Someone told me I am a bad mom because I am making DS and DD reuse their backpacks from last year. DS (entering grade 2) has a bright green one with a skull. DD (entering grade 1) has a purple one with peace signs on it.
They are still in excellent shape, just need to be washed, so what's the point in buying new ones?
I make my kids reuse their backpacks if they are in good shape. I don't see the point in adding to an already growing garbage problem in our country. I even stitched up one of the pockets in DS2's backpack because it had come undone.
If they did need new backpacks, I make them wait until after school has started - Target is quick to put them on clearance.