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Back To School Kit by Sustainable Group: Review


By Tania Reuben

Looking for the ultimate in sustainable back to school supplies? Look no further than The Sustainable Group’s Back to School Kit.

They offer a Green Back to School Kit for $39.99 (shipping included) that contains:
(1) 1.5” ReBinder recycled 3 ring binder
(2) ReBinder replacement covers
(6) RePouch recycled slash pocket dividers
(6) RePocket eco-friendly pocket folders
(2) ReWrite 8×10 recycled notebooks with lined paper
(2) ReWrite 8×10 recycled notebooks with graph paper
(2) ReWrite 5×8 Recycled notebooks with blank paper
(3) ReMark eco-pens
(6) ReSleeve recycled CD sleeves
(3) RePlay recycled CD cases

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Not having school aged children myself, I enlisted a few people look it over. A mother of two high school girls, a seventeen year old boy (senior), a twelve year old boy and a school teacher.

The kids all loved the covers – they thought it would be fun to customize the look of their binders with drawings & doodles. Even the toughest audience – the high school senior though it was “cool”. They were all excited to learn why this was a better product for the environment too.

The twelve year old liked that the binder dividers were angled, so contents placed in the folders would stay put.

The teacher and the mother were concerned about how the binder (ReBinder as they call it) would hold up to the rigors of school life. So I investigated further and found out the ReBinder is made with chipboard that is 100 points thick 25-40% thicker than standard Binders on the market as a result you can expect it to be more durable.

When the ReBinder eventually succumbs to the wear and tear your student puts it through, don’t despair. There are 2 replacement covers, unscrew the old one, put the new one on, and you have a brand new binder. When you use up the covers in your kit, you can order more.

When the covers are done, they aren’t only recyclable, they’re compostable too! It is difficult to recycle conventional binders at all – due to how difficult in is to separate the rivets and vinyl from the chipboard and you certainly can’t put them in the compost.

When doing a cost comparison between this Back to School kit and other supplies, be sure to remember that with the covers it’s as if you are getting 3 binders, not 1.

The Sustainable group is based in Seattle and ReBinder’s are assembled by a disabled work force.

How green are they? The ReBinder, Dividers, Folders, CD cases are 100% Recycled fibers. They are also FSC certified. This is a company that is doing their best to be part of the solution and they have a great line of eco friendly products to go with their mission. The Sustainable Group has been an innovator in sustainable office supplies since 2003 and their products are used by companies like MTV, NIKE and Home Depot.

Now that you’ve read all about their great Back To School Kit, I’m sure you’d like one! The Sustainable Group has agreed to give one lucky PND reader!

GiveAway

HOW TO ENTER:

There are a few ways you can enter, leave separate comments for each entry.

Mandatory:

Become a Confirmed Email Subscriber to PND.
- Confirm the email in your Inbox – check junk mail folder.
- Already a confirmed Subscriber. Leave a comment letting me know you’re subscriber and would like to enter.

Additional Entries

1. Go to www.sustainablegroup.net – find a cool fact about their company and their green efforts and share it in a separate comment.

2. Stumble your favorite Pure Natural Diva post. Leave a comment with your name and the article you stumbled.

3. Follow @purenaturaldiva and @rebinder on twitter (use link on the sidebar). Leave your twittername in a separate comment.

4. Become a Fan of Pure Natural Diva on Facebook, already a fan – post this giveaway as an update, leave your FB Name or Name with a copy of your update in a separate comment.

5. Tweet this giveaway. Copy and paste – @PureNaturalDiva – Green Back to school Giveaway – $40 Eco Friendly back to school kit – http://bit.ly/37P7Zr. Then come back and leave the direct link to your tweet (go to your twitter account, click on the words when your tweet was sent (ie. 5 seconds ago) and copy and paste that link in comments.

6. Write a post on your blog linking to my blog and to the Sustainable Group website – Good for two entries. Leave this comment twice so you get two entries!

This giveaway will run through midnight on Sept 2, 2009 PDT, with winner being announced the morning of Sept 3, 2009. Winner will be chosen using Random.org from all valid entries and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to contact me before another winner is chosen. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

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  • Carla August 18, 2009, 2:35 pm

    I’m a subscriber and I would like to enter.

