Fair Trade School Supplies

School Supplies that Give Back

By purchasing these ethically-made and fair trade school supplies for your children, you create opportunities for other children to attend school.  Find fair trade pencil bags, ethically-made backpacks, fair trade school fundraisers, teachers gifts that give back and lots more.

(NOTES: This is a shopping guide so prices and availability can change without notice.  If you buy through some of these links, a small amount may come back to help support the mission of Change the World by How You Shop.)

Kid Knits Global Change Is In Your Hands Workbook Curriculum for Teachers.  Teach your students about being world changers while knitting fun hats as a class! #bethechange #teachers #worldchanger https://shop.kidknits.org/products/global-change-is-in-your-hands-kidknits-workbook
Kid Knits

“You’re never too young to change a life on the other side of the world.” They offer a curriculum for kids, Global Change is in Your Hands, which is perfect for teachers, Sunday-School and home school.  Lesson plans are available for download on their website. 

Prices: $3.50

Woven Joy Custom Name Bookmarks. Fair Trade. http://wovenjoy.com/name_bookmark.php
Woven Joy

Woven Joy is “a Fair Trade Federation member, and a faith-based nonprofit organization working with artisans in the Philippines to create, produce and sell some of the world's finest quality handwoven friendship goods.” They sell custom name bookmarks. and name bag clips.

Prices: $12 - $18

Ten Thousand Villages Lunch Bag. Fair Trade. https://www.tenthousandvillages.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=lunch
Ten Thousand Villages

"The original fair trader," started in 1946! They sell cool tin lunch boxes, lunch bags and lunch money coin keepers.  They also offer great teacher gifts. (To find their products in a retail store near you, click here.)

Prices: $5 - $50

The Village Country Store backpack rucksack.
The Village Country Store

Fair trade and fairly made goods from around the globe. They sell sustainably made backpack rucksacks, perfect for school.

(Use the code: ShopWithLeeAnne for 10% off your entire order!)

Price: $70 - $79

Partners for Just Trade Fair Trade Backpack. https://www.partnersforjusttrade.org/shop/educational-school-supplies/
Partners for Just Trade

“Building global partnerships through a just marketplace.”  They sell fair trade backpacks, pencil bags & bookmarks and water bottle carriers.

Prices: $2 - $52

Peace Cycle pencil bag. Ethically made in Haiti from upcycled plastic bags.
PeaceCYCLE

"Changing lives through empowerment, environmental education and employment." They offer eco-friendly pencil bags and painting smocks, created out of up-cycled plastic bags that make beautiful products instead of littering the streets in Haiti.

Prices: $10 - $24

Equal Exchange School Fundraisers. Fair Trade. https://shop.equalexchange.coop/pages/wholesale-schools
Equal Exchange

Their fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate is sourced "directly from small-scale farmers". They offer wholesale and fundraiser options for schools who want to support fair trade.

Worldcrafts pink butterfly backpack. https://www.worldcrafts.org/south-african-satchel
WorldCrafts

WorldCrafts "develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world." They sell an adorable fair trade butterfly backpack and a purple lunch tote, perfect for girls.

Prices: $37 - $40

Grain of Rice Project Bookmarks. Handmade in Kenya with African Proverbs on each one. https://grain-of-rice.myshopify.com/collections/other/products/african-proverb-bookmarks
Grain of Rice Project

“A non-profit ministry, which empowers Kenyan people with the love of Christ by training and selling their handcrafted products.” They sell beautiful African Proverbs bookmarks (these are great for both students and teachers.)

Price: $5

Sari Bari Meye Mini Messenger Bag. Made from upcycled saris. https://saribari.com/collections/mini-meye-messenger
Sari Bari

"Recycled saris are re-imagined and hand-stitched in the kantha style by a woman impacted by human trafficking and the commercial sex trade."  They sell mini messenger bags for back to school, sized perfectly to hold a laptop and available in many color options.

Prices: $40

Serrv catalog front cover. Fair Trade goods from around the world. https://www.serrv.org/category/serrv-and-earn
Serrv

"A nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty." They offer a unique fair trade fundraiser opportunity, which is great for schools because it is simple to set up and run.

