Me to We Partners with Staples and ACCO to Revolutionize Back-to-School Shopping and #Giveaway ~ CAN 09/01

| August 4, 2014 | 100 Comments

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For the first time ever, students and parents across Canada have the power to make a difference with their back-to-school purchases and help thousands of children in Latin America, Africa and Asia receive access to education. Me to We, in partnership with Staples and ACCO Brands, launched its first line of eco-friendly school supplies with an impact.

Each product purchased gives a life-changing gift directly to a child or family in a Free The Children community overseas, so they are free to learn without battling against hunger, thirst, disease and financial restraints. The line is now available for purchase exclusively at Staples locations across Canada or online at

Me to We’s line of school supplies extends from backpacks and lunch bags, to tablet sleeves and notebooks, and are made from eco-friendly materials like recycled plastic bottles and post-consumer paper. As a part of Me to We’s Track Your Impact initiative, all products come with a unique eight-digit code for buyers to track exactly where their purchase gives a life-changing gift. Each product provides a different gift – backpacks give a student overseas school supplies for one year; binders ensure a tree will be planted; lunch bags give a child healthy meals, and reusable water bottles provide one year of clean drinking water for one person, among other gifts. As Canadian students gear up for class they will also help send their peers in developing communities to school.

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Me to We school supplies come in a variety of bright colours and patterns. Consumers can choose between vibrant colour streams, playful bursts of graphics and inspiring scripts. With today’s youth in mind, the line is designed to take students from the classroom, to cafeteria and through to afterschool activities. Prices range from $1.50 – $29.96 CAD.  A total of 16 items have been created in various designs for the collection by Me to We.

“Me to We truly believes that a sustainable future starts with our everyday choices as consumers.  We’re so excited to partner with Staples and ACCO Brands who share this belief,” says Roxanne Joyal, CEO, Me to We. “Today more than 57 million children are still denied access to education. By engaging today’s generation of young people to make a difference with their purchases and through the impacts behind Me to We’s line of school supplies, children overseas will have the chance to go to school.”

Also Staples’ support of a new Free The Children campaign called We are Rafikis. Inspired by the Swahili word for “friend,” the We are Rafikis campaign gives Canadian students the opportunity to be a friend to Free The Children’s developing communities around the world through selling beaded Rafiki Friend Chains that will help families lift themselves out of poverty. Every Rafiki sold raises funds for Free The Children’s sustainable Adopt a Village development model and makes a lasting impact by giving a child or family a life-changing gift, from school supplies, to clean water, and even medical care. We are Rafikis kicks off September 2014 and educators and students will be able to pick up their Rafikis package to get started at a Staples location near them. More information on We are Rafikis can be found here:

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Me to We Staples Giveaway

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Enter to Win a  $100 Prize Pack of School Supplies from Me to We and Staples!

(Items being given might not be exactly as shown on the photo)

Contest is open to Canadian residents and will end on September 1st, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST.

Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48  hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.

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Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    The Sharp EL531XBWH Scientific Calculator would be great.

  2. jessie m says:

    Backpacks, my kids are hard on’ em!

  3. Michelle james says:

    The Me We Backpack !!

  4. Judy Cowan says:

    I would like to get them the Me to We Waterbottles and Tablet Covers.

  5. ivy pluchinsky says:

    backpacks, we always need new ones in this house

  6. beth says:

    Id like to get my kids the 5 star ergo backpack

  7. seham merzib says:

    the Me to We Waterbottle

  8. Sarah says:

    Notepads, we never have enough!

  9. Rene says:

    I like the Me to We Pencil pouch, Notebook and the Lunch Bag!

  10. KD says:

    My daughter would like the Me to We magnets.

    I wish they had another style of phone case, as I could use one for my cellphone! (not an iphone)

  11. Amy C says:

    I would get the Me to We Pencils and the Me to We Water bottles for my kids.

  12. Lori Jackson says:

    Backpack with all the reusable containers so my Son takes a litterless lunch to school.

  13. Sean says:

    The water bottle is wanted

  14. Toby says:

    Love the Staples® Cormac Computer Carts and a new chair!

  15. michelle says:

    I like the Me to We Pocket & Prong Portfolio, a great way to keep all my sons activities divided and organized

  16. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d like to buy paper and binders!

  17. Doreen Lamoureux says:

    They need a new alarm clock so I thought the Sony® ICFC1B Alarm Clock with FM/AM Radio, Black would do the trick.

  18. Beth St says:

    I would buy the Me to We Waterbottle – 1L, Me to We Core + Notebook, Me to We Casemade Binder 1.5″, and Me to We Zipper Binder.

  19. Karen C. Hill says:

    The water bottle is what we would need

  20. Steph M says:

    We are honestly debating a tablet purchase! I would love the iPad mini for my daughter.

  21. Lisa Neutel says:

    I’d buy my kids backpacks ..good ones that will last a few years

  22. Isabelle Simard says:

    I would love to win cause i have to help my sister with her two boys. She got separated last week and she need a lot of help

  23. amber y says:

    I pick up the Me to We Magnets and Me to We Backpack

  24. Gina Fleury says:

    Me to We lunchkit. Am heading to Staples today-will see which back to school me to we products are available-great idea to help others

  25. Jana L. says:

    The Me to We Core + Notebook and waterboottle

  26. I would like to get the Waterbottle and lunchbox for my child

  27. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I love the Me to We Core + Notebook, a great design.

  28. LDC says:

    highlighters and mechanical pencils – never have enough!

  29. caryn s says:

    I love the me to we backpack and the rafiki bracelet!

  30. MANUEL VIZCAYA says:

    new backpacks and laptops

  31. C McLaren says:

    I’d buy the Me to We Casemade Binder for my daughter.