  • Carla August 18, 2009, 2:36 pm
  • Amber August 18, 2009, 3:38 pm

    Here’s my tweet ;)http://twitter.com/photobyamber/status/3392139515

  • JANICE R August 19, 2009, 12:41 am

    NICE CONTEST

  • tory August 19, 2009, 7:52 am

    love the giveaway it looks like a lot of the school supplies on my list and there “green” how GREAT!!

  • tory August 19, 2009, 7:53 am
  • carol August 19, 2009, 10:32 am

    would like to win this for my granddaughter…thanks for the great giveaway

  • Shelley Mitchell August 20, 2009, 8:43 am

    Great giveaway. School supplies can get expensive – this would really help out right now. Thanks!

  • Ashley August 20, 2009, 10:17 am

    i subscribed

  • Monique Rizzo August 20, 2009, 10:34 pm

    I could use these supplies. Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

  • Kristinia August 21, 2009, 5:47 am

    I just subscribed kristinialeanna (AT) lovingheartmommy (DOT) com

  • Kristinia August 21, 2009, 5:48 am

    I’m a fan on facebook http://www.facebook.com/kristinia
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  • Kristinia August 21, 2009, 5:49 am

    Following on twitter (kristinialeanna)
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  • Kristinia August 21, 2009, 5:49 am
  • JenLippman August 21, 2009, 9:01 am

    You are awesome! Great giveaway

  • Julie August 22, 2009, 7:53 am

    I am a new email subscriber -please enter me thanks

  • Julie August 22, 2009, 7:57 am

    It states on their website that together their customers have saved millions of gallons of water, Tens of thousands of trees to name a few.

  • Nonie August 22, 2009, 5:19 pm

    The Sustainable Sample pack looks pretty cool.  They are the only FSC certified supplier in the world.  

  • Aimee W. August 27, 2009, 10:44 pm

    I subscribe to your blog feed via email.Thanks!

  • Aimee W. August 27, 2009, 10:46 pm

    I learned that all of Sustainable Group’s chipboard products are now certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) – which is an international, independently audited certification and labeling
    system that allows buyers to choose paper and wood products that come
    from responsibly managed forests, and verified recycled sources.Thanks!

  • Aimee W. August 27, 2009, 10:46 pm

    I am following @purenaturaldiva and @rebinder on Twitter (username Nelsby).Thanks!

  • Aimee W. August 27, 2009, 10:48 pm
  • Aimee W. August 27, 2009, 10:49 pm
  • Aimee W. August 27, 2009, 10:51 pm

    I shared this post (How Safe are Cosmetics and Body Care Products?) on StumbleUpon (username: JenAim).Thanks!

  • Nadia August 30, 2009, 10:55 am

    i have subscribed…this is an excellent giveaway i hope i can win

  • Nadia August 30, 2009, 10:56 am

    i am now a fan on FB .hope i can win (Nadia Duran)contact Weweredamsels@gmail.com

  • MaryBeth I August 30, 2009, 3:54 pm

    new subscriber

  • MaryBeth I August 30, 2009, 6:32 pm

    follow you both in twitter @misaacmom

  • MaryBeth I August 30, 2009, 6:33 pm
  • vicki wurgler August 30, 2009, 7:32 pm

    I’m a subscriber and I would like to enter.

  • vicki wurgler August 30, 2009, 7:36 pm

    Our binders, CD sleeves, journals, and presentation/event materials are all made from post consumer recycled materials

  • Gloria S September 1, 2009, 12:07 pm

    I would love to win these school supplies for my grandson!

  • Melanie September 1, 2009, 1:26 pm

    I would love to have these school supplies.
    Im a college student, and having just spent 300 bucks on books, I can’t afford the supplies!

    oh, and I happily subscribe.

  • Cori Westphal September 1, 2009, 1:58 pm

    I’m a subscriber!  Thanks!

