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Friday, April 16, 2021

Back to School (Kinda): Cool Outrageous Stuff

Back to school, well kinda, it looks much different this year, but here are some Cool, Outrageous, and eco-conscious essentials for the upcoming year, be it in person or virtual.

From Mother Earth, for Mother Earth

Back to School kinda - Bee's Wrap

Bee’s Wrap has found a way to eliminate single-use plastic wraps and bags. Made from sustainably and ethically sourced ingredients such as organic cotton and beeswax, its products are washable, reusable, and compostable. The company’s focus on environmental stewardship does not stop there. Along with its partners, Bee’s Wrap is involved in numerous initiatives that involve beach cleanups and ocean conservancy. It’s evident that Bee’s Wrap understands the effect businesses have on the environment. So, instead of using disposables, opt for the Lunch Pack, a wonderful alternative for packing food for school, work, and the outdoors. It comes with three wraps and can be purchased for $21 at www.beeswrap.com.

Conscious Consumption

Back to School kinda - Lunch box

S’well makes packing snacks and lunches more sustainable with its reusable food container. Along with fun prints, this product is well-insulated, providing temperature control and freshness throughout the day. Its stainless steel and BPA-free exterior is microwave- and freezer-friendly, too. And if the company’s efforts weren’t eco-friendly enough, S’well is also a partner of Lonely Whale and UNICEF, funding projects that provide clean water to vulnerable communities around the world. Find the 10 oz. container for $19.99, and the 24 oz. container for $24.99 at www.swell.com.

Plantable Pencils

Back to School kinda - Sprout Pencils

Sprout’s pencils are a simple, yet creative way to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Instead of throwing them out, these pencils can be planted, each carrying non-GMO seeds that grow into herbs, flowers, and vegetables. They are 100% natural, non-toxic, and constructed with sustainable and certified wood, making them the perfect gift for students of all ages who are curious about sustainability. Sprout’s products are also a popular promotional gift for corporations with eco-friendly initiatives. Based in Europe but sold around the world, these pencils can be found on Amazon. Visit www.amazon.com/sprout to purchase a pack of 8 graphite pencils for $14.95, and a pack of 2 graphite and 6 color pencils for $15.95.

A New Generation of Natural

Megababe deodorant

Megababe is focused on finding simple solutions to the daily inconveniences surrounding hygiene. Among all of its innovative products, the company is especially popular for its non- toxic deodorant—an alternative that is formulated without aluminum, parabens, baking soda, or alcohol. Instead, it’s made with a blend of natural ingredients, including sage, green tea, and coconut, all of which prevent odor-causing bacteria. Its smooth and clear application lasts all day long, too. And of course, this product is cruelty-free. A variety of scents can be purchased at www.megababebeauty.com for $14 each.

Lip Magic

Lip Blister Balm

Naturally medicated with jojoba botanicals, Blister Balm’s Lip Protectant and External Analgesic Ointment provide immediate relief from cold sores, while also preventing new ones from forming. The safe and effective formulas have proven to work better than other products, and they are a favorite among those who prefer local ingredients and companies. Visit www.blisterbalm.com to purchase this set for $27.19, or individually for under $20.

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