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    Make Zero-Waste Back to School Kits an option, and your kit is FREE.

    Does it have to be my child’s teacher?

    No way. You don’t even need to have a kid to do this.  

    If you don’t have kids in school, and you don’t need school supplies, you could be a total hero and donate your code for a free kit to a family that could use a break.

    How do I help the teacher create a custom kit?

    Simple. Click here (or on the Create A Kit button on our home page) and follow the prompts. If you get stuck, chat us on the site and we’ll help you out.

    When should I do this?

    Sooner the better. Once summer starts, it’s trickier to connect with teachers.

    Hopefully, they’re somewhere out there enjoying a well-deserved summer vacation.

    How do I receive my free back to school kit?

    Chat us on the site or send an email to info@wisdomsupplyco.com

    Tell us your name + the name of the school so we can create a custom code giving you a 100% discount on the Zero Waste Kit you and your teacher just created.

    VERY IMPORTANT: When your teacher sends the email-link out to families, blind copy us. This helps us see that families have been informed that Zero-Waste is an option (that’s all we ask!).

    *We will never ever ever use any of the emails in the list for anything ever - won’t even look at them.  

    Ways We Can Work Together

    How can my school partner with wisdom?

    We have been working for the last few years to help schools reduce the amount of plastic and vinyl they are contributing to the waste stream.

    We've developed a number of ways to approach it, and a number of ways to pay for it.

    We're happy to create a custom program for your school:

    1. Whole school stocking program

    * Bay Area only at this time.
    This can be done with either the school or parents covering the cost of supplies.
    + The cost of supplies is split evenly between *85% of families (varies by school), which covers 15% of families that may not be able to contribute.
    This way, all students, regardless of income, have the same high-quality, zero-waste school supplies.
    + School decides when to collect contributions from parents but ideally contributions are made before the end of the school year prior to stocking. (Most families are hard to reach during the summer).
    Contribution Timeline = Anytime between April to late July/ early August
    Supplies arrive before the first day of school free of plastic packaging.

    2. hybrid program

    Shared supplies are shipped to the school.
    Personal supplies are shipped to the student's home.

    Families receive a link (from their teacher) to a custom/private page on the Wisdom Supply Co website

    + Families are asked to pay into a shared-supplies fund (pencils/paper/art supplies). Supplies are delivered to the school and kept in the classroom.
    + Families are given the choice of purchasing the rest of the teacher-recommended supplies (binders, notebooks, pencil tin etc) via the Wisdom Supply Co website - these items are pre-selected and can be added to or deleted so students have the option to reuse what they already have, or they can decide to purchase their supplies elsewhere.

    Contribution Timeline = Anytime between April to late July/ early August
    Supplies ship to school and homes in August before the first day of school, free of plastic packaging.

    3. Baby Steps

    Happy to work with any school to switch out one product line at a time. Every little bit, is that much less waste adding to landfills/oceans.
    Can take place anytime of year.

    4. Create a Custom Kit

    Any teacher can create a custom Zero Waste Back to School Kit on our website and share it with their students/families.
    Zero-Waste should be an option.
    Like a B2S Shopping List: Teachers create and send kits to families before students leave for summer/ well before the beginning of the following academic year.
    Supplies ship to homes in 5-7 business days.

    5. Crowdfund

    Any group of parents can use our site to crowdfund a program for their school.

    + Switch classrooms to zero-waste dry erase.
    + Fund wall mounted pencil sharpeners + sustainable supplies.
    + Custom Crowdfunding programs coming soon.

    Takes a handful of parents to kick in a nominal amount each, to help a school make big changes in reducing their waste.
    Program crowdfunding can take place anytime of year.

    Product FAQ

    What do your products replace?

    How much time do you have? We don't have quite enough space on this page so click here to see a sheet with more details.

    I have product suggestions I'd like to share

    Send them our way! info@wisdomsupplyco.com we're always happy to hear suggestions about waste-free products.

    Whole School Stocking Program - Bay Area Only (for now)

    How do teachers monitor which students paid into the program and which didn’t?

    Wouldn’t that be horrible?! As long as the financial goal is met, school supplies are provided for ALL students regardless of contribution.

    What if my daughter/son wants to bring their own supplies to school?

    We would never force anyone to use our products. Your child is welcome to use whichever supplies they favor.

    I can’t afford to contribute the recommended amount, but I still want to help reach the goal.

    Contributions are accepted in any amount, and are entirely confidential.
    Reach us at info@wisdomsupplyco.com and we'll get everything sorted.

    What if the total amount contributed exceeds the targeted goal?

    Teachers can use those funds for any additional inventory needed. At the end of the school year, remaining funds can either be used as a credit toward the next order, or we will issue a refund check to the school. Either way, we’ll share that information with everyone that contributed. Transparency Rules.

    What if we don’t reach the targeted goal?

    We high-five everyone for trying! Then we issue refunds in full, and turn it back over to your school, so you can be provided with a back to school shopping list.

    If your school didn't reach the whole-school goal, but you STILL like what we do, individual Kits of our Zero Waste School Supplies will be available for pre-order in the spring, and delivered to your home before school starts in the fall.

    What if we've paid into the system, but now we're moving, or sending our child to a different school?

    It happens. We’ll address situations like this in partnership with your school on a case by case basis - we’ll get it sorted out.

    Is this just another company cashing in on the “Eco Movement”?

    Heck no. We’re the real deal - if we can’t keep massive amounts of plastic and vinyl from entering the waste stream (that’s what got us into this), we’ll head back to the drawing board to find another way to combat plastic waste.

    Is this going to be expensive?

    Nope. We work to keep our pricing in line with what you would pay if you went out to shop for supplies yourselves.

