Captain Pig and the Leader of the (Back)Pack

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Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Apple Park.

It’s no secret we love cute, organic, friendly products over here at Scratch or Sniff and Apple Park is one of our favorite brands! We’ve highlighted some of our favorites:

Apple Park Organic Farm Buddies

Alayna: My sister-in-law is due in March with her first baby (and my first niece or nephew)! (And only a few days after my birthday! Talk about a seriously excited aunt.) Levi picked out a few of Apple Park’s pirate-themed items to give his new cousin. He chose the pirate pig rattle, the blankie and the squeaky toy, waited anxiously for the box to arrive and then carefully wrapped them. By carefully I mean wadding them up in tissue paper and squishing them into a gift bag. It’s the thought that counts right?

Levi’s aunt and uncle chose to not reveal what they were having right away so Levi felt like the Pirate Pig toys were a perfect neutral option to give the baby. Not only are their little eye patches adorable, but the fact that they are hypo-allergenic and made from organic materials is an absolute win for me and for Aunty! We highly recommend Apple Park to all our friends with littles, especially if your child has any kind of sensitivities or eczema. They have many adorable options of bath towels, stuffed friends, snuggly blankets and teething toys.

Apple Park Pirate Pig items

Heather: My four-year-old son and I were standing in the back-to-school aisle together, looking at row after row of flimsy, mass-produced backpacks, and I realized there wasn’t anything I wanted to buy.

Superheroes. Princesses. Random TV characters from channels we don’t get. More princesses — new ones I don’t even know? And what’s the deal with those eyeliner-wearing Monster Halloween Ever After Prep School girls? Ugh. No.

I like a good deal, of course, but staring at this backpack wasteland with its brightly-colored price tags — $8! $10! $15! Two for $20! — just felt … uninspired. We left the store empty-handed.

Enter Apple Park — maker of the most adorable, classic, perfect little backpacks and lunchpacks you’ve ever seen.

Owls, monkeys, bunnies. Chuckling little bears. Penguins wearing polka-dot ties! Sarah Jessica Parker’s twin daughters both have the bat backpacks, so they are clearly outstanding (and Carrie Bradshaw-approved).

Cuteness aside, Apple Pack backpacks are made from 100% recycled materials. When you buy one, you’re saving about two dozen plastic bottles from winding up in a landfill. Awesome.

This fall, my son will start kindergarten and my daughter will start going to preschool two mornings a week. We’re going to make a big, exciting production of going to the Apple Park site and picking out a new backpack for each of them — plus a lunchpack for my son, who will be bringing lunch.

Sure, I’ll be spending a little more than I would on the $8 character-laden backpacks from a big-box store’s crowded school supply aisles. But we’ll be getting quality, adorable, age-appropriate backpacks that I feel good about buying — and helping the planet at the same time.

Apple Park Cubby Backpack

Apple Park Owl Backpack


Big thanks to Apple Park for sponsoring this post!

Staff Writers

This post has been a collaborative effort from the Scratch or Sniff team. Contributors include Heather Laura Clarke, Tiffany Self, Alayna Wetherhead, and Roo Ciambriello.

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