It’s that time of year– back-to-school for some, and back to routine for others. With this new start often comes shopping for school and work supplies. Amidst the excitement, we can overlook the environmental impacts of this modern tradition. Here are some of our favourite tips to make your September more sustainable.
1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Thinking twice about the necessity of the supplies you buy can make a huge positive difference for the environment in the long run. Buying new supplies may seem easier than organizing notebooks, paper, pens and pencils you already have at home. However, this activity can be a nice alternative family tradition around the back to school season, and you may discover some forgotten gems!
2. Low-waste Lunches.
Try incorporating lower-waste products and habits into your family's routine to reduce waste and save money long-term. Try durable plastic, glass or metal containers for lunches, and reusable snack bags such as Stasher bags rather than disposable bags. For an extra environmental benefit, try incorporating plant-based or plant-forward lunches, with tasty and healthy snacks such as veggies and hummus, fresh fruits, quinoa salad, etc.
If possible, walking or biking to work/ school can be a nice way to start the day with some movement, while also reducing emissions. Public transportation can also be a nice option, and can provide a little time to do something you enjoy, like reading a good book, or listening to a podcast.
For those who need to drive, even something as simple as turning off the engine while waiting in your car for a school pick-up and drop-off can make a difference!
4. Don’t buy if you don’t need to.
Buying the trendy but cheap version of school supplies each year contributes to overproduction and fashion waste. Consider products that are made with durable materials that can keep up with heavy items and daily use, and a simple, classic design that will never go out of style. If a simple design seems too dull, try customizing your bag with iron-on patches for a more unique look!
The Best BEDI bags for Back to School
Featuring a discrete outer pocket, interior zip pocket, 15” laptop sleeve, and a spacious interior, the ROBIN comfortably fits everything you need for the day. It can be hand carried, slung over-the-shoulder, or worn cross-body with the detachable long strap.The durable, water resistant fabric and zip top keep your items protected from the elements.
The ROBIN is a great option for those who would like an alternative to a backpack, but still want something comfortable, easy to carry and spacious.
Carry the CHE with ease and style, no matter your destination. Wear it as a traditional backpack, or use the side handle for a briefcase style.
Slip your computer in the laptop sleeve (fits up to a 15” laptop), pop your phone in one of the two exterior zip pockets for easy access, and keep your wallet secure but accessible in the interior zip pocket. The spacious interior comfortably fits a lunch container, reusable water bottle, textbook, and a sweater for those chilly autumn mornings.
For those in need of a comfortable bag with a bit of extra space to fit all the required gear. A unique boxy backpack, the WRIGHT is wider than it looks, with a large opening and concealed zipper compartment. Made of Econyl®, this water resistant bag is available new, and in our Second Life Collection at a discounted price.
We encourage you to check out our second Life program that allows you to dispose of the bags you don’t want anymore and ensures that it never ends up in landfill. In this Second Life Program, we recuperate the pre-loved BEDI Studios bags and give them a discount so that they can find a new home.