Let’s start the new school year off right: green, green, and more green

We have a couple more weeks left before our first day of school and I am trying to savor every moment. Even the fits and tantrums. Each one is going off to school this year. Even though baby girl will only be in pre-school a couple of days a week, it will be a huge change for me.

A new start for anything is a great catalyst for making changes. A new job, a new city, a new year, sometimes even just a new day can prompt us to make a change for the better. I hope more families will make the choice to go green for the beginning of this school year and keep it up through the whole year (and beyond).

I am excited to tell you about a new change in my life. I am a new contributor for the new SocialMoms.com site and have written a trio of articles about going green for back to school. I would love if you went over there and checked out (and shared!) my articles. There are some great tips and you can help me out in the comments if I missed any of yours.

  1. Going Green and Eco-Friendly for Back to School Supplies
  2. Going Green for the Entire School Year
  3. Get Involved to Make a Green School

SocialMoms has started working with some fabulous mama writers to deliver well-written, well-researched articles about everything from tech and politics to food and style, of course my favorite is probably the green parenting section! ;) SocialMoms also has an interesting loyalty program that encourages participation and support for our fellow mamas and in turn allows you to collect reward points that can be used to give charitable donations, or even earn gift cards or PayPal payments!

One question consistently asked of me about going green for back to school is how to find organic clothing, eco-friendly products, at a reasonable price? Look for what products will save you money in the long-term and help keep our kids and their world healthier.

I answer a lot of those questions in my SocialMoms articles, but here is a run down of my favorite consumer solutions to find eco-friendly and organic clothing for babies, preschoolers, and even big kids for less.

Lots of brands are also beginning to see that they can reach a broader audience and introduce families to their eco-friendly brand at more affordable prices through the daily deal sites. Sometimes you have to be patient, other times you have to be quick, but each site has had some amazing deals on great brands.

My favorite daily deal sites:

Pure Citizen – brings you a flash 72 hour sale featuring a company that is making our world a better place. Not only will their stories inspire you, but also for three days you have exclusive access on our site to purchase their items for 30% off or more. I love their innovative feature that allows you, if you wish, to give back a portion of your savings to a featured non-profit.

Zulily – offering daily sales events with savings of up to 70% on top-quality apparel, gear and other goodies for moms, babies and kids. Zulily loves to find deals on favorite styles, and love introducing members to exciting new brands, too.

The Mini Social – an online sample sale website offering its members exclusive access to designer brands for mom, baby and child at up to 70% off.

Totsy – a referral based private sale shopping experience that offers moms and families with exclusive deals and preferred pricing on hand-selected pregnancy, baby, kids up and family related items and services. Sales are up to 90% off.

HauteLook – New sale events each day featuring the best names in women’s and men’s fashion and accessories, beauty, kids’ apparel and toys, home décor, and travel getaways at up to 75% off.

Gilt Children – Gilt Groupe provides instant insider access to today’s top designer labels, at up to 60% off retail. Become a member and find something new every day for women, men, kids and home.

Fab.com – features feature designers’ best products and design offerings through daily design inspirations and sales at up to 70% off retail.

Some of my favorite shops and retailers are also offering some special deals right now for back to school:

Help fundraise for schools in need while shopping at The Ultimate Green Store.com!One of my favorite, one-stop online sites for green living is The Ultimate Green Store. They are currently offering:

  • 10% OFF Eco-Friendly School Bags, Lunchboxes & Supplies with code: ECOSCHOOL
  • Or Free Shipping on orders over $50 with code: TUGSFREESHIP

Take 20% Off reuseit Lunch ItemsPlus, reuseit.com is offering:

  • Aug 16th – Aug 22nd Free shipping offer. Domestic (US) orders only, subtotal must be $50 or more. Enter the code AUGSHIP at check out.
  • Aug 18th – Aug 31st Exclusive offer: Free Nalgene® bottle – Any size order. Enter FREEH2O at check out.
  • Standing Offer: Free gifts for new customers. Consumer’s choice of our best-selling ultra compact bag, bamboo flatware, an organic & cotton “Everything Cloth” set or the “World’s Smallest Shopping Bag Set” – three ultra-compact bags that stuff into a tiny drawstring sack (items subject to change).

Nubius Organics is offering a lot of Eco-Friendly Clearance that will be perfect for back to school shopping!

For all the mamas that need a new look (or fashionable teens and college students) ecolissa is offering an exclusive 20% off with coupon code: eco20 for Almost All The Truth readers!

SAVE 15%! Sign up for the Wild Dill newsletter and receive a discount code in your e-mail box for 15% off of your next order.

There are some fabulous giveaways for some of those aforementioned eco-friendly back to school supplies:

My Plastic-Free Life is hosting Giveaway: Reusable Plastic-Free Lunch Containers and Bags from LunchBots, Graze Organic, & Three Little Birds.

Mindful Momma is hosting Two Reusable Lunch Sack Giveaways: Graze Organic & Kids Konserve

The Mighty Nest is hosting Waste Free Lunch & School Gear Giveaway!

Natural Parents Network is hosting Giveaway: ConservingNow Envirosax 5-in-1 Pouch

Safe Mama is hosting Safer Nap Mats by Wildkin (Giveaway from The Glass Baby Bottle!)

Inhabitat is hosting a HUGE back to school giveaway BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY: Enter to Win a HP Pavilion dv6 Laptop and Green Prize Package (Worth $1155!)

Lisa from Retro Housewife Goes Green is hosting Reuseit Giveaway and Coupon Code (but it ends tonight, so hurry!)

Do you have tips for how to green the school year or an eco-friendly back to school giveaway? Link up!

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