Seems every new school year signals the need for a whole new set of kit, from shoes and bags to water bottles, lunch boxes and more. With sustainability on everyone’s minds, we’ve compiled a back-to-school collection of brilliantly-designed reusables that won't cost the earth - and that you won't need to replace before you know it.
REUSABLE, NOT DISPOSABLE
If they take sarnies or rolls to school, your wrapping choices aren’t just foil or film. Haps Nordic Sandwich Bags keep their butties fresh and can be cleaned up and used again and again. If yoghurts or smoothies are more their thing, they do smoothie bags too. Ace.
Even when we try and be mindful of our consumption, we create a whole lot of waste, so we love brands that give leftovers a new lease of life. Engel has been designing highly desirable recycled goodies since 2005. Their backpacks are roomy enough for all of the kit kids need to carry and are made entirely from discarded plastic bottles. Their matching Pencil Cases are must-have eco-picks too.
We all know plastic pollutes and so, when we can find an alternative, we’re all for it. Silicone is perfect for kids products due to its durability, flexibility and food-safe properties. Fun to use at home but especially great for school, the We Might Be Tiny Bunny and Bear Snackie boxes are roomy enough to hold their break time snacks or lunchtime feasts and look irresistible too.
SPOONER OR LATER
Of course, disposable cutlery is a real no-no these days, but even plastic reusables are less and less popular. So it's great that lots of bamboo-blended alternatives are now available, like eco rascals Bamboo Spoons that have colourful silicone bowls.
At KIDLY we're always determined to bring you brands that aren’t just about the frills. Veja designs pumps that are great for school, PE and after-school clubs - delivering both style AND substance. The Brazilian brand looks after its factory workers as well as integrating recycled or sustainably-harvested materials into its designs.
DESIGNED TO LAST
Longevity = sustainability, because you're not replacing stuff on the regular. For lunch or snack time, stainless steel bottles and food jars are ideal for storing drinks and food. Liewood makes bottles in grow-with-them designs that let you switch up the toppers as their skills develop. And their Marlow Set gives you a bottle and an insulated food jar that'll keep hot food warm and cold food cool. Their durable design withstands daily use by hungry kids - you'll love it too if you take the opportunity to ‘borrow’ it.
So there you have it - purchases that do their bit for the planet that you can look forward to using school term after term after term. Top marks all round. And remember, if you need any more guidance, our Live Chat Team are always here to help, 7am-11pm, every day. Just hit that purple button, bottom right.