I was at the Dollarstore the other day and as always my eyes were scanning and searching for green items. I have never hip checked a kid before, but that tween stood between me and my eco-friendly future! She was blocking the Envirosticks! I want it!Luckily she moved on before there was a confrontation….
Envirosticks, they must be green!! Ohhh, something I will use, is super cheap and it looks eco friendly! This a perfectly guilt free purchase! Sigh, what every shopaholic/ecoholic dreams about. Why get so worked up about pencils? That’s just who I am.
Anyway upon closer inspection on their website I decided to grade them and see if they are really a good eco buy or not.
- made from sustainably grown forests
- uses non toxic ink to put print on pencils
- when it gets down to the nubby bit, you can recycle the little metal piece and compost the eraser
- They are also great to write with, and with my son in grade 1 now we use pencils ALOT
- While they use sustainable forests, why cut down any trees at all when you can make pencils out of recycled materials, like O’BON.
- They are also pretty boring to look at, next time I’m looking to but some eco pencils, I think I’ll spice it up a little with these super cute designs, also from O’BON.
- The package is mainly plastic, why would you bother to make a recyclable pencil with a package that ends up in the trash?
So Envirosticks turned out to be a decent eco buy for the dollarstore, but if I was paying full price I would choose a recycled alternative.
While I was at the dollarstore, I also found some bamboo elastics. While I really did know better, that bamboo production for textile like things is not that eco friendly, I was on a roll and bought them anyway. I always need elastics for my little girls’ hair and at least the package was made from recycled material! I have not come across any other eco friendly hair elastics, so if you know of someone who sells them let me know!