Give Justly: Back to School {Ethical Shopping Guide}

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Since I’m in the throes of back-to-school (as I know many of you are, too), I thought I’d compile a new post for my Give Justly series which features ethically made items – either fair trade, made in the USA or confirmed ethical manufacturing standards. 

**affiliate links included: if you purchase using these links, I receive a small commission**


  • Check labels on pencils – many are made in the USA, like these 
  • Crayola makes many of their products in the USA (but not all, so check!)
  • Mead Notebooks – made in the USA 

Lunch boxes:

  • Bentology– lunch container with inner containers. Made in the USA. 
  • Liberty Bottleworks – made in the USA. Available in many sizes, colors and designs.
  • Lunch Bots – stainless steel lunch containers. Ethically manufactured.


  • Everlane: gender neutral adult sized ethically made backpacks. Good for older kids.
  • ToughTraveler: Made in the USA kids backpacks – multiple styles and sizes.


  • Everlane: basic kids clothes. ethically made.
  • American Adorn: a site filled with made in the USA kids clothing
  • Primary: Simple, basic and affordable clothing. Third-party inspected for compliance with ethical manufacturing. Use the code below for 20% off and free shipping!


  • PLAE shoes: uses fair-labor factories to manufacture their shoes 

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