I thought it was exciting to head back to school after summer break as a kid, but this is the first year I’m really experiencing the giddy excitement of back-to-school season as a parent. I’d never wish away summer, but there’s something so comforting about both the return to routine and the increased independence that a new school year brings for everyone. Here’s my imaginary first day of school outfit. Even a mom can dream.
A Twister tee for having fun.
Move over plastic markers, enter wax pastels.
A linen pouch for school supplies and other things.
Reusable inter-departmental mail envelopes , forever please.
A fresh pair of jeans, just waiting to be broken in and loved for a longtime.
A classic pack made from recycled water bottles.
New sneaks on a mission to do some good.
In an effort to ground all of this make-believing in something a bit more down to earth, another place to direct our attention:
The Amazon Rainforest: It’s burning. The Amazon Rainforest provides 20% of the Earth’s oxygen, it’s home to more than 400 indigenous groups and 30% of the world’s species. It’s currently burning at an unprecedented rate—up more than 80% from this time last year—thanks in large part to environmental deregulation that has encouraged deforestation.
+ Donate: Céline Semaan of Study Hall has worked closely with Veja, makers of the sneakers shown above, and a leader in ethical shoe production and rubber sourcing in the Amazon Rainforest. On recommendation from folks on the ground in Brazil, she suggests donating to the local organization Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) which is supporting Indigenous people and their fight to protect the Amazon rainforest. You can find more of their work at #PovosdaFloresta.
+ Learn: Read more here about Indigenous activists working to save the Amazon Rainforest.
+ Vote with your wallet. Find Rain Forest Alliance certified goods. Support companies like Veja and Cariuma that champion ethical rubber production. Consider the source of agricultural products like beef, soy, and palm oil, many of which rely on deforestation of the Amazon for production.
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