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#greenbacktoschool with Ecolunchbox, Paper Culture and Schoola

Sharpen those pencils, parents! Back-to-school is either already here for you or just around the corner, and it’s time to starting ticking to-dos off your list. But don’t go stocking up on off-the-rack clothes, plastic baggies, and non-recycled paper just yet! There’s a better set of solutions thanks to sustainably minded companies like ECOlunchbox and Paper Culture . We here at Schoola have teamed up with our friends to help you get back-to-school in an eco-conscious way.

Not only are these sites innovative and wallet-friendly, they help you eschew the waste-making, $75 billion dollar back-to-school industry that reigns over the US like a grumpy toddler. Boasting darling duds, creative, durable supplies, and more, these alternative shopping options make back-to-school shopping a complete win. Embracing the three r’s of green living—reduce, reuse, and recycle—these sites will help you keep the planet, and your pockets, filled with green.

Reduce: Say Bye-Bye to the Brown Bag with Ecolunchbox

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It’s incredible, but true: 100 million pieces of lunchtime trash are thrown away every hour. And one of the worst culprits in this crime? School-time lunch waste.

Though every small paper bag and ziploc you use may not seem like such a big deal, don’t be fooled. Over time, these items add up to mountains of trash—4.6 billion tons in the US alone—that could make even Everest seem small. In fact, lunchtime trash And worse, plastics are full of chemicals that are anything but healthy.

Happily, you can kick this toxic, trash-making mess out of your life with smartly designed items like those crafted by ECOlunchbox. Non-toxic, durable, and charming, ECOlunchbox’s stainless steel containers and artisan-crafted bags will make your kid’s lunchtime waste- and worry-free.

The impact products like ECOlunchbox’s make is not to be underestimated. By helping parents switch to smarter lunch-packing options, ECOlunchbox annually prevents 8 million pounds of trash from hitting landfills and offsets the CO2 equivalent of driving 5.4 million miles. And speaking of waste, the average family spends $450 a year on throwaways like disposable baggies, so when you snag yourself a reusable lunch bag or box, you’ll have some extra cash for those little luxuries parents need—like date nights and dinners out.

Reuse: Cute Clothes Meet a Good Cause with Schoola 

Schoola SF ProjectsNow that you know how to make lunchtime green and great, let’s look another blindingly wasteful slice of back-to-school shopping—the wardrobe.

The amount of pollutants produced by the fashion industry is incredible. Yet, kids constantly need new clothes. Not only do studies show kids lose 80% of new school supplies throughout the year, they grow like beanstalks. Children ages 2-10 grow 2 ½ inches and 6 pounds a year, and after puberty, these rates more than double. This means you need to get new clothes for your kids practically non-stop.

Instead of turning to off-the-rack garments from your local box store, opt for a more environmentally and financially sustainable option like Schoola. Full of carefully curated, preloved fashion for kids and women, Schoola helps you get adorable new clothes without buying into the polluting fast fashion industry. And as a cherry on top, Schoola also donates a large portion of their proceeds to your kids’ schools.

On average, parents spend $670 on their K-12 graders each year. When these dollars are spent at Schoola, over $240 per parent goes towards art lessons, music classes, PE, or other at-risk programs in over 12,000 donor schools nationwide. Plus, when you donate clothes to Schoola you don’t just help your school, you help the planet. For each bag of clothes send to Schoola, you offset up to 6,500 gallons of water and 22.27 kg of C02. When it comes to looking good on the outside and feeling even better on the inside, Schoola can’t be beat.

Recycle: Products that Are Pretty Inside and Out with Paper Culture

58fb753328242b28f89f8ffb928b3575Deforestation causes a staggering 20% of greenhouse gas emissions. Mind boggling, isn’t it? Combine that with the fact that, over time, humans have destroyed 75% of the world’s forests, and any smart cookie such as yourself will understand that we can’t just sit back and let this continue to happen.

