It's officially back to school time! There's so much more to sending your kids off to school now than making sure their shoes are tied and their bag is packed. With the right natural, eco-conscious back to school essentials, you can rest assured that your kids' brains and bodies are being supported through tasty and nutritious snacks, that they're staying healthy and focused thanks to the right essential oils, and that they aren't contributing to our global waste crisis by sending them off with reusable alternatives to single-use zip locks and other lunchbox products. Read on for our guide to the very best natural, reusable, eco-friendly back to school supplies.
Back to school essentials for the lunch box
Your kids may not be old enough to fully understand our global waste crisis, but by sending them to school with reusable alternatives to single-use plastics, you can ensure they aren't contributing to it. The Life Basics Reusable Silicone Straws are a great alternative not just to regular plastic straws, but to bamboo and stainless steel straws too! These multi-coloured straws are made from soft and flexible silicone, designed to be gentle on teeth and gums and reused over and over again. Your kids will love the Cheeki 400ml Insulated Kids Bottle - Dani the Dolphin, which will keep their favourite drinks cold for up to 24 hours thanks to lightweight stainless steel and a leak- and spill-proof Tri Tech Kids Lid. Another great alternative to the single-use plastic packaging often found in children's school bags are the Little Mashies Reusable Food Pouches. These fun, green pouches are made from incredibly strong recyclable and BPA free material, perfect for housing yoghurts, purees, smoothies, chia puddings and even ice cream! Another favourite amongst the parents of Nourished Life are the Full Circle Reusable Kids Lunch Snack Bags, which are ideal for things like sandwiches and freshly cut fruits and vegetables. Another eco-friendly food storage solution is the Snack by S'well Gummies Tin, which is made from double-wall insulated, durable, food-grade stainless steel.
Back to school essentials for the brain and body
An item that is quickly becoming a back to school must is a good pair of kids blue light glasses. Our favourites are the Baxter Blue Baileys, which have been specially designed for children aged 7 to 10 who spend a lot of time in front of digital screens. The blue violet light emitted from devices such as smartphones, tablets and televisions can be harmful to their eyes and their health, so these lenses work to filter out 50% of that damaging light. If your children find it difficult to stay focused at school, try sending them to class with a natural essential oil blend formulated to help them concentrate. We recommend the ECO. Little Study Time Rollerball, which combines Bergamot, Grapefruit, Jojoba, Lavender, Lemon, Spearmint, Rosemary and Vetiver to enhance concentration, focus and clarity for during school, homework or study time.
If your children prefer to boost their focus through snacks, rather than essential oils, get them to start their day by taking the Ethical Nutrients OMEGAZORB Hi-Strength Omega-3 Fish Oil for Kids. This natural supplement has a pleasant orange flavour and has been formulated to support normal brain function as well as assisting brain, eyes and nervous system development. Send them to school with a brain boosting chocolate smoothie using the Morlife Clever Kidz Powder, NuZest Kids Good Stuff - Rich Chocolate or Nutra Organics Berry Choc Chunk for Kids to keep them focused throughout the entire school day. Another really effective kids' oil blend and school bag essential, this time for immunity, is the ECO. Little Immune Booster Blend, which combines antibacterial Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon Peel, Lemon Myrtle and Sandalwood Essential Oils to help to keep germs at bay.
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