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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.

Introducing the Handmade Charlotte Collection – Donated to Support Imagination in Schools Everywhere!

We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Handmade Charlotte, the brand that has become a daily source for DIY craft projects for kids, recipes, and inspiring ideas for creative family living.  Their dedication to “finding the magic in everyday life” is why millions of readers visit the well loved indie publication every month. 

rachel-faucettWe met Rachel Faucett, the owner and creator of Handmade Charlotte and quickly became fans of each other!  Rachel started her business with a handmade clothing line on Etsy and quickly grew her brand along with her husband Jonathan into an award winning platform that has earned massive amounts of media attention from the largest and hippest publications in the world.  Their mantle worthy tutorials and gorgeous imagery have earned Handmade Charlotte a spot on numerous Best Of lists. 

Rachel, Jonathan, and their team of super creatives have quite the client roster – Martha Stewart, Bet­ter Homes and Gar­dens, HGTV, Anthropologie, Tea Collection, Target, Ford, HP, Ikea, Levi’s, Fiskars, Home Depot, and now Schoola!   Rachel’s love of Schoola’s mission and desire to financially support creativity in our nations schools was the spark that launched this campaign. 

So without further a do…

We are proud to launch the “Handmade Charlotte” collection on Schoola.com!  The mother of 5 has generously contributed over 500 items that were either handmade by her own hands or straight out of her Outgrown Give Away bin. The collection is a huge treasure chest full of one of a kind vintage, handmade, patched up pieces that are mixed with every day staples that we know you will love! You’ll have a blast digging through Rachel’s donated closet and will find some gems for sure. The handmade pieces and charming embellishments give you a glimpse into the couples colorful life on their horse farm in Georgia.  

Ring The Bell – This is the first time that proceeds from items sold on Schoola are being sent to the shoppers’ school rather than the donors’.  Handmade Charlotte + Schoola love all children everywhere! Simply enter your school name when you buy and YOUR school will receive a portion of the proceeds!

And when you thought the deals in this sale couldn’t get any better we decided to put a little more icing on the cake!  We’re giving away a special treat for the first 150 shoppers. If your lucky enough to be in that rock star  group you will receive –  FolkArt Handmade Charlotte stencil sets  that can be used to personalize your new frocks!

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We couldn’t be more excited about introducing this fun collaboration to you. When great minds think alike amazing things happen!  Now what are you waiting for? Jump over to shop the looks before they’re gone!

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Take a sneek peek at silly  behind the scenes shenanigans at the Handmade Charlotte + Schoola Photoshoot

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Introducing Schoola2U: Bringing More Funds to Bay Area Schools

Another school year is in full swing, and we’re as committed as ever to find ways to support important programs that impact students’ academic success – including art, music and physical education.

Despite the fact that California is home to more million-dollar tax filers than any other state in the U.S., there is still a significant wealth gap between Bay Area residents and the money allotted to education. Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area are taking matters into their own hands – one out of every 10 schools in the Bay Area is using Schoola to raise much needed funds. 

We’ve come a long way from the five Bay Area schools we launched with in June 2013. Today, we have more than 500 Bay Area schools raising money through our program.

One of our schools, Yick Wo Elementary in San Francisco, raised more than $1,000 to put school supplies in the classroom during the 2013-2014 school year, and is partnering with us to help fund its art program this year.

We’re proud to be an ally to Bay Area parents looking to supplement school resources, and we want to do more to help.  So this week we are debuting our fundraising fleet – 6 three-wheeled pop-up shops will be hitting the road to raise awareness and drive donations to local schools.  Our bikes will be visiting Bay Area visiting schools, museums and family festivals spreading the word about how parents can raise money for schools by doing something they already do – buying clothes for their kids!

Schoola has pledged to donate an additional $5 to the shoppers’ school of choice for every purchase made from the pop-up shops – with a goal of raising $100,000 for local schools.

We look forward to continuing support the local schools in our own backyard with this initiative. You can follow @Schoola on Twitter, Facebook & @Schoola2U on Instagram for updates on our Bay Area Tour – it’s going to be #WheelieGood!

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