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Eco Friendly Art Supplies

By The Arty Teacher - April 22, 2023

How green is your art department? Are you looking for Eco friendly art supplies? Do you consider the impact the materials you are using and the packaging are having on the environment?

It’s my experience that art teachers tend to really care about the environment and the impact their actions are having on climate change.

The pencils below all feature a triangular-shaped body that is produced using sustainably sourced soft white linden wood. Sustainable wood is wood that does not have a detrimental effect on the environment. It generally comes from a renewable source where trees can be felled and replanted with little knock-on effect to local wildlife, eco-systems and the environment in general. They come in sustainable packaging made from recycled pulp and unlaminated card.

Recyled wood pencils.
Graphite Pencils
Green Art Supplies
Coloured Pencils
Eco Friendly Art Supplies
Watercolour Pencils

The gummed tape at Dryad Education is from a sustainable source and is 100% biodegradable and 100% recyclable.

Sugar paper, also known as construction paper, isn’t always recycled. The sugar paper below is made from recycled pulp. Good to know.

Green Art Supplies
Gummed Tape
Eco Friendly Art Supplies
Recycled Sugar Paper

Willow withies are the perfect sustainable material as it is harvested each year simply by cutting the withies from the shrub right down to the ground. Next year new withies regrow. The willow beds also create a great habitat for wildlife. Perfect!

Sari ribbon is strips of recycled sari. Suitable for weaving, embellishments and surface decoration, it adds instant texture and colour to your piece of work. You can buy multicoloured packs and packs of specific colours. Each bundle is unique

How to run a more green art department.
Willow Withies
Eco Friendly Art Supplies
Sari Ribbon

Wouldn’t it be great if all the paper we used in our departments was recycled? At least you can choose to do your bit. The white paper and black card below are both recycled. Make sure you test your media on the recycled white paper before using it with a class, as it is more absorbent than other types of drawing paper.

Green Art Supplies
Recycled Paper
Eco Friendly Art Supplies
Recycled Black Card

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The Arty Teacher Ltd has a partnership with Dryad Education.  Should you purchase a product when you follow a link, The Arty Teacher Ltd would earn a commission at no extra cost to you.

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Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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