Phew! The time has finally come. Nursery and primary schools will reopen in September. Regardless of the colour code, the schools will continue to run 100%. That means no more home schooling! It's high time to get school bags back out and clean the dust off them. Does your child need a new one? Then here are a few sustainable tips for you!
Colourful gang of animals
Is your little one crazy about animals? Then a school bag from the French brand Coq en Pâte is a perfect fit. With their colourful prints, the brand focuses on endangered animals and supports NGOs, scientists and associations active in the field of nature conservation worldwide. AND, the bags are made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton. Chimpanzees, penguins or dolphins? There is plenty of choice on the Kudzu webshop.
Belgian brand, Onnolulu, makes sustainable children’s clothing and accessories with the coolest prints and is for sale at De Toekan
in Bruges and Doekjes en Broekjes in Leuven. All of their products are made in Turkey and Portugal where the employees are paid fair wages. They don’t overproduce either. Their school bags are made from 100% recycled PET and help clean the ocean!
Score a unique piece
Your son or daughter will certainly not go unnoticed with a unique bag made out of cork. Antwerp-based brand Captain Cork makes incredibly light, ergonomic and easy to clean school bags. Does your kid love jumping into puddles? No problem… The bags are water-resistant! But don’t hang about, these school bags are handmade and part of an exclusive collection so once they’re gone, they’re gone.
For the born fashionistas, you will definitely find a bag to their standards at Anna Pops in Aalst such as a trendy Kanken Fjallraven. Kånken was created in 1978 to tackle back problems in Swedish schoolchildren and has become a true staple. Every year, Fjällräven work hard to improve their sustainability. The design team ensure their and accessories clothing are as functional and timeless as possible.
Back to the eighties
How about a colourful bag with a vintage look by Bobo Choses? Ideal for your cool teenager. Bobo Choses not only care about the wellbeing of children, but also of our planet and do their best to be as sustainable as possible. This backpack is made in Spain from 100% recycled polyester.
At Lunabloom in Bruges, you'll find backpacks from the French brand Emile et Ida. Their bags are in natural colours with cute designs and give off soothing cosy vibes. 90% of their production takes place in Portugal and unsold products are donated to charity. Their backpacks are completely made of cotton, which makes them recyclable!
For tough vikings
Real Vikings wear Danefae Organic. The brand attaches great importance to children's health so they're careful not to use any dangerous chemicals throughout production. They also regularly donate any surplus stock to SOS Children's Villages, families of cancer patients and orphanages such as DinNødhjælp in Nigeria. These sturdy backpacks are available from Hejsan Hoppsan in Mortsel.
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