Uniform: check, Bag: check, PE Kit: check…It’s the bane of the school run and while you may send your child off to school fully equipped sometimes they find their way to lost property.

Research from British name label manufacturer My Nametags has revealed that Schools throughout the East Midlands run the risk of throwing away over 6.6 million lost items during the current school year1 as the lost property box can no longer operate in the same way due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This means 2.2 million items may go to waste across the region this side of Christmas, accounting for seven percent of the 30 million estimated to be thrown away across the UK.

Children lose nine possessions per year on average, according to the results of a study amongst parents in the region and these are the 10 commonly lost items:

  1. School jumpers
  2. Gloves
  3. Socks
  4. School books
  5. Stationery
  6. Cardigan/jumper
  7. Hats
  8. Water bottles
  9. Lunch boxes
  10. Shoes/trainers

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