Inventive companies like Paper Culture want to help you combat the effects of deforestation without compromising on your need for quality school supplies. Offering a wide range of necessary and useful items ranging from kid-friendly notecards perfect for writing welcome notes to teachers, to fun wall decals greats for kids heading off to college, to well-designed labels for all your organizational needs, Paper Culture’s products are both creative and eco-conscious. Not only does the company use 100% recycled materials for products like those mentioned , they plant a tree with every order. And, as you can see here, the power of one tree is pretty darn potent.

By helping to reduce greenhouse gases and deforestation with the wisely crafted (and superbly cute!) products, you’ll be able to send your kids to school with a clean conscious.

Earn Top Marks in Environmental Excellence

With shopping options like those listed above, you’ll excellently execute upon back-to-school errands without even having to leave your house. By switching headache-filled trips to the store with simple at home task-tackling, and opting for ethical, economical consumerism instead of buying quick-to-break, full-of-waste products, you’ll make a better world for yourself, your kids, and the future that awaits your bright young minds.

Plus for a limited time, don’t forget to enter our #greenbacktoschool giveaway where you can win one of 12  – $50 credits for SchoolaECOlunchbox and Paper Culture. Enter here.

4 Weeks of Fun Giveaway – Wrap Up

Our Schoola 4 Weeks of Fun Giveaway has ended and summer is starting to wind down. Let’s cherish these final weeks with our family and friends and start thinking about all the FUN we will continue to have in the next school year.

We’d like to thank everyone for participating and congratulate all of our winners one more time.  Our friends at FlybarGreen Toys, Little Passports and Micro Kickboard made it so special with their awesome prizes.

Way to go!

Week 1 Winner – Chrissy Hazard from New York  for winning a Flybar Master Pogostick. When we told her she won, she said, “That’s fantastic! I never win anything!”

Week 2 Winner – Staci Nouri from Colorado for winning 6 playthings from Green Toys.  She commented on our FB page and said, “Thank you! Both my boys will be thrilled!”

Week 3 Winner – Chester Shaver  from Maryland for winning a 6 month World Edition subscription to Little Passports. He said, “Thanks Schoola!!!! Love this website and my kids are going to love their lilpassport!”

Week 4 Winner – Ashley Guzman for winning a Micro Maxi Scooter from Micro Kickboard.  She’s so excited for her kids to start carving up the streets with their new Maxi.

It’s been a blast playing with you and we hope you check back in soon for our next giveaway coming up in August.

And remember, all year long Schoola turns adorable outgrown clothes into money for your child’s school programs. Learn more about us and see how it works here.

31 Days of Smart Summer Fun, Day 25: Learning a New Game

You don’t need elaborate game sets or one of those huge, inflatable slides to have fun in your backyard this summer. You already have the makings for a fun day in your kitchen and garage (and maybe a quick trip to the store). Learning a new game is a great way to spend an afternoon together. Here’s two we think you’ll love… Balloon Tennis: This is a simple, yet fun balloon activity that is sure to bring out the tennis star in your little one! Take small paper dessert plates and tape then to the end of a paint stir stick to create your tennis “racquet.” Blow up any size balloon for the “ball.” Use a jump rope to divide the “court” in half and see how many times you can volley that balloon across the line before it hits the ground. You can also use the plate racquet to keep the balloon aloft or you can play a tennis game of doubles or triples, depending on how many children there are. Noodle Hockey: Grab a bunch of pool noodles and a medium-sized ball. Depending on how many players you have, set up either one goal or two. How big the goal is depends on how easy you want to make the game. From there, it’s easy. Use the noodles like hockey sticks and try to get the ball into the goal. Once you’ve gotten the hang of the game, let someone play as goalie. #schoolasummer

Sheep’s Clothes – Boys and School

shutterstock_175586570 Sheep’s Clothes – Boys and School 

 

In the year of our savior Reggio Emilia 2012, there did a monster reign.

 

He walked amongst them unnoticed at times.  Peaceful.  Quiet.  As with Play-Doh.  And the Trains of Thomas.  And Maresol, that fair teacher of Espanol who taketh no shit.