    I have more questions

    No problem! Email us at info@wisdomsupplyco.com

    Does it have to be my child’s teacher?

    No way. You don’t even need to have a kid to do this.  

    If you don’t have kids in school, and you don’t need school supplies, you could be a total hero and donate your code for a free kit to a family that could use a break.

    How do I help the teacher create a custom kit?

    Simple. Click here (or on the Create A Kit button on our home page) and follow the prompts. If you get stuck, chat us on the site and we’ll help you out.

    When should I do this?

    Sooner the better. Once summer starts, it’s trickier to connect with teachers.

    Hopefully, they’re somewhere out there enjoying a well-deserved summer vacation.

    How do I receive my free back to school kit?

    Chat us on the site or send an email to info@wisdomsupplyco.com

    Tell us your name + the name of the school so we can create a custom code giving you a 100% discount on the Zero Waste Kit you and your teacher just created.

    VERY IMPORTANT: When your teacher sends the email-link out to families, blind copy us. This helps us see that families have been informed that Zero-Waste is an option (that’s all we ask!).

    *We will never ever ever use any of the emails in the list for anything ever - won’t even look at them.  

    Ways We Can Work Together

    How can my school partner with wisdom?

    We have been working for the last few years to help schools reduce the amount of plastic and vinyl they are contributing to the waste stream.

    We've developed a number of ways to approach it, and a number of ways to pay for it.

    We're happy to create a custom program for your school:

    1. Whole school stocking program

    * Bay Area only at this time.
    This can be done with either the school or parents covering the cost of supplies.
    + The cost of supplies is split evenly between *85% of families (varies by school), which covers 15% of families that may not be able to contribute.
    This way, all students, regardless of income, have the same high-quality, zero-waste school supplies.
    + School decides when to collect contributions from parents but ideally contributions are made before the end of the school year prior to stocking. (Most families are hard to reach during the summer).
    Contribution Timeline = Anytime between April to late July/ early August
    Supplies arrive before the first day of school free of plastic packaging.

    2. hybrid program

    Shared supplies are shipped to the school.
    Personal supplies are shipped to the student's home.

    Families receive a link (from their teacher) to a custom/private page on the Wisdom Supply Co website

    + Families are asked to pay into a shared-supplies fund (pencils/paper/art supplies). Supplies are delivered to the school and kept in the classroom.
    + Families are given the choice of purchasing the rest of the teacher-recommended supplies (binders, notebooks, pencil tin etc) via the Wisdom Supply Co website - these items are pre-selected and can be added to or deleted so students have the option to reuse what they already have, or they can decide to purchase their supplies elsewhere.

    Contribution Timeline = Anytime between April to late July/ early August
    Supplies ship to school and homes in August before the first day of school, free of plastic packaging.

    3. Baby Steps

    Happy to work with any school to switch out one product line at a time. Every little bit, is that much less waste adding to landfills/oceans.
    Can take place anytime of year.

    4. Create a Custom Kit

    Any teacher can create a custom Zero Waste Back to School Kit on our website and share it with their students/families.
    Zero-Waste should be an option.
    Like a B2S Shopping List: Teachers create and send kits to families before students leave for summer/ well before the beginning of the following academic year.
    Supplies ship to homes in 5-7 business days.

    5. Crowdfund

    Any group of parents can use our site to crowdfund a program for their school.

    + Switch classrooms to zero-waste dry erase.
    + Fund wall mounted pencil sharpeners + sustainable supplies.
    + Custom Crowdfunding programs coming soon.

    Takes a handful of parents to kick in a nominal amount each, to help a school make big changes in reducing their waste.
    Program crowdfunding can take place anytime of year.

    Product FAQ

    What do your products replace?

    How much time do you have? We don't have quite enough space on this page so click here to see a sheet with more details.

    I have product suggestions I'd like to share

    Send them our way! info@wisdomsupplyco.com we're always happy to hear suggestions about waste-free products.

    Whole School Stocking Program - Bay Area Only (for now)

    How do teachers monitor which students paid into the program and which didn’t?

    Wouldn’t that be horrible?! As long as the financial goal is met, school supplies are provided for ALL students regardless of contribution.

    What if my daughter/son wants to bring their own supplies to school?

    We would never force anyone to use our products. Your child is welcome to use whichever supplies they favor.

    I can’t afford to contribute the recommended amount, but I still want to help reach the goal.

    Contributions are accepted in any amount, and are entirely confidential.
    Reach us at info@wisdomsupplyco.com and we'll get everything sorted.

    What if the total amount contributed exceeds the targeted goal?

    Teachers can use those funds for any additional inventory needed. At the end of the school year, remaining funds can either be used as a credit toward the next order, or we will issue a refund check to the school. Either way, we’ll share that information with everyone that contributed. Transparency Rules.

    What if we don’t reach the targeted goal?

    We high-five everyone for trying! Then we issue refunds in full, and turn it back over to your school, so you can be provided with a back to school shopping list.

    If your school didn't reach the whole-school goal, but you STILL like what we do, individual Kits of our Zero Waste School Supplies will be available for pre-order in the spring, and delivered to your home before school starts in the fall.

    What if we've paid into the system, but now we're moving, or sending our child to a different school?

    It happens. We’ll address situations like this in partnership with your school on a case by case basis - we’ll get it sorted out.

    Is this just another company cashing in on the “Eco Movement”?

    Heck no. We’re the real deal - if we can’t keep massive amounts of plastic and vinyl from entering the waste stream (that’s what got us into this), we’ll head back to the drawing board to find another way to combat plastic waste.

    Is this going to be expensive?

    Nope. We work to keep our pricing in line with what you would pay if you went out to shop for supplies yourselves.

    I have more questions

    No problem! Email us at info@wisdomsupplyco.com

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