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Better Choices Greening Back to School Tips and Hits  

No matter how many camps, trips to the beach and dips in the pool you fit into a summer, there comes a point when everyone is ready to go back to school.  Whether it is the cooler nights and changing leaves, or the new backpacks and pencils, the beginning of fall is filled with anticipation of a new academic year and a new chance to excel.    

Kids early on pick up the signals that back to school means time to buy new stuff.  From the latest lunch box styles to school supply lists, the first greening tips is to REUSE.  A quality backpack will most likely be outgrown before it is worn out.  Toss it in the laundry with a load of like colored towels and you will be amazed at how much of last years grime can be removed.  Think it still needs a new look?  Find a local embroidery business to add some graphics or personalize it with a monogram.  If your child has outgrown anything from backpacks to coats and boots, consider donating them for reuse.  When purchasing new school supplies look for items that can easily be reused and minimize unnecessary waste.  

 Some of my favorite back to school better choices are:  

L.L. Bean backpack

 

 L.L. Bean Original Book Packs 

 These backpack are made to last a lifetime.  They can start with your kids as diaper bags and last through college and beyond.  Personalize them with a monogram, or add patches from your travels to national parks and museums.  www.llbean/backpacks.com 

Dabbawalla Monkey Do Lunch Bag

 

Dabbawalla Lunch bags  

Dabbawalla bags are designed with kids and the environment in mind.  These bags are made from an eco-sponge fabric that has earned the Oeko-Tex 100 standard of safety in textiles, an ecological certification process testing for over 100 harmful substances.  Bags are designed to be kid size friendly and super cute.  They are insulated, washable, and sewn by workers earning fair wages in safe work conditions.  What’s not to love.  www.dabbawallabags.com  

   

India Tree Decorations

India Tree Natural Decorating Colors and Sugar 

 Every month of the school year contains multiple celebrations.  Between birthday parties and holiday celebrations, kids like to celebrate with cake, cookies, ice cream and lots of sprinkles.  Trying to celebrate without artificial colors used to be a challenge.  Now you can make those pumpkins orange and hearts extra pink with India Tree vegetable derived colors and sprinkles.  www.indiatree.com  

Miessence Purifying Skin Essentials

 

Miessence Purifying Skin Care  

Back to school for teens can mean confronting challenging skin conditions.  There is nothing like a clear complexion to boost confidence.  unfortunately, many over the counter and prescription drugs for acne can have serious side effects.  Miessence Purifying range of skin care products offers teens certified organic skin care that is as pure as it is potent.  Start with the basic skin essentials pack and then add a purifying Mineral Mask, or purifying Blemish Gel.  www.MiBetterChoices.com  

   

Kleen Kanteen Sippy Cup

 

Klean Kanteen stainless steel bottles  

After testing many stainless steel bottles, it is always the Klean Kanteen that comes out on top.  With both sippy cup and sports cap style lids, there are styles and colors to please your preschooler and high schooler alike.   The introduction of the wide insulated bottles means you can enjoy hot and cold liquids for hours after leaving home.   Made from 18/8 stainless steel and BPA free.  www.kleankanteen.com  

ReSnackit

 

ReSnackIt reusable sandwich bags  

These reusable bags help eliminate the need for plastic sandwich and snack bags.  Since they are phthalate, PVC, lead and BPA free, they are also a healthier storage option.  Suitable for both dry and wet snacks, these fun colorful prints might make that bag of carrots way more appealing. www.resnackit.com  

Lands' End Navigator Rain Jacket

 

   

  

Lands’ End Packable Navigator Rain Jacket  

Nylon is a great alternative to PVC raincoats.  This lightweight nylon jacket packs into its own pocket making it easy to have on hand “just in case.”  The hip length and full hood do a great job at keeping the rain at bay.  www.landsend.com  

   

Jaffa Lip Balm

 

Jaffa Certified Organic Lip Balm  

Colder weather and runny noses can leave little lips dry and red.  Keep a Miessence Jaffa Lip Balm on hand for each member of the family.  Let the kids personalize their own with a few stickers to keep them from getting mixed up.  This certified organic lip balm nourishes lips with the world’s first and only fair trade certified organic shea butter.  www.MiBetterChoices.com

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Author: Better Choices

I am a mother, wife, dancer who works as an organics and eco-business consultant. My passion is to find healthier, sustainable options in everyday living and share them with others. I believe that individuals can be agents for change in both the quiet privacy of their homes, and in the noisy public forums of communities and the world at large. I created Better Choices to be a positive agent for change, hopefully inspiring others to do the same. I offer education through seminars, blogs, social networking, and private home MiSpa Parties. I provide support to a team of Miessence Independent Representatives who are fulfilling their own goals through building businesses to support a sustainable future.

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