene and Dori tie and tassel closure.

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