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    Preventing School Supply Waste

    Wisdom Supply Co. partners with schools to set an example for students:

    Conscious Citizenship + Stewardship over Thoughtless Consumption

    Why our products?

    We offer a full range of waste-free school + office supplies.
    Below are brief notes on why we sought alternatives for certain supplies:

    Binders

    Our 1/2", 1" and 1 1/2" Binders have removable/replaceable/recyclable covers - Nothing goes to landfill

    Spirals

    We don't offer any, because they're all landfill.

    In place of spiral-bound subject notebooks, we recommend using:
      1/2" Binder (stiff paperboard cover)
      Binder Tab Dividers
      Binder Pockets

    Weekly Planners

    Because all others are spiral-bound, we had our own Student Planners printed.

      100% Recycled + 100% Recyclable
      Planners can be dated or undated
      *Purchasing undated planners is least wasteful, as they don't "expire"

    Comp books

    Our Comp Books are Recycled, and made in the U.S.
    We talk schools into buying LESS of these because we see so many at the end of the school year that have 3/4 of the pages still blank.

    Pencil Tins

    Plastic pencil boxes and nylon pouches are all landfill

      Our Aluminum Tin is endlessly recyclable
      We added a 100% Wool Liner that keeps tin contents quiet
      (liner is compostable)

    Pens/ Pencil Products

    Our Pencils are sustainably forested unpainted cedar, so shavings can be composted

    We carry Refillable Stainless Steel Pens. We propose that students be allowed to turn in empty ink cartridges to the school, for a free or discounted refill.

    Wisdom Supply Co. will take back empty ink cartridges for a discount on future refill orders.

    In addition, we propose a "pen drive" where every family sends in all of their excess pens (seems every family has at least a handfull). Students use those before purchasing new pens.

    Erasers

    Ours are Natural Rubber Erasers rather than plastic, vinyl, or latex

    Dry Erase

    Disposable dry erase markers contribute TONS of plastic pollution to the environment.
    We use (and love) both Auspen and Stabilo markers - depends on the needs of the school.

    Aupsen is a refillable dry erase system, while the Stabilo are wax markers that are wiped off the board with a damp cloth

    Dry Erase Erasers: All on the market are polyester, so we designed one that is 100% Wool Felt and compostable

    Filler Paper

    We carry a BioBased brand that is 30% Sugarcane + 70%PCW

    Markers/ highlighters

    We don't believe in plastic marker recycling schemes - They are misleading and unsustainable.

    We recommend colored pencils, wax peel markers + Stabilo wax markers.

    BIG fans of using the Wax Peel Highlighters, or for younger kids, the yellow Stabilo. Both work perfectly to highlight text in bright yellow, so there is no need for plastic highlighters ever again.

    how we work with schools

    stock the whole school

                         * Bay Area only at this time.

    The school, parents, or a combination of the two cover the cost of supplies.

    + The cost of supplies is split evenly between *85% of families (varies by school), which covers 15% of families that may not be able to contribute.
    All students, regardless of income, have the same high-quality, zero-waste school supplies.
    + School decides when to collect contributions from parents but ideally contributions are made before the end of the school year prior to stocking. (Most families are hard to reach during the summer).
    Supplies arrive before the first day of school free of plastic packaging.

    Kits + Crowdfunding

    Any teacher can create a custom Zero Waste Back to School Kit on our website and share it with their students/families.
    Zero-Waste should be an option.
    Like a B2S Shopping List: Teachers create and send kits to families before students leave for summer/ well before the beginning of the following academic year.
    Supplies ship to homes in 5-7 business days.

    Anyone can use our site to crowdfund a program for their school.

    + Switch classrooms to zero-waste Dry Erase.
    + Fund Wall Mounted Pencil Sharpeners + sustainable supplies.
    + Custom Crowdfunding programs coming soon.

    Takes a handful of parents to kick in a nominal amount each, to help a school make big changes in reducing their waste.
    Program crowdfunding can take place anytime of year.

