Ever since my eldest daughter could hold a crayon (without eating it), she’s been a crafter. Colouring, stickering, cutting, glueing – she does it all and loves it all. So, of course I’m always on the hunt for the most eco-friendly craft supplies I can find.
You’d think it would be easy – after all, most kid’s craft supplies are non-toxic. But just because something is non-toxic to humans doesn’t mean it’s environmentally friendly.
I’ve rounded up a few of the greenest craft supplies I could find.
All of these products are made from natural materials or recycled content or both. Let the crafting begin!
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This all-natural craft paint is handmade from sugar glucose powder, calcium carbonate and natural earth pigments. Just add water and you’re good to go!
Not only are these bamboo paint brushes made from one of the most sustainable products on earth, but there bristles are made from a cruelty-free synthetic fibre.
Of course, finding markers that are washable are a must. But don’t think because they’re washable it means they’re green. These eco-friendly washable markers are made from environmentally friendly materials and meet EU safety standards.
This plant-based glue stick is made without the use of solvents and is packaged in 100% recycled plastic.
Strangely, it took a lot of digging to find eco-friendly craft paper. Then I came across this construction paper made from 100% recycled fibre and it seemed so simple. Acid-free, fade-resistant and available in every colour of the rainbow.
I’ve been looking for child-sized scissors made from either natural or recycled materials for awhile now and was super excited (too excited?) when I came across these recycled scissors. I like that they have two kinds – blunt tip for younger children and pointed tip for older.
We bought this reusable sticker set for our daughter when she was 18 months old and she still plays with it when we bring it out. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if it’s made out of environmentally friendly materials, but I am sure that stickers you can use over and over again are far more sustainable than the regular one-use kind.
Did you know regular crayons are made from paraffin wax, which is derived from petroleum? Considering paraffin wax can take decades to decompose, biodegradable soy crayons are probably a better choice.
These wood pencil crayons come in a plain brown box, meaning no extra colours or dyes added. Plus, kids can decorate the box themselves. Fun!
I also have to throw in this super cool paper bead kit. With it, you can turn scrap pieces of paper into beads. I know what my daughter is getting for her next birthday!
Do you own any super awesome eco-friendly craft supplies? Let’s chat in the comments about glue and paper and stuff.
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Posted on January 30, 2018 (Last Updated on December 23, 2018)
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