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Journals

For more back to school shopping, visit our journals page for:

World Changing Journals, Notebooks & Bookmarks

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Backpacks

To find more backpacks for school, check out our page:

World Changing Backpacks

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Shopping Guide

Return to our

 

Ethical Shopping Guide

 

for lots more shopping categories.

2nd Story Goods slim back pack. Eco-friendly and ethically-made in Haiti out of upcycled materials! https://www.2ndstorygoods.com/apps/omega-search/?q=back+pack#q=back%20pack
2nd Story Goods

Works in a small town in Haiti to provide much needed jobs and hope to their community. They sell eco-friendly backpacks, made from upcycled materials.

Prices: $30 - $75

Fair Trade Caravans logo. Fair trade school fundraisers.
Fair Trade Caravans

Fair Trade Caravans works with schools to set up fair trade fundraisers and provides educational resources to go along with the fundraiser.  

Vi Bella cars backpack.
Vi Bella Jewelry

Their mission is "providing a path out of poverty" for their artisans. They offer beautiful backpacks for kids, handmade in Haiti. 

Prices: $29 - $34

Amani ya Juu shark pencil case. Handmade and fair trade. https://amaniafrica.org/search?q=school
Amani Ya Juu

"A social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women."  They sew cute fair trade backpacks and shark pencil cases for young children and durable school totes for older children.

Price: $8 - $56

Education and More repurposed fair trade backpack, handmand in Guatemala from repurposed skirts.
Education and More

""Strives to reduce poverty in Guatemala by providing educational opportunities for students of all ages." They offer eco-friendly, fair trade drawstring backpacks, made from re-purposed fabric.​

Prices: $14

Trades of Hope Turtle Backpack. https://www.mytradesofhope.com/membertoolsdotnet/shoppingcartv4/ProductDetailv4.aspx?ProductID=18028&CatalogueID=208&MG=27&G1=152&G2=136
Trades of Hope

Sells products made by women whose "story has changed from pain and struggle to a story of hope!" They offer an adorable turtle backpack for kids.

Price: $26

Market Haiti Backpack. Eco-friendly and ethically-made from recycled water bottles. https://markethaiti.com/collections/gifts/products/backpack-recycled-water-bag-design
Market Haiti
Mercy House teacher appreciation fair trade gift box.
Mercy House Shop

"A global marketplace and the beautiful products in this shop are made by women empowered by Mercy House Global." They sell Fair Trade teacher gifts, and pencil bags and beautiful world maps for classroom or home school.

Prices: $3 - $40

Three Avocados coffee tumblers "Blessed" and "Thankful", aqua and hot pink.
Three Avocados

100% of proceeds of their "World Changing Coffee" are donated to provide clean drinking water to those in need around the world. They offer coffee gift boxes and unique coffee tumblers, perfect for teacher gifts.

Prices: $20 - $30

HUGG Mision Market macrame youth bracelets.
HUGG Mission Market

HUGG Mission Market provides a "hand up" instead of a "hand out" to young men transitioning out of orphanages in Haiti. Their HUGGS for Education program allows schools to do fundraisers with bracelets custom made in the school colors.

Papillon Game Day Keychains and Bracelets: Choose Your Favorite Sports Team Color.
Papillon

"Creating jobs for mothers & fathers who don’t want to have to abandon their children to an orphanage because they can’t feed them." They sell bracelets and key chains in popular sports team colors so you can show school spirit.  They also offer bulk discounts for school fundraisers.

Prices: $8 - $12

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College Students

To find school supplies for college students, check out our

 

College Gift Guide

 

 

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Lunches

For yet more back to school shopping, go to:

Ethical Lunch Boxes and Water Bottles

Shop With a Mission fair trade pencil case. Embroidered in Cambodia
Shop With a Mission

On a mission “to equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their handiwork and creativity." They sell gorgeous fair trade pencil cases (my little girl loves her elephant pencil case!), woven notebooks and backpacks.

Prices: $5 - $100

Mayan Hands fair trade crocheted water bottle holder. https://www.mayanhands.org/collections/small-accessories
Mayan Hands

"A fair trade nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Mayan women in their quest to bring their families out of extreme poverty." They sell fair trade water bottle holders, notebook portfolios, lanyards, pencil cases and eyeglass straps.  They also offer fair trade school fundraisers.

