Back-to-school is here for some and right around the corner for others! This is the time of year parents around the world scramble to get their kids (and themselves) back into a routine which includes actually packing a lunch...sorry kids, those free grazing days are over until next break!
This is also the time of year when lunch waste spikes. Did you know that the average elementary school student creates around 67 lbs of trash just from their lunch in a school year?!?! Considering there are over 50 million elementary students in the US alone, this adds up to A LOT OF TRASH!
Many parents gravitate towards single packaged lunch items because of their low price point & ease, but when you add up how much you spend over the course of a school year it costs more than it's convenience is worth (not to mention ALL THAT WASTE!).
Reusable lunch items save you money in the long run and more importantly they also help this amazing planet we get to call home stay clean. Check out our top picks for eco-friendly products to help your child's lunch be zero waste!
Tempered Glass Food Containers by Wean Green
Refillable Glass Water Bottle by Lifefactory
Looking to stick with glass for all of your lunch gear? If so then the Lifefactory Glass Water Bottle is a prefect companion to your Wean Green containers. This 12 oz bottle offers a screw cap that will be easy for those little hands to open and close. The handle can even be clipped to bags!
Refillable Stainless Steel Water Bottle by Hydro Flask
Got a little bruiser on your hands and looking for something a little more rugged? The Hydro Flask 12 oz Kids Wide Mouth stainless steel water bottle will take the hits and keep going. Did we mention it keeps water icy cold for up to 24 hours?!
Reusable Silicone Storage Bags by Stasher
An alternative to the century old Ziploc plastic bag, Stasher has created their own version made of silicone that is washable and reusable. Easy to close using their Pinch-loc seal, these non-toxic bags are great for the gym bag or even storing crayons!
Stainless Steel Utensils by ZoLi
Ah, the spork. Brings back memories, doesn't it? Well, the spork has had a makeover and now goes by the name of FOONi. You'll never have to worry about deciding between packing a fork or spoon again because you'll always have both with you when FOONi is around. We just love saying that name! At 6 inches long this utensil will work from anyone in the house.
Reusable Straws by Simply Straws
Whether you're looking for glass or stainless steel, Simply Straws has it. They have straws for every day sipping, boba and bubble teas, and even the thickest milkshakes! They are also handmade at their headquarters in California (we've been lucky enough to get a tour and see them in action!). No need for hand washing because these straws are dishwasher safe!
Lunch Bag by Love Bags
Not only do these lunch bags come in fun patterns, they are made from recycled plastic bottles! This bag is insulated, with an interior mesh pocket and an exterior flap pocket. It also has a “quick-clip” handle so you can easily attach it to your backpack or bag!