Saturday, August 23, 2014

Track Your Impact Abroad with Eco-friendly School Supplies

Eco-friendly school supplies that make a difference. Photo: Michael Rajzman/Me to We

Have you finished your back-to-school shopping for all the backpacks, notebooks and lunch bags you're going to need this year? This year, for the first time, students and parents in Canada have the power to make a difference with their back-to-school purchases helping thousands of children in Latin America, Africa and Asia receive access to education.

Me to We Staples, and ACCO Brands launched Me to We’s first line of eco-friendly school supplies with an impact. Each product purchased from the line gives a life-changing gift directly to a child or family in a Free The Children developing community overseas so they are free to learn without the battles against hunger, thirst, disease and financial restraints. Free The Children is Me to We’s charity partner to which it donates half its net profits annually.

Me to We’s line of school supplies extends from backpacks and lunch bags, to tablet sleeves and notebooks, and are made from eco-friendly materials like recycled plastic bottles and post-consumer paper. As a part of Me to We’s Track Your Impact initiative, all products come with a unique eight-digit code for buyers to track exactly where their purchase gives a life-changing gift. Each product provides a different gift – backpacks give a student overseas school supplies for one year; binders ensure a tree will be planted; lunch bags give a child healthy meals, and reusable water bottles provide one year of clean drinking water for one person, among other gifts. As Canadian students gear up for class they will also help send their peers in developing communities to school.

You can take a look at the Me To We line of school supplies here on the Staples website. They range from about $2 to $30, available online or in stores nationwide.

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