Are 3-ring binders on your school supply list? We didn't have to start buying them until our oldest son hit middle school. Last year I tried to go the "green" route by buying a PVC-free binder. However it was still plastic-covered cardboard and it ended up ripping and falling apart only a month or two into the year. After that I picked up a standard (probably PVC laden) binder and that made it through the rest of the year - although it was looking pretty sad by then.
This year I've got something new to try: Naked Binder sent us samples of their eco-friendly binders. Here are my thoughts so far:
- 100% recycled board made from 100% post-consumer waste
- 100% recyclable, including metal
- Made to last - hinge tested to 250,000 flexes
- Made in the USA
- Member of 1% for the Planet
We received samples of the Project Binder to test out. I love the brightly colored spine wrap (made with 100% cotton) and the rounded edges. If you prefer plain, stick with the original Naked Binder design.
Admittedly, we have not seen these binders in action yet. My son went off with 3 of them today on his first day of school. I can tell you though that they appear to be quite durable. The cardboard is very thick and super hard. I am pretty confident they will hold up to seventh grade!
At $7 to $10 each, Naked Binders are more expensive than traditional plastic binders but if they hold up they way I've heard they do, I have no issues with paying more for a much, much better product!
As far as I can tell, Naked Binders are only available online. If I could find them locally, I would be more likely to purchase them in the future.
What are your favorite eco-friendly school supplies?
(Disclosure: I was sent free samples of Naked Binder products in exchange for my honest opinion.)