AT on ... Green Back To School

AT on ... Green Back To School

Stephanie Kinnear
Aug 27, 2008


I live in a college town and I can't help but notice the recent influx of U-haul's migrating up the main drag, blocking traffic, unloading futons ... Our local Target is stocked to the ceiling with mini-refrigerators, neon pink waste baskets, and every color shower caddy you can imagine.

It's been awhile since I lived in a dorm or shopped for "back to school" supplies, but I'm amazed by the green options that are cropping up left and right.

Solar backpacks that'll charge your iPod and cell phone, while you skateboard to school on a Dry Leaf Eco Skateboard. Are you serious? College campuses are starting to look like the Jetson-ish future that I, as a kid, had imagined would magically descend upon us in the year 2000.

The local drugstore is selling notebooks full of paper made from bananas and reusable water bottles (adorned with Manga characters or peace signs, take your pick) stacked on every flat surface. There are pencils made of recycled newsprint.

It's an amazing evolution. Not that long ago, I bought paper made from trees, and backpacks made from some sort of petroleum product. If you'd told me that students would be buying banana paper in ten years, I'd have called you a liar. I'm glad I would have been wrong.

What great green back to school products have you seen?

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