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Eco Friendly School Supplies

back to 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!

Babies, Families

On Forever Furniture

boori cot

boori cot

We’ve always found choosing kids furniture a tricky path to navigate.  On one hand we want/need practical furniture that will suit our needs right now, and on the other hand we want to choose furniture that will serve us for many years to come.

For my eldest we went for a standard cot – not a cot bed – just a cot.  It was fine but after one and a half years, when the little monkey found she could climb out of it in one silent maneuver, we had no further use for it.  The cot was swiftly dismantled, popped on Gumtree, and a big girl single bed procured, which she still sleeps in to this day.

Now my littlest is rapidly out growing her Moses basket and we have had to start thinking about her sleeping situation.  With rather serendipitous timing the lovely people at Boori got in touch asking me if I’d like to try out one of their cots.

We opted for the Lucia Convertible Plus Cot Bed.  Not only does the cot turn into a toddler bed, as the name implies,  but once your child has grown out of the toddler bed it also turns into a sofa AND a full sized double bed.  I kid you not.

Here it is as a rather beautiful cot:

boori lucia cot

And with a few turns of an allan key here it is as a sofa:

cot turns into sofa
boori lucia cot bed review

I was expecting it to be a small kids sofa.  No, it’s a full sized sofa that comfortably sits two adults.

The kit to also turn it into a double bed is sold separately,  but it’s good to know that if you did want a matching bed and sofa in your room then that option is available.

Our plan for when our littlest is out of her cot bed (which will actually be quite some time, as my 4.5 year old can comfortably sleep on it – trust me, she’s had a go!) is to use the sofa in the girl’s bedroom.  As it’s a good size, then if they have a friend round to stay it could double up as a bed in that instance.

I think Boori are on to a winner with their range of convertible furniture – it’s really refreshing to see companies really thinking about the longevity of their products.

Another big thumbs up for Boori is that all of their products are Greenguard certified – meaning that their products have very low chemical emissions.  Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be emitted from paint, from furnishings, building materials and so forth.  If you or your family members have respiratory problems or allergies then it makes particular sense to reduce your/their exposure to VOCs through the choices you make for your home – such as choosing low VOC paints, furniture and flooring.

In short we love the cot, and love that it’s going to be part of our lives for a long time to come, with isn’t something you can often say about an item of furniture as transient as a cot.

Boori generously provided my littlest with a cot for the purposes of this review, but all words and opinions are my own.