Back-to-School with Eco-Friendly Fabkins!

August 17, 2010

Reducing waste and promoting environmental resposibility in their children is a priority with many parents. One way to help with this is to use a product like Fabkins, cool reusable cloth napkins for kids that are perfect for a child's lunchbox and at-home use, too. Fabkins were created and designed by Marin mompreneurs Joyce Raffo and Paige Rodgers. (We interviewed Joyce and Paige in 2008 about their product and business; you can read that article here.)

Useful as both napkins and placemats, Fabkins encourage good table manners, and help reduce waste by eliminating the need to use paper napkins both with school lunches and meals at home. They are made of 100% certified organic cotton, and embroidered with fun designs in themes ranging from Prima Ballerina and African Safari to Xtreme Sports and Beach Bound. Fabkins retails for $10.95 for a starter set of two organic napkins, or $19.95 for a set of four, and can be purchased at numerous retail locations throughout the Bay Area or online at www.fabkins.com. Marin Mommies readers who order online can take 20% off their Fabkins purchase with the coupon code MM20 through August 31.

Other products offered by Fabkins include the Bamboo Bundle, an organic cloth napkin and kid-sized bamboo spork set ($8.95), and their Waste-free Lunch Kit, which comprises a Mimi the Sardine "Lunchbug" tote, two stainless steel Lunchbots containers, and two Fabkins cloth napkins ($46.50—a 25% savings over buying all these products individually).

Fabkins also participates in the Green My Lunchbox campaign, which promotes waste-free school lunches. Did you know that the average school lunch generates 67 pounds of waste during the course of one school year? You can learn more about the campagin at www.greenmylunchbox.com.

Here are some helpful back-to-school tips from the Fabkins website: