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Back to school without plastic with plastic-free school bag

Can you use the Back to school without plastic master? Starting school is one of the most exciting days for every child. To guarantee your child a fun and sustainable start to school, in this article I have given you the most beautiful ideas around the topic of plastic free school bag put together.

Here you can find out how you can make your own plastic-free school cone or buy plastic-free ones and how you can fill the school cone sustainably. Have fun reading!

Plastic free school bagMake school cone without plastic

You can easily make your own plastic-free school bags. Here I show you different ways how you can make a school bag without plastic without much effort.

Plastic free school bag from cardboard and wrapping paper

Wrapping paper - plastic free school bag

The simplest option is to use cardboard and wrapping paper. For this you do not need any craft skills. Maybe you even have a roll of wrapping paper left at home.
You get some cardboard, a cord, a pencil and scissors. Attach the pencil with a cord and then draw a circle. You will need about a quarter circle to make the school bag without plastic. Then cut out the quarter circle and shape it into the school cone. Make sure that there is no hole at the bottom of the plastic-free school bag. You can use a liquid glue for gluing. Clothespins provide the right hold while the glue dries. Then you can cover the school bag with wrapping paper.
Alternatively, you can simply use a School cone blank* use.

Plastic free school bag with paper

Crepe paper - plastic free sugar cone
As an alternative to wrapping paper, you can also use other materials to create a plastic-free school cone. For example, you can use crepe paper or felt to make a sleeve for the plastic-free sugar cone. From paper you can cut out many beautiful shapes, which you can also attach to the school bag.

Sew plastic free school bag

A slightly more elaborate option is to sew the plastic-free school bag for your child yourself.
For this you need:

Here's how you do it:

The very first thing you need is a school cone blank, which you can buy at a craft store.
Mark a spot on the school bag that will serve as your guide. Mark it on the wrapping paper as well. It will serve as the top corner of the pattern. Now mark the tip of the blank on the wrapping paper. Make sure that the tip does not slip.
Now rotate the school bag around its own axis while the tip remains in the same place. Meanwhile, you trace the movements. The whole thing should create a semicircular arc on the wrapping paper.
Now draw a line from each end of the arc to the tip. A triangle should now be formed. Cut it out. It serves as a pattern.
Test the pattern and hold it to the school bag. Correct the pattern if necessary. If you want to use more than one fabric for the plastic-free school cone, you need to divide the pattern.
Follow the pattern when cutting the fabric. Be sure to remember the seam allowance.
Turn the two fabrics right side out and sew them together. Iron the fabric before turning it right side out. If you have several pieces of fabric, sew them together as well.
Now you can decorate the school bag. For example, you can sew the name of the child on the school bag. There are no limits to your creativity.
If you have done everything correctly, the school bag should fit snugly and tightly. If some parts are still too wide, mark them and sew them closer together.
Now it's time to close the school bag so that the plastic-free school bag can also be closed. Measure the top edge of the school bag. This is the length of the closure. Keep the seam allowance in mind here as well. The width is a matter of personal taste. A width of about 30 centimeters will suffice in most cases.
Place the fabric right sides together and sew the side seam first.
Press the top edge and then sew along the top edge several times.
Now cover the school bag with the clasp while both are right sides together. Now stitch the closure together with the school bag. Turn the school bag right side out again. Done!

Buy plastic free sugar cone

Before you buy a new school cone, you can also ask your acquaintances if they might still have an old school cone lying around at home. However, since school cones like to be kept as souvenirs, there is a relatively high probability that you will buy a new school cone.

Maya the Bee school cone

Maya the Bee plastic free school bag

For all fans of the little Maya the Bee, this plastic-free school cone is perfect. The dimensions of the school bag are 15 centimeters, so there is enough space to fill it with small gifts.
You can find this school bag here*.


Little mole school bag

Little mole plastic free school bag

Another children's classic: the little mole. Here, too, the size of the school bag is 15 centimeters.
You can find the Little Mole school bag here*.


Transformers school cone

Transformers plastic free school bag

With the Transformers also your child comes to school happy! The school bag is not only available in three different sizes, but also in two different designs - round and hexagonal.
You can get the Transformers school bag here*.

Star Wars school bag

Star Wars plastic free school bag

About the Star Wars school bag is guaranteed to please every little boy (and certainly some girls 😉 ). The school bag without plastic is available in three different sizes.
You can find the Star Wars school bag here*.


Fill school cone without plastic - sustainable gifts

Filling a school cone without plastic is not that difficult. Now I'll show you how you can fill the plastic-free school bag sensibly and sustainably. If you want to wrap the gifts extra, please have a look at this article: Wrap gifts plastic-free.

Rice lunch box

Rice lunch box - school bag without plastic

In every plastic-free sugar bag belongs a lunch box made of rice! Many lunch boxes are made of plastic. This lunchbox offers a great alternative. It is made of rice, without pollutants and was made without much waste of resources. It comes with an extra spoon that can also be used as a fork. By a tight band, the box is already tightly closed.
You can find the lunchbox here*.

