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Stuff that writes: Pilot’s B2P pens (for bottle to pen) are made from recycled plastic bottles and are designed to look like one. They’re lightweight with gel ink.

“The quality of recycled products has gotten so much better this year,” Miss Mallon said.

Sharpie also has gone gel for highlighters for a wider variety of paper, including ink jet, glossy and extra-thin surfaces. Twist the bottom to push up the gel.

And Crayola has a box of dry-erase crayons that come with an eraser mitt.

Stuff that sticks: Kids still care about going green, especially when it comes to paper products. Environmentally friendly sticky paper has come into its own.

Sustainable Earth by Staples comes in 3-by-3-inch sticky notes that are 50 percent sugarcane fiber and 50 percent recycled paper. Post-it Greener Notes are made with 100 percent recycled materials and a plant-based adhesive.

“A certain amount of excitement has gone out of that because green has become almost a cliche,” Mr. Johnson said. “It’s still a big thing, though, and strikes a chord with a lot of kids.”

Stuff for papers: Eco-friendly notebooks, composition books and binders abound, if that’s your kid’s thing.

In the simple reuse category, Pottery Barn Teen sells full-zip, water-resistant fabric homework holders in a variety of tween-girl patterns, from peace signs to zebra stripes. There’s a three-ring binder inside and a front zip flap for quick access. Includes an insert for pencils and pens.

Any true reinventions on the horizon? Watch for Azuna 3-D technology on notebook covers, Miss Mallon said. They’re available only at Staples.

“It’s literally 3-D,” she said. “It’s very, very cool.”