    Hybrid Program

    + Shared supplies are shipped to the school.
    + Personal supplies are shipped to the student's home.

    Families receive a link (from their teacher) to a custom/private page on the Wisdom Supply Co website

    + Families are asked to pay into a shared-supplies fund (pencils/paper/art supplies). Supplies are delivered to the school and kept in the classroom.
    + Families are given the choice of purchasing the rest of the teacher-recommended supplies (binders, notebooks, pencil tin etc) via the Wisdom Supply Co website - these items are pre-selected and can be added to or deleted so students have the option to reuse what they already have, or they can decide to purchase their supplies elsewhere.

    Payment methods

    school

    Payment methods can be customizable based on how the school wants to cover supplies: schools can cover the cost of all supplies or just a portion.  

    parents

    Parents can pay into shared supplies and have the option to purchase additional supplies to be sent to homes based on the specific needs of each school. For whole school stocking programs cost of supplies is divided amongst 85% of families. Assuming 15% may not be able to contribute.
    All students, regardless of income, have the same high-quality, zero-waste school supplies.
     

    parents + school

    We know every school is different - we can split the cost of supplies any which way between parent payments and the school.


    EXAMPLE HYBRID PROGRAM

    how much will it cost?

    Our programs are completely customizable and we can work with you to make sure we're in line with what you're comfortable asking parents to contribute.
    Here's what it will look like per student for each grade based on our recommendations:

    example Elementary School

    Wisdom

    Kindergarten: $23

    1st Grade: $29

    2nd Grade: $34

    3rd Grade: $35

    4th Grade: $54

    5th Grade: $74

    example Middle School

    Wisdom

    6th Grade: $105

    7th Grade: $113

    8th Grade: $113

    what supplies will be provided?

    Kindergarten example


    Shared in the classroom:
    Jumbo Pencils
    Natural Rubber Erasers
    Folders
    Stabilo Markers (6 Colors *more colors available upon request)
    2 Stabilo Sharpeners
    Bulk Reams Bio-Based Filler Paper
    Recycled Construction Paper (Packs of 50 Sheets)
    Crayola Classpack 800 Crayons

    1st Grade example


    Shared in the classroom:
    Jumbo Pencils
    Natural Rubber Erasers
    Folders
    Color Pencils (Boxes of 12)
    Stabilo Markers (6 Colors *more colors available upon request)
    10 Stabilo Highlighters
    2 Stabilo Sharpeners
    Bulk Reams of Bio-Based Filler Paper
    Recycled Construction Paper (Packs of 50 Sheets)
    Crayola Classpack 800 Crayons

    2nd Grade example


    Shared in the classroom:
    Color Pencils (Boxes of 12)
    Natural Rubber Erasers
    Folders
    Unpainted Sustainably Forested #2 Pencils (Boxes of 144)
    Stabilo Markers (6 Colors *more colors available upon request)
    Stabilo Highlighters
    2 Stabilo Sharpeners
    Bulk Reams of Bio-Based Filler Paper
    Recycled Construction Paper (Packs of 50 Sheets)
    Crayola Classpack 800 Crayons

    3rd Grade example


    Shared in the classroom:
    Color Pencils (Boxes of 12)
    Natural Rubber Erasers
    Folders
    Unpainted Sustainably Forested #2 Pencils (Boxes of 144)
    Stabilo Markers (6 Colors *more colors available upon request)
    Stabilo Highlighters
    2 Stabilo Sharpeners
    Bulk Reams of Bio-Based Filler Paper
    Crayola Classpack 800 Crayons
    Recycled Construction Paper (Packs of 50 Sheets)
    Poster Boards 28 x 22" (Packs of 25 Boards)

