Some back-to-school finds to pick up

We are gearing up for our Back to School issue of Austin360 next week. Here are some new products and an event to consider

Whole Foods, PBS Kids team up to help the Whole Kids Foundation

PBS Kids and Whole Foods Market have new school supplies, backpacks and lunch boxes.
PBS Kids and Whole Foods Market have new school supplies, backpacks and lunch boxes.

Austin-based Whole Foods Market has launched a line of school supplies with PBS kids that will support PBS Kids’ educational programming. PBS Kids is donationg 100 percent of the proceeds it receives to its educational programs, while Whle foods is donating 1 percent of total sales up to $25,000 to the Whole Kids Foundation.

The line includes Esperos organic canvas backpacks, $29.99; PBS Kids organic cotton canvas lunch totes with a cooler pocket, $15.99; PBS Kids organic cotton canvas pencil pouches, $7.99; PBS Kids reusable sandwhich bags, $8.99, and Glison Mudpuppy notebooks and folders made with soy ink on recycled paper, $4.99-$6.99.

They are available at Whole Foods stores as well as on

Teen Vogue shows off latest looks at local malls

Aug. 8 at Barton Creek Square and the Domain, Teen Vogue will showcase the latest trends through panel discussions, videos and trend talks. Catch it at noon to 4 p.m. throughout Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of Texas Highway, and 4 to 8 p.m. at the Great Lawn of the Domain, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza.

Eco-friendly lunch boxes you won’t mind toting aroundIMG_4538

The plastic or fabric lunch box can get gross, right? Eco Lunchbox offers stainless steel containers that are plastic-free, waste-free andBPA-free, as well as fabric totes to carry them around. They range in price from $20 for a solo cub to $26 for the three-in-one (three different size containers) to a giant three-in-one container for $45. The brand also has lunchboxes that have a silicone top instead of a stain-less steal one. YOu can carry them around in the Eco lunchbag backpack, $35, the button bag, $30 or the cross bag, $30.

Chooze backpacks feature different patterns.
Chooze backpacks feature different patterns.

Forget matching, Chooze your style

Chooze is a line of backpacks, lunch bags, shoes and leggings that don’t match — on purpose. They were created by a mom who had one of those kids who didn’t like anything matching. So, the two shoes have different designs, but in similar colors($24.95-$48.95); the leggings have one legging in one style and another in a complementary style ($34). The bags and lunch boxes mix patterns as well but in the same color scheme ($24.95-$43.95). Find them at Whole Earth Provision Co., Sandy’s Shoes, Kid O Shoes and Nordstrom in Austin and at


Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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