Back to School Essentials

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Back to school is officially here! 

You know what that means...packed lunches, bad hair days, indoor / outdoor shoes, homework, early morning wake up's and watching the days getting shorter! 

Our Top Canadian school picks: What Canadian products to get this school year & WHY!?

1. Zapped Hats  - It is officially Hat Season & we have exciting news to share... our new line of toques and beanie hats coming out soon are made right here in Canada. We could not be more proud to have products be made locally.. Make sure to follow us on Instagram to see right when the new line launches!

2. Smart Sweets What we love about smart sweets along with being produced in Canada is the guarantee of no sugar, sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners. Started by a young 22-year-old from Vancouver, they have really taken off. The sweets are guilt free deiloucsness perfect for your little one's lunch bags! So good you can even find Tara and her Smart Sweets on the Forbes 30 under 30 list!

3. Laid Back Snacks- We have your lunch snack covered... now what about after school snacks. Time for some Laid Back Snacks..  Founders Neil and Ryley have combined their love of snacking with mindful eating to create the most tasty yet healthy treats. From flavours ranging from "First Date Bites" , " C'mon Cinnamon" and "Mexican Remix" the options are endless. They also have great deals where you can buy boxes of different combo's of snacks of either boxes of 5, 10 or 20. What is not to love about guilt free snacking?

4.  Mini Mioche -Created by Canadian Alyssa Kerbel, who struggled to find neutrals that were ethically sourced for her young daughter. All of her clothes are made in Canada & are  “ GOTS certified”. They even make sure to use cotton yarns that are dyed locally using low-impact, non-toxic, reusable dyes. You can shop Mini Mioche online, or in stores at two Toronto, Ontario locations Check out more about Mini Mioche here & how they strive to make a better future for the little ones in our lives.

If you're curious to learn more about "Why isn't more clothing made in Canada", we were too and this is a quick and insightful Maclean's read. Here's a snapshot: Buying affordable domestically made clothing isn't as easy as the "shop local" mantra makes it sound. Here's how we got here - and what it would take for the industry to return to its former glory.

Happy fall and back-to-school! 

From the Zapped Family -

Visit our website and our amazing retailers for the BEST in stylish reflective products.  Including Reflective Backpack, Reflective Jacket, Reflective Hat and much more!  Thanks for supporting local. 

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