For the last of my ethical gift guides, I’ve rounded up some lovely little ethical gift ideas for children. As per the last two guides, all gifts are budget friendly (there’s nothing in this guide over £35) and all come from smaller independent shops and makers.
Liberty Fabric Wire Name Sign (£14). The cutest little handmade sign. I’ve bought one for my daughter’s 1st birthday (and yes, that has come around really quickly… Too quickly.).
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
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!
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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