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How to Get Ready for Back to School

Back to school season is just around the corner, so start planning early to avoid that post-Labour Day crunch. Even if you’re not hitting the books come September, adopt a back-to-school mindset and refresh your routine after a long summer of fun. From helping your kids stock up on school supplies to revamping your home office space, here’s how to prepare your littles—and yourself—for going back to school.

Pack a Litterless School Lunch

Go zero waste whether you’re packing school lunches or eating at your desk. Ditch single-use plastic baggies in favour of reusable Stasher bags. These silicone bags have a convenient snap top and come in an array of sizes and colours. Look for silicone or glass containers that double as dishes (such as the stylish W&P collection) and bento boxes to keep the components of delicious lunches separate. Stash all your lunchtime goodies in a stylish or patterned lunch bag, lunchbox, or tote—and don’t forget to bring along a stainless steel or insulated water bottle to stay hydrated. Consult a cookbook for easy, healthy lunch ideas for both kids and adults and say bon appetit.

Pick out a Backpack

Few things say back to school quite like a brand-new backpack. For kids, look to brands like eco-friendly Parkland (made with plastic water bottles), colourful Crocodile Creek, the Indigo exclusive Wonder Co., or Skip Hop for those in pre-K. Teens and adults can carry their books, laptops, and more in style with the timeless yet on trend Fjällräven Kanken backpack, as well as an assortment of campus cool and office chic options, such as Jansport backpacks, a Herschel Supply Co. bag, and Matt and Nat’s vegan leather products.

Stock up on School Supplies

Even though shopping for school supplies signals the end of summer, it’s so much fun to pick out new and shiny classroom tools. Amp up those back-to-school September vibes by helping your kids fill their pencil cases and backpacks with back-to-school supplies as unique as they are—we’re talking next-level notebooks, pencils stamped with fun phrases, gel pens, and so much more. You can also use this opportunity to stock your home office with new supplies and sustainable stationery from our Nóta collection, and bring that back-to-school feeling into your workspace, too.

Update their Book List

Add some new titles to their bookshelves as you raise a reader while they head back to school. Whether they’re reading for pleasure or for class, find teacher-approved kids’ books for students of all ages, from pre-K to high school. And for those starting fresh this September, pick up children’s books with a back-to- school theme to help get them ready for their first day.

Refresh Your Work-from-Home Space and Routine

Use the back-to-school season as an opportunity to check-in with yourself and recalibrate for a fresh start to fall. Now is the perfect time to think about what you want to accomplish before the end of the year. Stay on schedule with a 2021 agenda or calendar, organize your desk or entire home (if you’re feeling ambitious), own your finances, or learn more about an important issue through books that inspire change. Education is a lifelong journey, so make the most of the back-to-school season at home.