Innovative add-ons for school
CWB’s pick of school accessories with a little added extra.
By Laura Turner
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18 December 2013
Stamptastic offers a new solution to labelling school uniform, sportswear and belongings with an easy-to-use, personalised name stamp that can be accurately positioned and printed on any surface including fabric, wood, plastic or metal. Stamptastic stamps can be personalised with names up to 22 letters long, and the ink is designed to endure repeated washing, wear and tear. Intended as a one-off purchase, each stamp and ink pad is designed to last for years.
Caribee’s Ice Breaker school bag includes a host of useful features including a cooler compartment in the front pocket to keep sandwiches fresh and drinks cool, and a Predator whistle for added safety. Constructed to withstand the rough and tumble of daily school life, the bag also has an action back extreme harness system, an organiser panel and a dedicated audio pocket with cord port.
Toughees’ non-polish leather school shoes take the effort out of caring for footwear due to a coating that provides extra protection and shine, requiring just a wipe with a damp cloth to keep the shoes shiny. Manufactured in South Africa since 1954 and introduced to the UK market four years ago, the mid-priced leather school footwear brand currently sells more than four million pairs of school shoes a year. Toughees is distributed in the UK by New Brands.
Onya Bags’ reusable lunch bag, Onya Lunch, is made from recycled bottles and comes in a choice of five colours. Complete with a name window and a Velcro fastener, Onya Lunch offers a waste-free and sustainable alternative to cling film or tin foil and also doubles up as a mat to eat over. It is adjustable and will accommodate both large and small lunches.
William Turner is the manufacturer and distributor of the Backcare Active Backpack, which is the only bag endorsed by BackCare, the charity researching children’s back health. Designed with back protection in mind with its patented, curved underside, the Backcare Active Backpack helps spread the load, with ergonomic carrying straps, a lightweight profiled back panel and carrying advice printed internally. The backpack, which comes in sizes small and large, is available from stock in black and navy and is suitable for print and embroidery. For every bag sold, a contribution goes to BackCare.
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