It’s THAT time again: Back To School! There are always items that need replacing every year, like those ripped backpacks and outgrown rainboots. Avoid the rush, and shop small and shop local! We’ve rounded up 5 must-have items that you can pick up locally.
Backpack – Fjallraven
Raise your hand if your child has come home with a holey backpack or a broken strap? Kids backpacks should be kidproof, doncha think? Falljaraven Canada makes some of the most durable backpacks – and its trendy style have been popping up all over Metro Vancouver! We love the ones with the rainbow straps, cute and also an ode to love and kindness! Pick one up at their stores on West Broadway and Kitsilano.
Pro Tip: The Kanken bag was originally designed to help children improve posture and reduce back pain. It’s also water resistant.
Lunch Kit/Bag – Parkland
Lunch bags from Parkland is a must – they are all made from recycled plastic bottles! Combined with their cute designs, lunchtime is sure to be a favourite! Shop their pop up shop on Granville Island.
Reusable Snack Bags – My Little Green Shop
Reusable snack bags are one sure way to reduce plastic use and during the school year, the little baggies really add up. Thank goodness, they are readily available! We found a variety at local shops like online store, My Little Green Shop. They’re offering a BTS discount too!
Rainboots – Coquitlam Centre
Every child needs a pair of wellies to do some splashing! We love the Bogs variety Shoe Kid has. Shop in person at their Coquitlam Store or online!
Reusable Water Vessel
This may be a stretch, but if you’re serious about reducing plastic, BPA and phthalate consumption, you can’t beat a glass mason jar and a reusable straw. Of course there are loads of other options from the uber trendy (and oh so pretty) Swell to the more reasonably priced Klean Kanteen metal bottles from Indigo.