Prices: $5 - $30

MudLOVE custom tumbler pencil holder for teachers.
MudLOVE

Handcrafts beautiful pottery in Indiana.  Each purchase provides one week of clean water to someone in need through Water for Good.  They offer Custom Mugs, perfect to personalize for your child's teacher and also school fundraisers

using their cool custom bracelets.

Price: $14 - $28

Freedom's Promise lunch bags. Fair Trade and eco-friendly, made from recycled rice bags. http://www.freedomspromise.org/product-category/rice-bags/
Freedom's Promise

"A faith-based, nonprofit organization that partners with indigenous Cambodian groups to prevent human trafficking and child exploitation by transforming communities." They sell durable, eco-friendly library book bags and lunch bags "uniquely handcrafted from recycled rice bags."

Prices: $12 - $15

Hope Outfitters lanyard. Ethically made Christian apparel that gives back 100% to charity. https://www.hopeoutfitters.com/collections/shop-him/Accessories
Hope Outfitters

Ethically-made Christian apparel. 100% of the profits give back to charity. They also offer water bottles and lanyards.

Prices: $10 - $25

Goex ethically-made custom t-shirts. https://goex.org/custom/
Goex

“Devotes all profits to care for orphaned and vulnerable children" through The Global Orphan Project.  They offer ethically-made group custom printed t-shirts, perfect for school events and sports teams.

Prices: Varies

Give a Damn Goods sustainable water bottle. https://giveadamngoods.com/collections/shop-sustainable-activewear-accessories
Give a Damn Goods

“Focuses on affordable goods that make a difference.” They offer sustainable water bottles, made from 100% sugar cane, which are free from toxins and dishwasher safe.

Price: $35

Eternal Threads pencil roll bag. Fair trade and handcrafted.
Eternal Threads

“'Weaving hope and justice' to improve the lives of women and children who are at risk from extreme poverty and trafficking." They sell fair trade pencil bags and beautiful 

handcrafted bookmarks. (I love giving their pressed flower bookmarks as student gifts.)

Prices: $2 - $20

Gifts With a Cause Notepaper Box. Fair Trade. https://www.giftswithacause.com/searchresults.asp?Search=paper
Gifts With a Cause

Their mission is "to provide sustainable income to artisans in developing countries."  They offer beautiful up-cycled fair trade note boxes and journals, which would make awesome teachers gifts.  Each item comes with the artisan's picture and story.

Prices: $16

Bought Beautifully Children's Clutch with Whale.
Bought Beautifully

“Purchase a product--transform a life.” They sell cute clutches for children that will hold pencils or art supplies for school.

Prices: $17

Teacher Gifts that Give Back.
Teachers

For teacher gifts and teacher classroom supplies, check out our

Teacher Gift Guide

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School Clothes

If you are shopping for new clothes for school, check out our page:

Ethical Kids Fashion

to get started.

Ethical School Supplies Shopping Guide. www.changetheworldbyhowyoushop.com/school
Still Looking?

If you still have not found what you are looking for, keep scrolling down for yet more brands offering ethical school supplies and school clothes.

STILL LOOKING?

For ethical school clothes, check out:

Primary 

(Ethically-made kids' polo shirts, jumpers, tees, pants, socks and more in primary colors.)

SparkFire

(Sustainable athletic wear for girls that supports education.)

TOMS

(Buy-one-give-one shoes for kids.)​

For more ethical school supplies, check out:

Yoobi

(Buy-one-give-one school supplies.)

Mokuyobi

(Colorful school backpacks for kids, made in the USA.)

Red Oxx

(Durable school backpacks made in Montana, designed to last from K - 12!)

Rareform

(Backpacks made from repurposed billboards.)

Garnet Hill

(Eco kids backpacks.)

Bixbee

(Children's backpacks that give back.)

State Bags

(Kids backpacks that give back.)

Fjall Raven

(Ethically-made school backpacks.)

Going Zero Waste's:

 "Ultimate List of Zero Waste School Supplies."

Fair Trade School Supplies & School Supplies that Give Back: A Shopping Guide

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