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Sustainable 'Back to School' Essentials

As we approach September, there will be one thought on every child's and parent’s mind: school. Going back to school is an exciting but also scary time – and back-to-school shopping can also be an exciting but scary task (for both child and parent!). We are here to help, with our 'Sustainable Back to School Essentials' - after all, what makes shopping better than knowing you are being kind to the planet (and yourselves) in the process?

New Uniform

Girl's Blue with Stars Bralette

 Girls' Almond Bralette

New skirts, new trousers, new shirts… and for some their first bras!

With first (& indeed all!) bras, comfort is an absolute necessity – it is a sensitive time and starting to regularly wear a bra can feel quite alien at first. Our range of girls' bras are made of 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, with no underwire or padding – they provides perfect support and coverage, without any compromise on comfort. But don't just take our word for it... Anika (aged 12) from Oxford said 
"I feel so comfortable in this and it makes me happy to know that it is good for the environment too, that's really important to me!"

Our Almond Bralette is very popular for under school uniform as it is totally invisible under a white shirt, but they also come in a range of other plain colours as well as four stylish patterns (designed by girls from Oxford!). From grey clouds to blue stars to yellow flowers, we have options for everyone. After all, we want shopping for your first bra to be super exciting! 

Girls' Blue with White Stars Knickers

We also offer matching knickers in many of our patterns, such as the blue with white stars, as seen above. And to save you some money at this time when costs are high, we automatically apply a 10% discount to any purchase of more than one individual item from our girls' range.

Buying your first bra often coincides with starting your period, and this can be daunting - with our FLUX Period Pants, you can have the comfort of knowing you are being protected from leaks all day long. They have a (hidden) built-in panel that is moisture wicking and super-absorbent - 'They look like regular underwear, but they work like *magic*'. Very ideal for a day at school! Alternatively, we also have OrganiCup Menstrual Cups - they can be left in for up to 12 hours, meaning leak- free periods all day! They come in a special 'Mini' size for teens (or those who need a smaller size) - plus they are reusable for years, which means a lot less plastic waste!

Blue with White Stars Scrunchie

To really complete your 'Back to School' ensemble, we recommend our 100% GOTS certified organic cotton scrunchies (that come in the same patterns as the bras and knickers!). Plus we also have Leiho Navy Blue Trainer and Ankle Socks, and White Trainer and Ankle Socks if you need socks as well as undies in your new wardrobe this term. 

StripWash Laundry Detergent

Unfortunately, more school uniform and more underwear does of course mean more clothes to wash - but don't worry because we can help you out with that too! Our StripWash Laundry Detergent Eco Strips provide a sustainable alternative to traditional liquids and powders. They are 'Zero water, Zero waste, Zero mess, Zero fuss' - plus, the strips dissolve very quickly in hot or cold water, perfect for camping, holidays and festivals (or when its Sunday evening and you've forgot to wash the sports kit!). 

New Lunch Box

Reusable Vegan Food Wraps

At Y.O.U Underwear we proudly stock items from other sustainable companies with values similar to ours. So we also have you covered on all your sustainable lunch box needs - instead of single-use sandwich bags or plastic clingfilm, why not try our Reusable Vegan Food Wraps? In a funky range of patterns, we are sure your kids will love them as much as the planet does! And for your other lunch box items, we have organic cotton lightweight produce bags.

A huge good luck to those starting another year of school from all of us here at Y.O.U, and Happy Shopping!

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