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Non-Toxic School Supplies can be hard to find.
Whether it’s their first year at preschool or just the start of a new year at school there is always a big list of things to buy ready for their first day. Last year was my eldest child’s first year of preschool and so the first time I had to consider what he would need.
The three main purchases I had to make were: Lunch Box, Water Bottle and Backpack. As you would know by now I was very into sourcing anything I could Toxin-free and finding these items without BPA, PVC, plastic etc was a little challenging!
However, I spent some time over the Christmas break researching non-toxic school supplies and found 3 items that I was happy with and my then 4 year old loved too.
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Non-Toxic School Supplies
There were a few options for backpacks. Originally I loved one’s by Little Frenchy and SoYoung. They are small so great for toddlers but I wanted to get something bigger that he will be able to use as he grows into a strapping lad.
I discovered these gorgeous ones from Apple & Mint. They have the smaller toddler size but then these gorgeous bigger sizes too. They are made with canvas which then has a waterproof coating. These bags are PVC, BPA and lead-free and of course non-toxic and earth – safe.
This was the easiest of the three to source as there are so many great options out there. It’s simply a matter of finding which one is most suitable for your little one.
Again, I wanted a bigger size bottle that I know will hold enough water for each whole day at preschool as well as for when he is a bit older.
I ended up choosing one from Ecococoon. What was most appealing was that there is no need for any awkward twisting or pulling to open valves each time you want a drink and then forgetting to close them and the water spilling everywhere! This one is stainless steel, has a one-way leak-proof valve (meaning water will only come out once you actually suck) and is also double-walled which means it’s insulated and condensation free.
There are some great plastic alternative options on the market these days for lunchboxes. I was torn between LunchBot and Planetbox – both are stainless steel bento-style lunch boxes and really all it comes down to is choosing what will work best for your little one.
I chose the Planetbox for a number of reasons:
- It generally was more favoured in a number of different online reviews I checked out.
- It has multiple sections that are designed to help you make sure you are including a variety of different types of food.
- You can get fun magnets that attach to the top. Most parents can appreciate that the more fun a mealtime is the more willing a child can be to eat the food.
- Although the lunch box itself isn’t leak proof you can get pots in a variety of different sizes that fit inside the lunchbox that is able to hold dips or liquids.
- The planetbox can also be purchased in a set that includes the lunchbox itself, a tall dipper pot, a set of magnets of your choice and a carry bag.