  • Cori Westphal September 1, 2009, 2:01 pm

    I follow both on Twitter @coriwestphal

  • Cori Westphal September 1, 2009, 2:02 pm
  • Cori Westphal September 1, 2009, 2:03 pm

    I’ve become a FB fan: Cori Eckstrom Westphal

  • Cori Westphal September 1, 2009, 2:46 pm
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  • Happi Shopr September 1, 2009, 5:06 pm

    i subscribe

  • Bambi M September 1, 2009, 5:36 pm

    I’m a subscriber! thanks for the green giveaway! :)

  • Gabriel J. September 1, 2009, 6:56 pm

    I like the Sustainable Sample pack . This would be great for sy son!

  • Bethany T. September 2, 2009, 2:03 am

    I am now subscribed via e-mail. :)
    Fantastic giveaway!!!

  • Bethany T. September 2, 2009, 2:05 am

    Sustainable Group was started in 2003 with a triumphant goal of creating an alternative to those nasty vinyl binders and CD jewel cases that cannot be recycled.

  • Bethany T. September 2, 2009, 2:07 am

    I’m following both @purenaturaldiva and @rebinder under @BethanyTate. :)

  • Gretchen Taylor September 2, 2009, 4:19 am

    Would be ideal for my niece…

  • dawn September 2, 2009, 12:33 pm

    The Sustainable Sample pack looksgood.

  • Tam N. September 2, 2009, 2:14 pm

    the 1 inch rebinder chipboard is made from solid 100 point recycled chipboard

  • hazel hunt September 2, 2009, 2:53 pm

    nice!!

  • susan smoaks September 2, 2009, 4:32 pm

    i just subscribed, i want to enter!

  • susan smoaks September 2, 2009, 4:37 pm

    I learned that all of Sustainable Group’s chipboard products are now certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

  • susan smoaks September 2, 2009, 4:38 pm

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  • susan smoaks September 2, 2009, 4:38 pm
  • jen September 2, 2009, 6:26 pm

    I just became a Fan of Pure Natural Diva on Facebook. I have 5 kiddos so this sure would be nice to win!!!

  • Dddiva September 2, 2009, 7:42 pm

    Confirmed Subscriber

  • Dddiva September 2, 2009, 7:44 pm

    Sustainable Group was started in 2003 with a triumphant goal of
    creating an alternative to those nasty vinyl binders and CD jewel cases
    that cannot be recycled.

  • Dddiva September 2, 2009, 7:46 pm

    Follow both on Twitter-dddiva

  • Dddiva September 2, 2009, 7:47 pm

    Facebook fan-  Sherry Conrad

  • Dddiva September 2, 2009, 7:47 pm
  • kathy pease September 2, 2009, 8:47 pm
  • kathy pease September 2, 2009, 8:49 pm

    As a privately owned business in Seattle, Washington, our philosophy
    embraces a balanced approach to providing great products at a great
    value to our customers and products that reduce the environmental
    footprint of our industry and our customers.

  • Renee Weiner September 2, 2009, 8:51 pm

    My college bound daughter is very interested in eco friendly ways, means and supplies.

  • kathy pease September 2, 2009, 8:51 pm

    following on twitter klp1965

  • kathy pease September 2, 2009, 8:53 pm

    became a fan on facebook kathylpease

  • kathy pease September 2, 2009, 8:53 pm
  • Charlene Kuser September 2, 2009, 11:20 pm

    Sustainable Group was started in 2003 with a triumphant goal of
    creating an alternative to those nasty vinyl binders and CD jewel cases
    that cannot be recycled

  • Charlene Kuser September 2, 2009, 11:23 pm

    Following @purenaturaldiva and @rebinder on twitter(@Swtlilchick)

  • Charlene Kuser September 2, 2009, 11:26 pm

    Tweet:Swtlilchickhttp://twitter.com/Swtlilchick/status/3728790440

  • Charlene Kuser September 2, 2009, 11:31 pm

    Became a fan on Facebook (Charlene Kuser)

  • Bridget Combs September 2, 2009, 11:35 pm

    subscriber- brdgcombs@aol.com

  • Bridget Combs September 2, 2009, 11:36 pm

    FB fan- Bridget Combs

  • Donna K September 2, 2009, 11:55 pm

    I subscribed, and I would like to enter.

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