Back-to-school time is right around the corner for college students, and almost as soon as professors begin passing out syllabi, parents and friends begin shipping out care-packages to their favorite co-eds.
If you’re already planning some boxes of love for the undergrad in your life, why not do it greener?
To help you show you care in eco-friendly style, we’ve gathered some great green care-package ideas for your favorite smarty-pants.
To save on shipping emissions, collaborate with friends and family and send all your goodies in the same box. No matter what they say about small packages, getting a big box is always cooler, anyway.
Put a green twist on this care-package classic with delicious candies by Organic Confections. These treats are organic, free of additives and preservatives and available in a variety of flavors that are sure to please any sweet-tooth.
They’re also packaged in reusable jars rather than the standard plastic wrapper, meaning more taste and less waste.
A sinful sweet and a new place to put all those pesky paper clips? Sounds like a college student’s dream.
Price: $28.00 for 4 8oz. jars
College kids are notorious disposable-addicts, but you can help your co-ed break the cycle with these reusable food storage containers by Preserve.
The square-shaped containers are great reusable storage alternatives for sandwiches and salads, and the round containers are perfect for pretty much everything else. The best news of all: the screw-on lids won’t pop open in bags or backpacks.
These storage solutions are made from 100 percent post-industrial recycled #5 plastics that can be easily recycled once more through Preserve’s Gimme 5 program. We can think of no better way to transport all those yummy home-cooked leftovers.
Price: $13.99 for a set of 6
Kiss boring school supplies goodbye with smencils and smens by The Smencil Company. As the name suggests, these babies are scented.
They not only provide some much-needed olfactory relief from the patchouli-wearing classmate two seats back, but they’re also made from 100 percent recycled newspaper and corn-based biodegradable plastic.
These fun and funky study-buddies are available in a variety of scents, including peppermint-scented Smart Smencils, which promise increased concentration and higher test scores!
It has finally happened: your little one will be doing his own laundry. When he doesn’t bring it home on weekends, that is.
Help your favorite self-sufficient student wash greener with these PVC-free dryer balls from Nellie’s All Natural. Dryer sheets can only be used once and can sit for years in landfills, but these ingenious balls naturally soften and de-wrinkle clothes without chemical throw-aways.
For that fresh-from-the-dryer scent, check out essential oil fragrance sticks that fit right in the dryer ball and last up to 10 loads. Your co-ed’s clothes will be almost as comfy as when they’re washed at home. Almost.
Price: $24.99 (fragrance sticks sold separately)
Help your favorite caffeine-addict get her fix without the endless paper-trail of disposable cups. This innovative mug by ThinkGeek allows your jolted-up scholar to carry her favorite drink and her memories wherever she goes.
This baby is dishwasher-safe (seriously) and can store and display up to 45 digital photos. Pre-load your timeless family pics and make sure the co-ed in your life never feels far from home.
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