Podcast Episode 196: A More Sustainable Back to School

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 196 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to an educator and mother of three about how families can find a more sustainable way to consume and shop as kids prepare to go back to school.

If you’re listening to this around the time the episode goes live on August 20th, it won’t have escaped you that it’s back-to-school shopping season. So while the wisdom here applies any time of year, I thought it would be a great time to have Rebecca Saha on the show to talk about how to approach all of this in a more sustainable way. Rebecca is a mom of three, a teacher-librarian, the co-owner of an online kids’ resale shop called iSpy Clothing. She’s passionate about educating other families about the human and environmental costs of fast fashion, and the advantages of living — and shopping — more sustainably. Rebecca shares her tips on how you can more mindfully cloth your family and have fun doing so.

Here are some resources related to this episode:


iSpy Clothing website

iSpy Clothing Facebook Page

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Rebecca’s Parenting Advice

“It came early on for me when, as a teacher, I had set my kids up with a playroom that looked like Montessori meets kindergarten. I mean, it was tricked out. I had some mom friends over, including some friends of my sister’s, and this really thoughtful mom said to me, ‘When kids have so much, how can anything be special?’ And it really resonated with me. Having one doll that is your special doll that you take everywhere versus having a bin of dolls is the comparison that I would make now, looking back. That question shaped me moving forward as a parent, making decisions about what I provided for my children.”

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by

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