It’s back-to-school time for many kids, and that means parents everywhere are bustling to get their little ones set for a new school year. Here are some tips to help get kids back to school ready.
While school supplies are a must, eco-friendly lunch box essentials are too – especially to send the kids off to school with a delicious, homemade lunch – without breaking the bank. These lunch box essentials will help to save money and the environment.
10 Must-Have Eco-Friendly Lunch Box Essentials
This bento set is one of my all-time favorite lunch box essentials. It includes three separate containers to hold one main meal and two sides (great for kids who don’t like their food to touch) in this handy stackable container. It’s made with stainless steel and super easy to clean. It’s a great eco-friendly (and stylish) option that parents can use for their own lunches too. Just $24 for the ECOlunchbox three-in-one bento lunch box.
These are the de facto lunch box containers my kids use. They’re easy to open, BPA free and clear so they know exactly what’s in it. Plus, they like choosing their own colors to match with their lunch box. These containers last a long time – ours are two years old and still going strong. Just $13.95 for a set of three EasyLunchBoxes.
This BPA-free, made in the USA bento-style lunch box gives kids the feel of a laptop style lunch with the benefit of separate compartments – great for kids who like to keep their food separate. Plus, the containers can be moved around or removed to accommodate different food combinations. I also love the color choices available – from gender neutral to boy- and girl-friendly colors. Just $32 for one Laptop Lunches bento lunch box and four food containers with lids.
This is a GENIUS lunch box. It’s a freezable lunch cooler that keeps food cold for up to 10 hours. There’s no need to include ice packs – just put this lunch box in the freezer (it even folds up compactly) and remove when ready to pack a lunch. It’s also PVC, BPA and lead free – as well as non-toxic. Designed by moms, for moms (and kids). Just $19.99 for one PackIt freezable lunch bag.
Here’s a complete eco lunch box set from Kids Konserve. It includes a recycle cotton lunch bag, cloth napkin, stainless steel water bottle, a food kozy (a reusable wrap for sandwiches, wraps, etc.) and two stainless steel food containers. Kids Konserve Waste-Free Lunch Kit normally sells for $46, but it’s on sale now on Amazon for just $26. There are other styles too – including a Green Squiggle kit (great for boys), Caterpillar kit, Whimsy kit (great for boys or girls), and more.
Eco-friendly water bottles with style. That’s the best way to describe these stainless steel water bottles. There are a number of designs to choose from – great for boys and girls – so kids can personalize their lunch box. Perfect for kids ages 4 and up. This water bottle is BPA free and made form 100% recycled materials. Just $15 for the Eco Vessel Scout Kids Water Bottle.
These are my favorite reusable sandwich and snack bags for my kids. They are excellent for storing even the messiest sandwiches (almond butter and jelly – for instance) as well as fresh-cut veggies like carrots and cucumbers. I use these just like I would plastic sandwich bags. One of the reasons I love these bags is that they are easy to clean (just wipe off or hand wash) and they dry in just a few minutes. A set of three LunchSkins reusable sandwich and snack bags is just $25.
This sandwich wrap is a great addition to your kids lunch box essentials set. The circular-shaped wrap is perfect for storing sandwiches, wraps, burritos, tortilla roll-ups and even fresh-cut fruit or vegetables. Use it in place of foil or plastic wrap for food. It even doubles as a placemat. It’s easy to clean – just wipe off or hand wash – and let it air dry for just a few minutes. The Kids Konserve Food Kozy is available in a few colors (for boys and girls) and sells for just $11.
You’ll never have to decide whether to pack a spoon or fork again. This natural bamboo spork (spoon and fork all-in-one utensil) is perfect for packing in lunch boxes without the clutter of a full utensil set. This spork is stain resistant, anti-microbal, certified organic, chemical and pesticide free and lightweight. Get a Bambu Kids Spork for just $8.
An eco-friendly, waste-free lunch box isn’t complete without a set of reusable cloth napkins. These are great because they can be used as napkins or placements – plus they’re super stylish. There are designs available for girls and boys. There’s even a cotton name tag attached where you can write your child’s name with a permanent marker – BRILLIANT. This set of Kids Konserve reusable cloth napkins is just $13.
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