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What type of school label is right for me?

With children going back to school you may have started compiling a list of all the things they need for the new year. If labels are in that list (and it should!) you may be finding it hard to decide what kind you makes more sense to get so we have broken it down for you. 

Colour Stickers

Our most versatile name tags. Colour sticker name tags are a good option if you are looking for a label that can stick on everything. They can be used on clothing (on the care label) and all stationery, books, and even lunchboxes and drinking bottles. You can personalise them with your chosen background, icon, font and font colour so you can create the perfect label for your child. Each set comes with 56 labels each 30 x 13mm in size. 

Iron on Labels

Iron on labels will be the best option for clothing. You can label school uniforms, jumpers, blazers, shirts, PE Kits, anything your child is likely to take off and lose. Our Iron on labels can also be used on socks, coats, scarves and gloves. You can personalise them with your chosen background, icon, font and font colour so you can create a label that suits your child. The labels can be applied directly onto the fabric and will last even after being repeatedly washed. 

Maxistickers

Our Maxistickers make personalising your child’s items even more fun. Perfect for bigger items such as lunchboxes, notebooks, water bottles, shoes. A set has 21 maxistickers in several shapes and sizes – circles, squares and rectangles all on one set! Each label also comes in a slightly different design (within a theme) so it’s a great option if you are looking for a bit more variety.

Ministickers

The more stylish and discreet option, our ministickers are perfect to label smaller objects that are even easier to lose. They are ideal to label lots of items quickly – all the pens, pencils, markers, rulers. Because they are smaller they are also a great option for older kids as they don’t come with an icon and have a solid background. We’ve got 4 different colour themes to choose from and you are able to add a first name or a surname (as it’s smaller you are only able to add one line of text). A set has 175 ministickers and each is 16 x 6mm.

Labelling your child’s things is incredibly important, it helps them easily identify what is theirs, helps reduce lost property in schools and nurseries and helps avoid you having to rebuy things. They also encourage your children not to share things with other children, leading to a reduction in the spread of germs which, at the moment, is very important.

Visit our website to find out more about My Nametags and our personalised name tags

What is the real cost of our children’s lost property?

We all know children lose stuff…toys, socks, stationery, cuddly toys, books, shoes… in fact children in Ireland permanently lose 13 possessions every year on average, that equates to a staggering 13 million items lost per year in total! This can add up to quite a considerable amount of money, but have you ever stopped to think about the environmental impact of these losses….

The Real Cost of Lost Property 

We recently discovered, through research undertaken on our behalf by Censuswide, that 500 tonnes of plastic waste is generated by children’s lost toys in Ireland every year. That is the equivalent of over 30 million plastic bottles ending up in landfill* which really is a staggering figure. 

Some other interesting findings revealed by the research in relation to the items lost by Irish children each year included:

  1. Toys were identified as the most commonly lost item by children in Ireland (47%), closely followed by socks (36%), stationery (30%) and cuddly toys (23%) – all of these items have quite a high proportion of unsustainable materials, including plastic. 
  2. ¼ of Irish parents admitted that their child most commonly lost reusable plastic water bottles

Where do our lost items go? 

The research also revealed exactly what it is we think happens to our lost items and of course what actually happens. 1/5 of Irish parents surveyed stated that they felt that lost items would always be returned to them, while just 9% recognised that their lost property would probably end up in landfill. However, those surveyed also revealed that over 66% of the time their lost items are never found which would suggest that as many as 2/3’s of lost items could end up in landfill, which is not good news for our environment. 

So, what do we do when items are lost? 

Well, research found that over 1 in 10 of those surveyed admitted to replacing the lost items as soon as possible using online shopping platforms. This approach adds to the environmental impact of lost property, particularly when considering the additional emissions generated by delivery. Interestingly, only 24% of parents said they currently take certain measures to help reduce future lost property, such as using name labels. 

Commenting on the research findings, Lars B. Andersen, Managing Director at My Nametags, comments: “Children’s lost property is a significant problem, not just for parents who have to replace the lost items, but for the environment too. We all know there is a climate crisis, and everyone is doing their bit to reduce their impact on the planet, whether that is eating less meat, reducing use of single-use plastics, or installing energy-efficient light bulbs. However, there remains a gap in our knowledge about the impact that lost property could be having on the environment. Clothing is a key example of this. Many fabrics used to create children’s clothes and accessories include synthetic fibres made from plastic. As a result, when these items are unnecessarily lost, it can have a big impact on the planet.” 

So, what can we do to help reduce our lost property & make our clothing last longer? 

To help parents reduce the environmental impact of lost items, we have put together a list of top tips for preventing lost property and ingenious hacks to make clothing last longer! 

Create designated places in your children’s bag for each item

Create a certain spot for their lunchbox / water bottle / stationery / copy books – this will make it easier for your child to notice if any items are missing . Keep small objects in a pocket or purse with a zip rather than using your pockets 

Use name labels

Especially for items that are regularly taken out of the home to school or nursery, labelling items makes it easier for people to return them if they become lost. Also consider adding a phone number as well as a name to more valuable items 

Do a double check

Do a double check before leaving your house, school or anywhere else and get your child in the habit of double-checking that they have everything too!  It’s easier to find lost items when they first go missing than later down the line 

Attach a smart finder

For more valuable possessions, consider attaching a smart finder which will track your item wherever it goes – this is particularly useful for phones or even keys! 

If you or your child does lose something, try not to worry

Stay calm and think back together where you were when you were last using the item 

Be more organised

Designate particular boxes or folders for certain items by labelling them (i.e.: box for jigsaws / soft toys / homework / important documents) and then get in the habit of using these boxes and folders daily 

Top tips for making clothing last longer & reducing your clothing waste

Quality over quantity

Where possible, opt for a few quality pieces over lots of low-cost items. Cheaper garments tend to be made from synthetic fabrics which will wear much quicker and have a negative impact on the environment 

Don’t overfill the washing machine

Overfilling a washing machine not only means clothes won’t wash properly but they will also rub against each other more which can cause damage and fading

Reduce the amount of fabric detergent

Using large amounts of detergent can increase the fragility of some fabrics, such as Lycra, and can cause them to become stiff

Wash dark clothing inside out

To avoid dark clothing fading, wash them inside out to preserve the colour. This also works for graphic t-shirts to prevent the print from cracking and fading

Fold instead of hang

Hanging heavy items like woollen jumpers can cause the fabric to stretch and create misshapen clothing 

Donate

Instead of throwing out clothing you no longer wear why not donate them to your favourite charity shop .

Recycle unwanted clothing

Many stores are now accepting clothing for recycling so bring instead of binning your clothing bring it to your local store recycling outlet instead 

By making simple and small changes, such as the tips and hacks mentioned above, we can all play our part in helping to reduce the amount of waste that is created and in making a very real difference to our environment, not just for ourselves but for future generations too!