    4th Grade example


    Per Student / Optional Purchase sent to homes:
    Recycled Lined Composition Book
    Pencil Tin + Husher
    Metal Pencil Sharpener
    Box/ 12 Sustainably Forested #2 Pencils
    Set of Colored Pencils
    Natural Rubber Erasers
    Folders
    100 Recycled Index Cards
     
    Shared in the classroom:
    Unpainted Sustainably Forested #2 Pencils (Boxes of 144)
    Stabilo Markers (6 Colors *more colors available upon request)
    Stabilo Highlighters
    2 Stabilo Sharpeners
    Bulk Reams of Bio-Based Filler Paper
    Recycled Construction Paper (Packs of 50 Sheets)
    Poster Boards 28 x 22" (Packs of 25 Boards)

    5th Grade example


    Per Student / Optional Purchase sent to homes:
    1" Binder + 5 Tab Dividers + Slash Pocket
    Recycled Lined Composition Book
    Recycled Graphing Composition Book
    Set of Colored Pencils
    Box/ 12 Sustainably Forested #2 Pencils
    Pencil Tin + Husher
    Metal Pencil Sharpener
    Natural Rubber Erasers
    Folders per student
    Pack of 100 Recycled Index Cards
     
    Shared in the classroom:
    Unpainted Sustainably Forested #2 Pencils (Boxes of 144)
    Stabilo Markers (6 Colors *more colors available upon request)
    Stabilo Highlighters
    2 Stabilo Sharpeners
    Bulk Reams of Bio-Based Filler Paper
    Recycled Construction Paper (Packs of 50 Sheets)
    Poster Boards 28 x 22" (Packs of 25 Boards)

    6th Grade example


    Per Student / Optional Purchase sent to homes:
    Recycled/ Recyclable Student Weekly Planner
    1" Binder Color Spine with 5 Tab Dividers + Slash Pocket
    1" Standard Binder with 5 Tab Dividers + Slash Pocket
    1/2" Standard Binder with 5 Tab Dividers + Slash Pocket
    100 Sheets of Bio-Based Filler Paper
    Recycled Lined Composition Book
    Recycled Graphing Composition Book
    Set of Colored Pencils
    Box/12 Sustainably Forested #2 Pencils
    Pencil Tin + Husher
    Plastic-Free Highlighters
    Metal Pencil Sharpener
    Natural Rubber Erasers
    Folders per student
    Pack of 100 Recycled Index Cards
    Locker Lock
     
    Shared in the classroom:
    Unpainted Sustainably Forested #2 Pencils (Boxes of 144)
    Wax Peel Markers (Boxes of 12)
    Stabilo Highlighters
    2 Stabilo Sharpeners
    Bulk Reams of Bio-Based Filler Paper
    Recycled Construction Paper (Packs of 50 Sheets)
    Poster Boards 28 x 22" (Packs of 25 Boards)
    Tri-Fold Presentation Boards (Packs of 24 Boards)

    7th Grade example


    Per Student / Optional Purchase sent to homes:
    Recycled/ Recyclable Student Weekly Planner
    1" Binder Color Spine with 5 Tab Dividers + Slash Pocket
    1" Standard Binder with 5 Tab Dividers + Slash Pocket
    1/2" Standard Binder with 5 Tab Dividers + Slash Pocket
    100 Sheets of Bio-Based Filler Paper
    Recycled Lined Composition Books
    Recycled Graphing Composition Books
    Recycled Notebooks 3-Hole Perforated
    Set of Colored Pencils
    Box/12 Sustainably Forested #2 Pencils
    Pencil Tin + Husher
    Plastic-Free Highlighters
    Metal Pencil Sharpener
    Natural Rubber Erasers
    Folders per student
    Pack of 100 Recycled Index Cards
    Locker Lock
     
    Shared in the classroom:
    Unpainted Sustainably Forested #2 Pencils (Boxes of 144)
    Wax Peel Markers (Boxes of 12)
    Stabilo Highlighters
    2 Stabilo Sharpeners
    Bulk Reams of Bio-Based Filler Paper
    Recycled Construction Paper (Packs of 50 Sheets)
    Poster Boards 28 x 22" (Packs of 25 Boards)
    Tri-Fold Presentation Boards (Packs of 24 Boards)

