The School Year Has Begun + Giveaway

The school year has begun and I’m starting to settle into a routine. With three at school this year, I have to be organised to keep up with the home readers, uniforms, music practice, choir practice, homework, newsletters,  notes from the teachers, excursion money, tuckshop and school lunches.  Oh, and then there’s library day, swimming day, sports day and art day. I miss school holidays already…

Recently, I put together an Environmentally Friendly Back to School Range as I’m making small changes to the way I do things at home to create a more sustainable way of living. One of the products I featured was the Lopees original envelope. 

Lopees is a company who encourage environmental sustainability. Their products are made from 100% organic cotton under a Fair Trade system in India.  I’ve been talking with Nicole Golland, the designer of the original Lopeesdid you know envelope, about how the products may help parents with children at school. When Nicole’s son started school she noticed how many paper envelopes she went through and decided to do something about it. The Lopees envelope was born. Now there’s an entire range of products that can assist parents, schools and organisations. 

Good on you Nicole! 

Today, I’m telling you about two of my favourite Lopees products.

1. Lopees original envelope (LOP-NSP) 

I adore the original Lopees envelope.  I store my mobile phone inside and use it to send money to school.

lopees original envelope

Use it for

* Notes to the teacher

* Excursion money

* Mobile phones

* Tuckshop money

* Keys

* Storing receipts

2. Lopees Natural Cotton Shopping Bag

Here’s $2.50 you can feel good about.  These cotton shopping bags are incredibly handy.  My children painted the bags and use them to carry library books.

Lopees Cotton shopping Bag

Use it for

* Library bag

* Shopping bag

* Gift bag

* Mother’s Day

* Father’s Day

* Playgroup activity

* School Fundraiser

The children used a range of painting techniques.

Tip: Insert a sheet paper inside the bag before painting to ensure paint doesn’t seep through to the back.

children painting

How cute do the bags look drying on the line?

Paint natural cotton shopping bags

School Paperwork Organisation

I’m minimising the amout of envelopes I waste but there’s still all the paperwork that comes home from school to deal with!  My children place newsletters and notes in a designated office tray and I go through the pile later. This way the paperwork doesn’t get lost under a pile of washing.

organising school paperwork

To keep track on what everyone is doing, and on what day, I use the Mooo Family Calendar I featured in this post: Getting Ready for School with Mooo.

The key to managing the variables of a new school year is finding a routine that works for your family. Lopees can help too!

Have you found your school groove yet? Are you struggling to find a routine that works for you?


Giveaway now closed: Congratulations El

I’m thrilled to be able to give 1 Be A Fun Mum reader the pictured (below) school pack from Lopees (valued at $27.50). To enter, visit the Loopes product page and come back here to leave a comment about which product would be most useful to you. 

* One Entry Per Person

* Australian residents only

* I will draw the winner by random number on the closing date.

* The winner will be notified via email and an update on this post.

* Giveaway open from 12 February to Friday 18 February 2011

Environmentally Friendly Office Products

Pack consists of:

* LOP-NSP – small Lopees envelope.
* LOP-DLSP – DL size Lopees (can be used as a pencil case or Newsletter holder).
* LOP-LIB – Lopees Library Bag (the students can decorate them anyway they would like).
* LOP-A4MPH – Lopees A4 Reader bag, for a safe and secure way to take readers to and from school.

Other School Posts

Environmentally Friendly Stationery

Head Lice: Treatment Options

Go Green: Environmentally Friendly School Products

How Can I Support My School Child

Covering School Books

Approaching a School Teacher With a Problem

Take Mum to School: Make a School First Aid Kit

Encouraging Strength of Character

I Have Three Crushes

Social Stories

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. El P says

    If I were working, I’d be recommending we implement the resuable internal mail envelopes. I didn’t realise at first that the inserts were resuable as well. Awesome!

    For back to school though, I love the envelope/bookbag with handles most. I’d probably insert a little plastic document slip so my DS could bring his drawings home without getting them crumpled. He was so upset the other day because he tore his colouring page in his rush to show me.

    Shopping for myself, I love the patterned shoulder bag – Would make a great ‘big-girl’ library bag ; )

    Thanks for the links on the Go Green page too. I love the resuable lunch packaging options. Will definitely be forwarding these two pages to like-minded friends. Cheers.


  2. Chrissy Grainger says

    I love the LOP-A3MPH What a great idea for storing art and documents so they don’t get damaged. Ingenious.

  3. Amy says

    Absolutley love the library bags and the idea for decorating them. What a great way to get kids interested in going to the library with their very own personalised book bag!

  4. Melanie Graham says

    I love all of these wonderful items. I want them all lol. But the small LOP-NSP (11cm x 15cm) envelope is just ideal for us. Something to put the kids lunch and tuckshop money in, somewhere to put the money for the school’s mother day, father’s day, and christmas stalls and the Year 7’s Fair day, excursions, absentee notes. Just brilliant!! Thank you.

  5. mellie jane says

    What a fantastic idea the library bag and reader bag would both be most useful in our house but with 3 at school id have to get a couple more theres sure to be a squable over who gets what

  6. says

    Those envelopes are fantastic. I was thinking about them this afternoon as I put the girls lunch orders together. Both my girls got fabric lunch order bags for Christmas thanks to their lovely Aunty. However I had to use a plastic bag to put the money in as I was worried about the coins falling out, while I was labeling the plastic bag with the girls name and a big ‘please return for reuse’ it occurred to me the fabric envelopes would be perfect solution.

    I’ve seen the Lopees fabric bags at Heidi’s school fair last year as part of a fundraiser. We decorated them with crayon and they make great library bags.

  7. Sam says

    We just joined the library last week and are in need of library bags. These would be great – I love that the kiddies can decorate them!

  8. Jodie says

    I like the idea of the art portfolio. Be easy to throw all the art in to come home from kindy rather than trying to scrunch it into the kindy bag. I can also see the benefit of the small envelope once my daughter is at school.

  9. says

    Definitely the drawstring library bag. I’m thinking of using these as a craft activity for my next birthday party. Something fun and useful for the kids to take home

  10. Kym says

    The library bag would be my fav, I could see my daughter filling it up with books on our trip to the library. One of those moments when you take a memory picture to keep forever.

  11. Fionna says

    I love the library bags that your children can paint. They are just what we were looking for last May when my Daughter started 3yo Kinder. We couldn’t find any so we just “recycled” a bread flour bag and painted on the blank side.

  12. El P says

    Thanks Kelly! I received my package yesterday – I’m actually really impressed by the quality of the products. They look very durable. Would recommend those interested to purchase their fave item at least. Thanks again. El P

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