If you haven’t started shopping for school supplies, you’re officially a few days late. Staples declared July 14th the start of Back to School Shopping Season and they’re ready for you, with sales and great new items for kids. We were invited to one of their huge stores for an introduction to all they have to offer. They also offer Green products that aren’t over-priced so you won’t have to choose between saving the environment and your pennies. Staples didn’t only cater for every age group, they also thought about the different tastes of children. Just because they’re kids doesn’t mean they all love glitter and Hannah Montana.
The first thing that caught my eye was an extra, extra long zipper. I was wondering what it was supposed to be. As it turns out, its a pencil case. You zip it all the way up and its a handy case for pencils or, for us adults, makeup, hair accessories or anything you’d like. Staples pitted us against each other with a contest to see who could zip and unzip the case the fastest. I thought I was going to discover a hidden talent but I lost in the first round. At just 6 bucks, this is a different take on your everyday pencil case.
Another product that’s new this season is the Omnitech Portable Speaker. It is the cutest speaker ever! Its compatible with IPods, PSPs and MP3 players. This has a volume knob and can also plug right into the computer. It sounded too good to be true so I asked one of the salespeople to open one for me. I tried it with my MP3 player and the sound was amazing. For such a little speaker, its definitely powerful. I ended up buying one. At only $9.99, this was too good to pass up.
Staples is also going green this season. Among their green products are crayons made with reforested wood, recycled plastic and solar energy, eco-friendly paper products like notebooks and pads, pens made from recycled plastic and pencils made from tires. My favorite of the green products, though, was definitely the Westcott KleenEarth line. Not only are these made from recycled materials, they have Microban Antibacterial Protection. We all know how germy kids’ hands can get so this helps prevent the spread of these germs. Parents can choose from sharpeners, erasers, protractors and more.
Most, if not all, the products mentioned here are available in stores now. It is, after all, a few days into Back to School Shopping Season!
Written by Tabitha