As the first day of school approaches, I’m not ready to bid summer farewell. I don’t want to give up my family’s evening swims, ice cream cone snacks or long sunshine-filled weekends with friends and family.
But there is something I am looking forward to: PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market® have teamed up to offer a new adorable line of back-to-school products including backpacks, reusable lunch totes, pencil cases, notebooks, folders and reusable sandwich keepers. They are made with organic cotton, recycled paper or other responsibly sourced materials and only found at Whole Foods Market stores, which means I can do all my shopping in one place. Plus, my kids love the cool designs. Robots, dogs, butterflies, oh my!
The organic cotton canvas items are from Esperos, a company founded on the mission that every bag sold helps fund one year of education for a child in the developing world.
The reusable food keepers from Lunchskins are perfect for sandwiches, snacks or fruit. Lunchskins is committed to reducing the amount of plastic waste produced every year, as each reusable bag can replace 500 plastic bags. (I’ll be buying a couple for my husband and my packed lunches too!)
The notebooks and folders for school and play are from Mudpuppy, which supports children’s education throughout the year.
School Supplies That Do More
PBS KIDS applies all net proceeds toward its mission of building knowledge, critical thinking, imagination and curiosity to empower children for success. Whole Foods Market is also donating 1% of total sales from these school supplies (up to $25,000!) to Whole Kids Foundation®, an organization dedicated to improving children’s nutrition and wellness.
In addition, for every Esperos backpack, pencil case and lunch tote purchased, Esperos will donate 10% of proceeds to help fund education for children in need through the Esperos Carry Hope initiative.
Extracurricular Activities with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Looking for a few ways to fill the last few weeks before school? Get your kids — school age and younger — excited about eating healthier with free printable activities, family-friendly recipes and episode clips from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. (Recipes such as Mom Tiger’s Banana Bread and Make-Your-Own Pizza are sure to be a hit.)
Check out the line of PBS KIDS school supplies; what’s your child’s favorite design?