Book with back to school stories

Little Raven Sock Book - Plastic Free School Bag

With a small book for reading beginners you give your child the first big reading fun. In mini format, the book is also guaranteed to fit in the school bag.
You can get the "Alles Schule-Jetzt bin ich da" book here*.

Homework book

Homework booklet - plastic free sugar bag

For school, of course, the child also needs a nice homework book. The Hauschka homework booklet brings enough space for homework entries, notes and a yearly calendar. With every notebook that is purchased, a pair of glasses is also donated to a child.
You can find the homework booklet here*.

Plastic free school bag for girls

Here I show you a few more nice ideas, if you are still looking for something typically girly for the school bag without plastic.

Custom picture frame

Picture frame - school bag without plastic

With a personalized picture frame you are guaranteed to make your daughter a great joy. Because in the picture frame can be framed the most beautiful photo of the first day of school - a memory that will last a lifetime.
You can find the picture frame here*.

Friends book

Friends book - plastic free sugar cone

What used to be the poetry album is now the friends book. A friends book creates exciting memories that the girl will remember fondly even as an adult. The book is sustainable and has a beautiful design.
You can get the friends book here*.

Fill plastic free school cone for boys

Here I show you a few more nice ideas, if you are still looking for something typically boyish for the school bag without plastic.

Entry album

My first school book - plastic free sugar cone

In the entry album with magnetic closure can be entered the memories of the first day of school. The book offers space for photos of friends, the classroom and the school bag.
You can get the entry album here*.


Fill school cone without plastic - sustainable sweets

Of course, a plastic-free sugar cone should also include something to snack on. If you enjoy baking, you can make vegan ABC cookies. Here's a simple recipe:
What you need:

  • 300 Gram Rye flour
  • 100 gram margarine
  • 130 gram sugar
  • A packet of vanilla sugar
  • One banana
  • One tablespoon baking powder

And it's that simple:
Mix the margarine, sugar and vanilla sugar together. Peel the banana and cut it into small pieces. Then add it and mix again. Now you can add the baking powder and the rye flour. Now knead the dough and finally form it into a ball. The dough comes in a Beeswax cloth or similar wrapped in the refrigerator. Leave it there for about 2 hours. After that, you can take out the dough and form letters from it. You can also decorate it as you like, for example with icing or melted chocolate.

Buy plastic free candy

You can almost certainly find packaging-free sweets at the unpackaged store in your city. Otherwise, you can go to the bakery or the praline preseller and bring a small tin with you. Other places where you can go in search of plastic-free candy are candy manufactories. You can put the candy in a small tin or in Beeswax wipes pack.

Sustainable start to school with a plastic-free school bag

With a school cone without plastic you convey to your own child already at the start of school the important meaning of Environment. Making a plastic-free sugar cone is not only great fun, but also sustainable. I hope the tips could help you and give you some inspiration for your school bag.

And what will go into your child's school bag? Feel free to tell us in the comments!

Kind regards,

Tabea CareElite

PS: In the article Plastic free living without waste you can find even more tips for plastic-free living.

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Hey, I'm Tabea. A few years ago I became aware of the plastic and waste problem on our planet and since then I've been trying to actively work towards making our planet cleaner again. It's a long way to the goal, but I believe that even with the small everyday things you can change the world for the better. :)

4 thoughts on “Schulanfang ohne Plastik mit plastikfreier Schultüte”

  1. Hello Tabea, this is Tabea 🙂
    Unfortunately, the block came a few days too late, since school enrollment was already on 25.8. in Berlin. But I still took up the challenge. In the school bag of my son (self-designed blank cardboard) were
    * Hussel sweets in a pretty little jar. (Ikea also has this on offer, but there makes me ncihts on).
    * EcoBrotbox
    * GoodMorningGoodMoodTea
    * Cloth handkerchiefs
    * Crayons
    * Wax crayons from beeswax
    * Wooden brushes and uncoated pencils
    * Plaster for small accidents in/on the way to school.
    * DB-PixiBook from cardboard (Bahnfreak)
    GANZ without I came then but nciht, because I have also put in a high-visibility vest, and letter noodles.
    I have already heard from some

    1. Hello namesake 😉
      These are really nice ideas! I'm sure your son was happy. 🙂
      It's great that you are so concerned with sustainability. Your comment is unfortunately broken off at the end,
      maybe you like to write that again?
      Love greetings

  2. Hello Tabea,
    I've been following your blog for a while now and I noticed that you have a lot of affiliate links to Amazon. I don't think I need to tell you about the sustainability of Amazon orders. My question: how does this fit together? So in a sustainability blog, making buying recommendations for Amazon. This is a serious question and I'm happy to clarify 🙂
    Best regards

    1. Hello Florian,
      At FAQ Christoph has already addressed the question. With the affiliate links the whole project is financed. We also have other affiliate partners, which we prefer, but many things are only sold through Amazon. However, we are currently working on our own online store, where you can then order directly on CareElite in the Plastikfrei Shop 🙂
      Love greetings

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