A significant amount of plastic could be taken out of the waste equation entirely by switching to Zero Waste back to school kits. Ask anyone that has taken a child's back to school shopping list to a big box office supply store, and they'll tell you they leave with a big plastic bag full of plastic.
plastic pencil case
plastic pencil sharpener
In order to bring students and their families back to the store every fall, these products need to be:
Trendy, cheap, and designed to fall apart. Making this stuff seem like a good value is very good business, but environmentally ignorant.
The definition of this practice is Planned Obsolescence "a policy of planning or designing a product with an artificially limited useful life, so it will become obsolete, that is, unfashionable or no longer functional after a certain period of time. The rationale behind the strategy is to generate long-term sales volume by reducing the time between repeat purchases (referred to as "shortening the replacement cycle")."
Shown below are supplies that take single use disposable plastics off the list.
These refillable markers are really more for use by artists than by school children. I am hoping to find a company willing to make such a product accessible.
Don't forget that Crayola will take back ALL spent markers (any brand!) from your school...
Set up a program at your school now - It's too easy!!