Was shopping for school supplies as a kid one of your favorite memories?  Back to school is a great time to start fresh, try a new makeup look, and stock up on fall essentials…for school and life.  This year, take an eco-challenge and shop for Earth friendly school supplies.  We’ve rounded up some of our favorites to get you started.

Pens and pencils are a back to school staples, so check out smecils which are made from recycled newspaper.  They even make “smens” too!  Of course, you’ll want to be writing in a recycled notebook – it reduces the burden on trees by using recycled paper made from post-consumer waste.  The higher the recycled content the better!  Most major brands now make recycled notebooks, but try EcoJot.  They make pretty patterns, use vegetable dyes, and 100% post-consumer paper waste.  Even paste has grown up!  If you or your kids need to glue paper to paper, try a Coccoina Adhesive-Can, it’s completely non-toxic, non-solvent, and acid free.  They even tasted its marizapan almond-based flavor and smell.   For more grown up school supplies, there are NeoGreene Laptop Sleeves made with less petroleum and pvc-free, natural cotton messenger bags from EcoGear to stash it in.

Once you’ve got your desk type supplies purchased you’ll want to move onto looking and feeling fresh.  Treat yourself to new makeup brushes that can live in your workbag, desk, or dorm room.  Try our Bamboo 6 Piece Brush Set, one of celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles’s favorites.  Save some green when you purchase from our NEW online store.  Enter code FIONA12 to receive 25% off at checkout! Don’t forget some fall focused beauty essentials like the new Almay eye shadow quad that comes complete with primer and a pretty fall lip gloss.  Try  the Bonsai color from Cargo’s Plant Love collection – it’s 100% natural.

What are your favorite back to school items to shop for?