  32. Lee-Ann says:

    The backpack – looks fabulous as well as functional!

  33. Anne Taylor says:

    Loving the Me to We Lunch Bag and the Me to We Water Bottle

  34. Andrea Amy says:

    We need SO much! I have one going into grade 11, one going into grade 2, and one going into kindergarten. I think I would start with the me to we backpack, and go from there 🙂

  35. Darwin says:

    I would pick up a Me to We Lunch Bag for my son.

  36. Karla Sceviour says:

    I would like to get the Me to We Backpack

  37. Julie Bolduc says:

    My daughter would like the funky binder

  38. My kid could use a new waterbottle

  39. suzi says:

    Backpacks because they are always needing to be replaced!

  40. nikki robak says:

    a smartwatch

  41. May says:

    I would love to purchase the Me to We Lunch Bag!

  42. Sunshine H says:

    my super wish list item is this,

    Apple MacBook Pro Laptop, 13.3″, 2.5GHz Intel Core i5, 500GB HDD, 4GB DDR3 RAM

    DD would be happy with some new crayons.

  43. Jenny says:


  44. Kristine Ewald says:

    I would love to get my daughter a new backpack

  45. Juliee Fitze says:

    I would buy a backpack for them

  46. Valerie Mallette says:

    I would get the Me to We Backpack 🙂

  47. With two young kids, you can never have enough backpacks. I have one packed for each occasion and know that they’d love this one for school, 5 star ergo backpack.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  48. Silvia D says:

    I would get the Me to We Casemade Binder 1.5″

  49. Tina L. says:


  50. Theresa Michalik says:

    A backpack

  51. Shari Goss says:

    I need 3 backpacks!! The Me to we ones look very cool.

  52. Jolan Holmes says:

    Backpack, binders, calculator

  53. Jane Reid Gray says:

    Love the We To me Tablet sleeve!

  54. Brenda Penton says:

    I’d like to purchase the Me to We Waterbottle – 1L

  55. Andrea Williams says:

    I like the backpack and all the different cute notebooks.

  56. Erin McSweeney says:

    i would love to get her the Me to We Backpack

  57. Suzie M says:

    I would get the Me to We lunch kit & backpack

  58. Jonnie says:

    I would love to get the Journal with Bungee, the Zipper binder, the lunch bag and the water bottle

  59. stacey dempsey says:

    I will be getting some Hilroy Binders and the Jansport® Digital Student Backpack looks like one my son would like and of course lots of pens and paper and The Texas Instruments Graphong calculator he will need this year too . My list could go on and on but those are just a few items

  60. Lana says:

    zipper binder

  61. kathy downey says:

    My son really needs a new backpack and pens

  62. Victoria says:

    I will buy them some markers.

  63. Kayla Gilbert says:

    I would like to purchase the Me to We Backpack.

  64. Nicole says:

    I would love to pick up the me to we backpack.

  65. Jennifer P. says:

    I would love to purchase the Me to We Tablet Sleeve.

  66. Lori Bazan says:

    Me to We Backpack is one item I would buy from Staples!

  67. Marla says:


  68. Florence C says:

    Love the me to we backpack.

  69. Julie G. says:

    Item 167529
    Model 20030, the Heys Spectrum Backpack and some markers would be ideal for my grandson.

  70. lisa bolduc says:

    my little one would like the Thermos Hydration Bottle for their lunch

  71. jaimeem says:

    I would get the backpack, still need to buy my son his very first!

  72. Leah Lucas says:

    The Me to We Lunch Bag and Me to We Zipper Binder

  73. DARLENE W says:

    Backpack, pens, pencils,are on the top of my list

  74. Piroska says:

    I’d get the Me to We Lunch Bag and Zipper Binder.

  75. amber y says:

    i’d go with the Me to We Backpack, the v and the Me to We Magnets

  76. Pam says:

    Water bottle and lunchbag would be very useful

  77. l p says:

    backpack, lunch bag, pencils. thanks

  78. Tammy Mitolo says:

    A me to we backpack! They are awesome!

  79. Joy says:

    a new backpack!!

  80. Andrea says:

    The Me to We notebooks are awesome – love all the positive text. I’d get them for myself!

  81. My daughter needs a thermos, water bottle, pencils, pencil crayons, eraser, pencil case. Thank you for the opportunity!

  82. l p says:

    backpack, lunch bag, tablet sleeve. thanks

  83. Viv Sluys says:

    I’d like to purchase a couple Me to We Core + Notebooks and some Me to We pencils

  84. Dreena says:

    Mechanical pencil with spare lead, binders, paper, and Shapie markers.

  85. Angela Mitchell says:

    I’d love to get my daughter the Me to We backpack.

  86. angela m says:

    I would like to purchase the Me to We Backpack and lunch bag

  87. I would like the Me to We Magnets. It’s cute.

  88. Nicole says:

    I’d love to get the Me to We backpack for my son.

  89. Karine says:

    I’d love to have that backpack!

  90. Kim G. says:

    water bottle

  91. Jennifer P says:

    Sharpie markers for creating posters, diaramas, etc

  92. Diane Morgan says:

    Me to we water bottle and me to we journals

  93. Angel says:

    Id love to have the Me To We water bottle along with their colourful pencils and a notebook to write my plans out for the Me To We meetings I run at my school.

  94. Tara Gauthier says:

    My daughter would love a backpack and my son likes the zipper binders!

  95. Sharlene says:

    I’d like to get the Me to We pencil cases and lunch bags – my kids don’t have these yet.

  96. BobbiJo Pentney says:

    My kids always need glue sticks, I think they eat them.

  97. holly o'gorman says:

    The Me to We lunch bags are all pretty cute!

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