I bought some of this stuff (back to school shopping lists). The rest of it was acquired via school events that raise money by selling novelty items, some of it is from dentists offices or the orthodontist - perpetuating the thing we do to kids where they always "get something". It's all disposable (or too poor in quality to refill/reuse). It's all landfill, and all of it will last forever. This is part of what has spurred me to create a plastic free back to school set for my son's middle school - if it is well received this fall, I hope to expand to the whole school.