Green ABCs launches green line of school supply kits

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Green ABCs launches an eco-friendly line of school supplies just in time for back-to-school with trusted top brands and innovative new products. Green ABCs provides high-quality school supplies that are all made with recycled materials, renewable recources or innovations in biodegradability.

"A few years ago when buying back to school supplies for my son, I sought out green products and was surprised that I couldn't find them," said Beth Davies, co-Founder and CEO of Green ABCs™. "We are excited to launch Green ABCs and our full range of affordable eco-friendly school supplies that offer consumers green choices and our Green ABCs™ kits for a convenient one-stop-shop ordering and delivery experience."

Increasingly, a gap is widening between classroom supply needs and the lack of funding provided from school budgets. Parents, teachers and Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) are making up this difference in school supplies, which is estimated to be more than $5.6 Billion this fall. Parents are spending almost $4 Billion[1] or an average of $100 a student with teachers adding another $1.6 Billion[2] of their own money for the school supplies necessary for classrooms across the US.

Sadly, a very low percentage of these school supplies are eco-friendly and a staggering amount of natural resources are used each year to make the non-green products, with trees taking the brunt of the adverse impact. It is estimated that schools spend almost $2 Billion annually across the US on paper alone with the average class using between 30,000 and 50,000 sheets each – or the equivalent of 5 trees per classroom a year[3]. As for pencils, the 53 Million school-aged children in the US use enough pencils to require the harvesting of 7,800 trees each year[4].

"Our mission is to inspire a green revolution in our schools," added Davies, CEO of Green ABCs. "Beyond the positive impacts of choosing green school supplies, we have an opportunity to teach children about sustainability in the products they use every day."

Green ABCs kits were designed in collaboration with parents and teachers to provide a year's worth of green school supplies in a convenient one-stop-shop process. Kits come in standard versions and are available in custom options for individual schools and classrooms. Fundraising and donation opportunities are available and Green ABCs provides complimentary environmental education materials.

[1] National Retail Federation - https://nrf.com/media/media-resources/back-school-headquarters - Source: Prosper Insights & Analytics, Monthly Consumer Survey, JUL-14 - https://nrf.com/sites/default/files/BTS%207-09-14%20press.pdf

[2] National School Supplies and Equipment Association - http://www.edmarket.org/ - "2013 NISSEA Market Awareness Study"

[3] The Reflective Educator - http://davidwees.com/content/paper-use-schools "Paper use in Schools"

[4] Green Seal - https://www.wbdg.org/ccb/GREEN/REPORTS/cgrofficesupplies.pdf "Choose Green - Office Supplies"