It’s time to shop for back to school, but you want to be environmentally friendly and eco-conscious about it. Here are some Northwest companies doing their best to make back to school fun for kids, and easy on the environment.

Miir Water Bottles

Miir, a Seattle company, makes their lids with BPA-free polypropylene #5 plastic. And every bottle is 100% recyclable, made of stainless steel. Plus, your kids can personalize their bottles with one of many uber cool Miir bottle skins. And the best part, one dollar of each MiiR bottle purchased provides one person with clean water for an entire year. The full $1 donation, all 100 pennies, go directly to those in need.

Goodbyn Lunchboxes

The company Goodbyn was started in Seattle and outside Chicago. They have come up with their new eco-friendly “Goodbyn Ecosystem”, an a la carte waste-free lunch system designed for versatility. Pack any way you want, mix & match containers, and keep them cool and carry with Goodbyn ice packs and insulated bags.

Each Bynto container’s interior is labeled by volume and marked at the half-way and full lines for easy portion control. Multi-compartments make packing easier. No more, wasteful baggies or multiple parts to keep track of. The colors are fun, kid friendly and the insulated bags have cool designs and kid friendly characters. You can find Goodbyn online or at participating Whole Foods Markets.

Stubby Pencil Studio

This Tigard, Oregon online company offers eco-friendly art materials and school supplies like soy crayons, recycled stationery, greeting cards and sketchbooks, pencil pouches, colored pencils, classic games, educational books, craft kits, party favors and many other creative products that kids will love.

Unique Plus
219 Kirkland Ave., Suite 101
Kirkland, WA 98033

Locally owned and operated, Unique Plus is a children’s shop focused on offering organic and eco-friendly products that are natural, non-toxic and safe for kids. Here you’ll find backpacks, clothing and shoes for kids up to age 8. Toxic-free and fun styles that your elementary school kids will love.


This Kent, WA based company with locations all over Puget Sound has several options for coats and gear to get your kids through the wet Seattle winters. REI brand jackets use recycled PET polyester, and their REI Eco Made crew socks use recycled PET for wicking and quick-drying on damp days.


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