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How to Make Back-to-School More Eco-Friendly

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photo by Steven Depolo

It’s hard to believe, but Labour Day is just a few days away — which means that the return to school is coming next week for most kids. For many parents, this time of year means a rush to finish the back-to-school shopping, with lists of essentials that seem to get longer every year.

Considering the money spent getting kids ready for school — $7.7 billion at family clothing stores alone in the U.S. in August — this is one area where making greener choices can really have an impact. Here’s five ways you can make this year’s shopping trip a little friendlier on the earth, and maybe on your wallet as well.


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5 Easy Craft Ideas for Kids

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(photo by Silly Eagle Books)

Kids are done school for the summer, and the hot, humid weather makes the thought of going outside somewhat unappealing — or even unsafe, with the smog alerts and high UV indexes we’re seeing this month. But anybody who’s tried to keep restless kids occupied knows it’s a tough job, and while trips to places like the zoo or the pool are fun, they can also get expensive.

If you’re looking for some low-cost, eco-friendly and easy craft ideas for kids, head to Pinterest. This photo-sharing social site is a treasure trove of ideas for kid-friendly crafts that won’t break the bank. Many of them can be executed with materials you have at home, and by using supplies that involve recycling household waste — that saves you money and keeps things out of the trash. It’s also a great way to give kids a lesson in the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling while keeping them busy on a rainy or super-hot afternoon.

Here are a few of our favourite eco-friendly crafts and DIYs:


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Vegan Kids, Vegetarian Kids or Omnivorous Kids? Nutrition is Key

There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to raising a child, and one of those is how your baby will be fed. Most families feed their kids in a way similar to how they eat — regardless of whether or not your own diet is omnivorous, vegetarian, or vegan, you probably wonder how to ensure that your baby gets a good balance of nutrients and enjoys a variety of foods. Here’s an overview of considerations and resources for each kind of diet, with children in mind.
(Photo by Julian Lee, via Flickr)


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