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Eco Friendly School Supplies

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Let’s talk about eco friendly school supplies.  You see, here in Scotland we’re winding down the summer holidays and gearing up for back to school season.

I know it’s cliche, but I seriously cannot believe my eldest starts school in just a few short weeks.  She is very excited but I can’t help but feel a bit apprehensive.  And, if I’m being perfectly honest, feeling a tiny bit of relief – trying to keep a pre-schooler entertained all day every day for 6 weeks whilst looking after a 6 month old has been no mean feat!

If your child is starting school soon too, or going back to school after the long long holidays, then I’ve put together some eco friendly school supplies for you.  Some of them I kind of want for myself…!

Eco Friendly School Supplies

eco friendly school supplies

School Dress (£16.95) from Eco Outfitters.  Eco Outfitters stock a wide range of 100% organic cotton school uniform, for both girls and boys, in up to age 11.

Rucksack (£29.50) from Mibo Kids.  There are heaps of different designs of this 100% organic cotton, GOTS certified bag – it’ll be hard for you or your kids to pick a favourite!

Recycled Pencils (£3.20) for 10.  Also available, recycled erasers (£2.35)

Pencil Case (£11.50) again from Mibo Kids, in 100% organic cotton, and again, available in different designs.

And for the all important lunch time:

Stainless Steel Water Bottle (£14) in a kid friendly 330 ml size.

Organic Cotton Lunch Bag (£16) – boys designs also available.

Bamboo Lunch Cutlery (£6) – handy for stashing at the bottom of a lunch bag or lunch box.

Stainless Steel Lunch Box (£14) – I have seen stainless steel lunch boxes on American and Australian sites, but have really struggled in the past to find a UK supplier of one that doesn’t have a plastic lid.  The search is over: I’ve just discovered the Green Tulip store on Not On The High Street.  You’re welcome.

Now, something I’ve really struggled to find are ethical kids shoes.  There are very few suppliers of ethical kids shoes (that I’m aware of) and the two suppliers that I did find were eye-wateringly expensive.  I’m also loathe to recommend buying kids shoes online.  Kids shoes are trickier to buy because ill fitting shoes could damage children’s growing feet.  I’d recommend visiting a local retailer and getting your kids feet measured and professionally fitted.

Enjoy the rest of the school holidays!  Our plan for the last few weeks we have left is to get in as much bike riding practice (without stabilisers) as possible!

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Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas #4

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For my last installment of my ethical Christmas gift guides, I’ve put together some ethical gift ideas for kids.  Now, the thing that I’m realising as a parent is that from a very young age kids have very firm ideas of what they would like for Christmas.  Last year my then two year old really really wanted a red scooter (specifically red) and a purple doctors kit (specifically purple), and this year she really really wants a pink bike with a bike seat on the back from her doll, and a basket on the front.

So, rather than suggest those kind of big gifts (because I’m sure you’ve got that covered) I’m here to suggest little gift ideas, costing no more than £26.  Whether you’re a parent looking for a little stocking filler, or a grandparent, relative or friend looking to buy a small ethical gift for a child, this guide should help you out!  As always I’ve tried to source items straight from the maker, or from independent shops:

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

ethical kids gift ideas

From clockwise:

1)  Wooden Rabbit Stacking Toy (£10) – I came across the Sarah & Bendrix online shop quite recently and was immediately struck by the fantastic selection of beautiful toys.  I will definitely be back for a visit next Christmas, when our second little pudding will be celebrating his/her first Christmas, making a mental note to purchase this stunning stacking toy.  It looks like a real hand-me-down piece, yet only £10.

2)  Sequin Crown (£15) – perfect for little boys and girls to play King and Queen dress up.

3)  Puppy Egg Cup (£4) – Again, the Little Maldod online shop was a recent Instagram find for me, and I have a feeling my bank balance is going to suffer when the new little one comes along (in five weeks, eek!) as I stock up on incredibly gorgeous kids gear.  This egg cup is such a cute way to encourage kids to eat their breakfast!

4)  Bunny Rattle (£5.99) – again from Little Maldod – see what I mean – all so beautiful and so reasonably priced!

5)  Monty The Fox (£26) – Sara Carr’s knitted soft toys are just stunning.  My daughter has a Sara Carr animal that I bought her when she was born, and it’s been a favourite of hers ever since!

ethical kids christmas gift guide

6)  Unicorn T-Shirt (£12) – For older kids this unicorn t-shirt from Lost Shapes is sure to be a firm favourite!

7)  Bird Bingo (£14.17) – what a fun way to learn about different species of birds!

8)  Lego Figure Crayons (£3.50 for 6) – for any Lego fanatics out there this would make a great stocking filler!

9)  Maps (£14.54) – We have this book, it’s beautiful to look at and fun to read.

10)  Animalium (£13.21) and Animalium Activity Book (£6.04) – a fun and stimulating way to find out more about the natural world around us.  I secretly want this for me!!

That’s the last of my ethical Christmas gift ideas posts – I hope you’ve found them useful and perhaps discovered some new makers or new independent shops.  I always enjoy putting these guides together for you – I do love a bit of window shopping!!