     

    8th Grade example


    Per Student / Optional Purchase sent to homes:
    1 Recycled/ Recyclable Student Weekly Planner
    1" Binder Color Spine with 5 Tab Dividers + Slash Pocket
    1" Standard Binder with 5 Tab Dividers + Slash Pocket
    1/2" Standard Binder with 5 Tab Dividers + Slash Pocket
    100 Sheets of Bio-Based Filler Paper
    Recycled Lined Composition Books
    Recycled Graphing Composition Books
    Recycled Notebooks 3-Hole Perforated
    Set of Colored Pencils
    Box/12 Sustainably Forested #2 Pencils
    Pencil Tin + Husher
    Plastic-Free Highlighters
    Metal Pencil Sharpener
    Natural Rubber Erasers
    Folders per student
    100 Recycled Index Cards
    Locker Lock
     
    Shared in the classroom:
    Unpainted Sustainably Forested #2 Pencils (Boxes of 144)
    Wax Peel Markers (Boxes of 12)
    Stabilo Highlighters
    2 Stabilo Sharpeners
    Bulk Reams of Bio-Based Filler Paper
    Recycled Construction Paper (Packs of 50)
    Poster Boards 28 x 22" (Packs of 25)
    Tri-Fold Presentation Boards (Packs of 24)

    How are the supplies broken out?

    Elementary School

    For elementary school most supplies are delivered to the school and shared in the classroom. It's up to the school to decide what is stocked in each classroom.

    Some supplies are individual to each student. These supplies are sent to homes:  
    4th Grade:
    1 Recycled Lined Composition Book
    1 Pencil Tin + Husher
    1 Metal Pencil Sharpener
    1 Box/ 12 Pencils

    5th Grade:
    1" Standard Binder with 5 Tab Dividers + Slash Pocket
    1 Recycled Lined Composition Book
    1 Recycled Graphing Composition Book
    1 Pencil Tin + Husher
    1 Metal Pencil Sharpener
    1 Box/ 12 Pencils

    *the school can choose to issue these supplies to students

    Middle School

    Supplies sent to homes:
    6th Grade / 7th Grade / 8th Grade:
    Binders with 5 Tab Dividers + Slash Pockets
    100 Sheets Binder Paper
    Composition + Notebooks Books
    1 Pencil Tin + Husher
    1 Metal Pencil Sharpener
    1 Box/ 12 Pencils

    All other supplies are shared in the classroom. It's up to the school how many of each product in classrooms

    How are supplies paid for?

    parents

    Parents pay for the total amount of supplies sent to homes. These supplies are optional. Items on this list can be added or removed based on the specific needs of each student.
     
    For shared supplies: the cost of supplies is divided by 85% of the number of families. (Assuming that 15% won't want to or cannot participate). *Supplies are available to all students; Nobody knows who paid in and who didn't.

    If the total is met, supplies are delivered before the first day of school. If the total is not met, families are refunded in full and will shop for their own supplies independently.

    school

    The school can choose to cover the total amount of supplies or just a portion. Our programs are highly customizable + flexible.

    parents + school

    The cost of supplies can be split amongst the school and parents in any way.

    How much waste could be prevented?

    *These estimates are based on our Example Hybrid Program for a made up school:
    280 students total for K-8.
    Waste prevention estimates are based on the weight of wasteful products that are replaced.
    Lbs of waste prevented is different for every school and is dependent on what products are supplied.

    Per student

    4 - 6 lbs. Per Student

    whole school

    1,276 lbs. 280 Students K-8

    READY TO CUSTOMIZE A PROGRAM FOR YOUR SCHOOL?

    Contact Us for Pricing Sheet
    info@wisdomsupplyco.com

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