 

“Things are as they should be,” they said, at the Time Known As Drop-Off.

 

And then that time ended and the Time Known As Circle began.  A time of great decibel increase and insurrection.

 

In mighty voices, they said, “LISTEN!  LISTEN!  LISTEN!  LISTEN!  LISTEN!”

 

And, “NOT ON JOSEPH’S HEAD!”

 

And, “LEAVE ELIZABETH ALONE.  LEAVE ABBOTT ALONE.  I DON’T KNOW WHY.  NOW CIRCLE! CIRCLE!  CIRCLE!”

 

But circle he did not and lo!  Two horns doth did sprout!  And that is how, after Tales of the Great Letter ‘E,’ the Time of Circle did end.

 

In quiet voices, they said, “Line-eth up, ye who would travel to the far reaches of the Kingdom.”  But Line-eth he did not, especially since he was not made Leader of the Line-eth.

 

First, he ziggethed.  Then he zagethed.  And then he pushed him known as Zachary who yelled unto him, “I’m first and you’re NOT!”  And lo, his feet they did become cloven hooves!

 

Upon reaching the far reaches of the Kingdom, the Time Of Outdoor did begin.

 

In which sand was thrown far and wide but mainly into Katie’s eyes, and tag, it was played until Carter yelled, “We don’t like you!” and Gregory confirmed this and yelled, “YEAH!”

 

And lo, he grabbed his shovel and smacked it down, which brought a voice like thunder that said “YELLOW LIGHT!” and then he stomped his cloven hooves and shrieked and the voice commanded, “RED LIGHT!”

 

But he looked both the YELLOW LIGHT and the RED LIGHT in the eye and laughed and into the Out Known As Time he was placed.  And they tisked and clucked and remarked, “‘Twas no shovel he had but a pitchfork.”

 

As the Time of Outdoor ended and the Time of Snack began, he no longer walked amongst them unnoticed but like a sharp piece of Lego stuck in their feet.  A sharp piece of Lego with fruit and crackers.

 

After the Time of Potty, he washed his hands and his clothes and the floor and those around him.  And then poopeth he did go.  Not on the potty but behind the potted plant.  Because it was safe.

 

And they sighed DEEPLY and whispered the Prayer of the Pull-Up and wiped and wiped and wiped and called up the Gods of Sanitation and wiped some more.

 

During the Time of Clean Up, there did occur a kerfuffle between him and Jeffery and Marcus and Quincey that shook the rafters.  Then using a bardic lute, he sang of the kerfuffle to others over mead juice but not before they put him in the Zone Known As Chill and told him to SLOWETH HIS MOTOR.

 

“The Transitions, they will be the death of us,” they did mutter, and said five Hail-Maria-Montessori’s for good measure and then finally – OH FINALLY – it was The Time Known As Lunch, and then they did wave their magic organic carrot and sprinkled Impulse Control Crumbs but the Impulses they were NOT Controlled.

 

After much pillaging and plundering – beware the ides of sunflower butter in your hair! – and much shrieking by Jill and Mary Beth, a nobel knight arrived at last to purge the kingdom of the devil.

 

In she rode with her brave Snap ‘N Go Chariot – wielding the sword of 1-2-3 MAGIC and the awesome power of LOVE – and she looked into the face of CHAOS and commanded, “Come.”

 

And he went.

 

Cloven hooves into Stride Rites.  Horns receding.

 

And they sighed with relief and said, “All is almost as it should be.”  (As they had four more devils to contend with).

 

For they had survived another day with that plague of school systems in kingdoms everywhere.

 

That beast that goes by the name:

 

BOY.

 

 

Written by the Tarja Parssinen, aka The Flying Chalupa

email: theflyingchalupa@gmail.com

31 Days of Smart Summer Fun, Day 24: Making Sun Prints

Ready for an easy art project today? We have just the thing for you!

