Got enough wrapping paper? Had enough cookie dough? Don’t really want your family eating cardboard pizza (and worse) to make a few bucks for the school? YES, there are plenty of other choices; here are a few fundraisers you can feel good about buying and having your kids ask your friends and family to buy:

ECO LUNCH BOXES – (Lafayette) I can make a personal testament to this product, I have it, I use it daily, and I love it. These stainless steel containers are a great plastic-free alternative that’s dishwasher safe and kid-friendly and comes in different shapes and sizes. Two easy fundraisers let you earn 15% of sales for your school. We have 20% coupons today and if you haven’t already, feel free to enter a ticket into the raffle cup to win your own! WWW.ECOLUNCHBOXES.COM

BACK TO THE ROOTS (Oakland) – This mushroom kit is family fun, is easy farm/garden to table education with food on your table in ten days plus you can earn 40% of the $20 retail, no minimum sales and easy ordering. WWW.BACKTOTHEROOTS.COM
DOORSTEP FARMERS (Pleasant Hill) – This is a win-win all the way around! DS is a “CSA” that gets fresh, local, organic produce delivered to your home or school, weekly or bi-weekly, with easy online opt-in opt-out selections, boxes sized for families of all sizes, recipes, newsletters, and a fundraising set-up that can develop a continuous income stream for the school and the more people buy, the more you money you can make. WWW.DOORSTEPFARMERS.COM
SCHOOL GARDEN COMPANY (SONOMA) – I met Lisa years ago when she was started this small company selling herbal products that earn schools 50%! She still makes her products small –scale using local and organic ingredients and donates all her profits to support school programs. WWW.SCHOOLGARDENCO.COM

TRIPLE TREE KIDS (SF) – While I’m not personally familiar with this company, they seem to have a great philosophy – and versatile line of products from eco-friendly wearables to stainless steel water bottles, and even fair trade organic coffee and chocolates – something for everyone on your list, probably a good choice for a holiday fundraiser. WWW.TRIPLETREEKIDS.COM
Looking for a new spin on the tired old bake sale? Something with a healthier twist? How about a plant sale? A great way to get the kids involved, encourage them to eat healthier, and get them started growing their own plants at home. Nanette Heffernan from Springhill Elementary in Lafayette is here to tell us how she did this, and how you can do it at your school too! Check out her blog at WWW.CRUNCHYWISDOM.COM.
Want to help build spirit at your school with branded items that kids need and use that help the planet too? Laura Valvassori of Vista Grande Elementary Danville did just that by selling branded stainless steel water bottles and pouch pals that replace those wasteful plastic bags – learn more about this and other exciting happenings at this school at A PORTRAIT IN SUSTAINABILITY: VISTA GRANDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Remember, you vote with every dollar you spend and the greenest way to spend your greenbacks is to spend them locally. so please encourage your school to try a local and sustainable fundraisers next year!
Tips courtesy of Sustainable Schools Connection is a project of Generation Green, a 501(C)(3) Corporation

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