US Made School Supplies

The National Retail Federation’s annual survey estimates that the average family with students in kindergarten through to 12th grade will spend about $630.00 on school supplies, electronics and clothes for back to school.  Of that figure, families will spend an average of $97.74 on school supplies such as notebooks, folders, pencils, backpacks and lunch boxes.

School Pencils-carbon-crusader - CopyCustom Pencils by Carbon Crusader. The majority of custom engraved pencils are made in China. And, they are processed by companies that do not allow free speech. Yvy wanted her customers to create humorous products, and to say what the wanted on quality U.S. made goods available in a variety of colors. And, a place where left-handed people could get pencils engraved that they could read, too (she’s a lefty, BTW).

general pencils - CopyColored pencils made by General Pencil Company dates back to 1889, and the family owned business still produces its art materials in New Jersey using cedar wood from California. Made in the USA ($11.59 for 12; amazon.com

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Crayon Rocks. Thanks to a unique pebble shape made especially for small hands, Crayon Rocks help develop kids’ fine-motor skills ($8.50 for 16; via amazon.com). Crayon Rocks invented by Barbara Lee, a special needs teacher who worked with elementary aged children for 23 years. She invented Crayon Rocks after being inspired by occupational therapist Jan Olsen and her Handwriting Without Tears program. She learned from Mrs. Olsen how important it was for children to develop a strong tripod grip early in their education process; handwriting skills depend upon this. Seeing that a simple tool to develop these skills in young children wasn’t readily available, Ms. Lee set out to develop one. They first made Crayon Rocks in a garage in La Crescenta, California, mixing the colors in small batches and forming them in hand-made molds. Since then they’ve upgraded their digs a bit…to a barn, that was hand-built by their Amish neighbors, on a hilltop in Hestand, Kentucky.

Outback Decomp BookOutback | Decomposition NoteBooks | Lined Pages | Part Number 44183. DESCRIPTION: This line of school notebooks feature intriguing cover designs and some eco-friendly attributes, such as 100% post-consumer-waste recycled pages, and soy ink printing, which has fewer VOCs (volatile organic compounds) than regular, petroleum-based ink. It’s also easier to recycle.  80 Sheets (160 Pages) College-Ruled, 100% Post-Consumer Waste Paper. Product dimensions: 7.5″ x 9.75″

Decomp BookKittens in Space | Coilbound Decomposition NoteBook | Ruled Pages. Part Number 16280. DESCRIPTION: Coil bound Decomposition Books that use a wire binding instead of the sewn binding of the traditional Decomposition Books.  They feature the same 100% post-consumer-waste recycled paper inside and the same soy ink printing on the cover.  The pages (80 sheets) are micro-perforated and removable. Books are 7.5″ wide by 9.75″ high. Easily fits in the Decomp spinner.

Bicycle Paper Clips. Set of 4, SKU#  446626. Mark your spot or organize a stack of papers with these bright World Market bicycle clips.  ( 4 @ $5.99 ; worldmarket.com).

duluth-pac - CopyBackpack. Duluth Pack’s classic bookbag—available in 15 colors, from tangerine to navy blue—comes with a built-in laptop sleeve ($140; amazon.com)

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