Sun Prints

For this art project, you’ll need a sunny day, a few leaves (or other objects), and some construction paper. You can also buy special sun print paper at your local craft store, but we’ve found that inexpensive construction paper works just fine. Place a piece of construction paper in the sun. Have your child arrange leaves, sticks, keys, rocks, even plastic figurines on the paper. Leave the paper and objects out in the sun for an hour or two. The sun will fade the paper around the objects, leaving the area under the objects dark. The possibilities are endless, and the mess is minimal!

#schoolasummer

31 Days of Smart Summer Fun, Day 23: Small Businesses for Small Kids

Are your kids ready to start a small business this summer? Lemonade stands are great, but that’s not the whole scope of business ideas for young entrepreneurs. We know kids who have “doing” businesses, like house (and fish) sitting, and who have “making” businesses, like making and selling friendship bracelets. Here are some questions, courtesy of the Girl Scouts, to help your kids figure out where to start…

– What do you like to do?
– What type of chores do you do well?
– What do you like to spend your money on?
– What do you like to eat and drink?
– What types of things do your parents ask you to do for them?
– How much free time do you have to run your business?
– How much time can your parents or friends give you with your business?
– Would you rather do something to earn money or sell something?
– Do you want to earn money to buy something soon, or do you want to earn money so you can save up for something special?

We like these questions because they ask the kids to think about what they are good at, what they enjoy, and what they hope to accomplish. Aptitude, enjoyment, and aspirations—all important to any worthwhile project. Once your kids have answered these questions, they’ll be well on their way to starting their own business and learning so many great skills along the way.

 

#schoolasummer

31 Days of Smart Summer Fun, Day 21: Traveling with Kids? Stay Cool With These Travels Apps

Summer is filled with fun and road trips! Check out this article from Family Circle about travel apps

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#schoolasummer

31 Days of Smart Summer Fun, Day 20: Dishes Kids Can Make Themselves

You advertised for a sous chef, and within moments your child volunteered. Your young assistant is certainly willing, but not exactly ready to take on all the dishes found in your cookbooks. All that dicing, measuring, and sautéing is tricky when you’re just barely counter height. It seems that some new recipes in order. These easy dishes provide a just-right starting point.

scrambled eggs (this is what everyone learns to cook first, right?)
cinnamon toast
egg salad
deviled eggs (these are a snap, once your child has mastered egg salad)

And don’t forget “put together” dishes like…
a hummus and vegetable plate
tortilla roll ups with turkey, cheese, and lettuce (or whatever your child prefers)
pasta salad
#schoolasummer

31 Days of Smart Summer Fun, Day 19: 10 Favorite Books About Summer

Summer is a great subject for children’s books. Summertime means an extra dose of freedom and adventure for kids, so it makes sense that some of the best fictional tales of childhood are set during summer months. When you head to the library or the bookstore to stock up on books for the kids this vacation, consider these wonderful tales of summer.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
Holes by Louis Sachar
Weslandia by Paul Fleischman
Pictures from Our Vacation by Lynne Rae Perkins
The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
Beach by Elisha Cooper
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
Any Which Wall by Laurel Snyder
Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sarah Pennypacker
Like Bug Juice on a Burger by Julie Sternberg

#schoolasummer

31 Days of Smart Summer Fun, Day 18: Build a Catapult

This is a great science and engineering activity that works with kids as young as 7. Here’s what you need to get started!

– 10 craft sticks (the thick kind work better)
– rubber bands (at least 5)
– a plastic spoon
– mini marshmallows

Take two craft sticks and rubber band them together at one end. Then take seven craft sticks and rubber band them together at both ends. Gently wedge the stack of seven craft sticks in between the two craft sticks that are rubber banded together at one end. Next wrap a rubber band crossways around the two stacks where they join to hold the whole thing together. You’ve just made the base structure for your catapult.

Lastly, use a rubber band to attach a plastic spoon onto the one stick that’s sticking up in the air. (We used two rubber bands to make sure it stayed on tightly.) Now you’re ready to launch! Grab a handful of mini-marshmallows and let them fly! You can have contests to see which catapult launches the farthest (try adjusting the crossways rubber band for more distance) or you can set up targets for the kids to hit.

#schoolasummer

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