Get your little ones “back to school” ready—zero waste style!
Deciding whether or not to let your child go back to tradition schooling is a tough and scary decision.
I have a six year old entering first grade, so I totally understand, and am struggling with the same decision.
But if you’re one of the many parents who decide to go that route, you know that it’s about that time to start shopping for some necessities—like backpacks and lunch totes.
And did you know that these essentials come in eco-friendly versions? Yup! Even backpacks!
Typically, parents go to the store and let their kids pick out a backpack. But, we don’t think too much about what it’s made of or where it’s going to go when it wears out. We just go through the motions.
But we should care. Because chances are, the Batman backpack that we purchase is made out of synthetic material that’s going to sit in a landfill for a very long time. Just like plastic straws.
However, we don’t have to buy those—because eco-friendly backpacks do exist! And they’re made of biodegradable and compostable material.
Plus, they’re stylish and super cute! Not all eco-friendly stuff is boring!
Eco-Friendly Lunch Gear
Lunch boxes and lunch totes also come in eco-friendly varieties.
You can find totes and carriers that are made of raw linen or organic cotton. Both biodegradable material.
Bento Boxes & Reusable Snack Bags
Another eco-friendly option is bento boxes! Bento boxes are Japanese style lunch containers with multiple convenient compartments for easy food separation. You can get them in stainless steel, or biodegradable versions made from wheat straw. Plus, they typically come with reusable utensils!
Other types of food storage consist of reusable snack and sandwhich bags that range from organic cotton to silicone.
Reusable Water Bottles
Reusable water bottles can easily be placed inside of lunchboxes, as some come in sizes that accommodate small spaces. Many manufacturers make bottles that are between 6 to 12 ounces—which is perfect for kids!
What kind do we recommend? We recommend stainless steel. They’ll keep drinks cool, and they won’t break. Because let’s face it, kids are clumsy.
If you’re a brave mom who doesn’t mind her child taking household utensils to school—I applaud that.
But, mine throws it away. Every. Time.
So, I started buying biodegradable utensils made of either wood or wheat straw. And I don’t have to worry about expensive silverware going missing anymore.
Every lunch box should come equipped with napkins so that your little one can wipe their mouth. But, napkins can be wasteful. That’s why you should opt for reusable and washable cotton napkins. Many are handmade with cute designs just for kids!
Below you’ll find ideas for eco-friendly backpacks, lunch containers, water bottles and utensils, that you and your little one will feel good about using!
Because being a good steward of the Earth begins at a young age, and carries into adulthood.
This backpack is made from eco-friendly and biodegradable raw linen (flax and cotton).
This backpack is made from 100% natural cotton canvas coated with a protective, solvent-free and biodegradable sugar and corn polymer.
This bento box is made from durable and biodegradable wheat straw. It’s microwaveable and dishwasher safe. It comes with cutlery, a band to keep it shut, and an insulated carry bag.
The Revival Shop
This bento-style lunch box insert is made from organic and nontoxic wheat straw. It is durable and dishwasher safe. It even comes with a cover to keep everything in place.
This lunch bag is made from raw linen (biodegradable cotton and flax). It comes with a bonus strap that you can attach for shoulder carry.
This adorable and totally eco-friendly lunch bag is made from organic cotton. It has a built in handle and it is pre-shrunk—so you don’t have to worry about it shrinking when you wash it for the first time! It comes in many different designs for both boys and girls!
This fun lunch bag is made from organic cotton and has a strap for shoulder carry, as well as a mesh side pocket for additional storage.
These cotton napkins are handmade. You can wash them and reuse them time and time again!
Gina’s Soft Cloth Shop
These soft flannel napkins are handmade and come in a pack of 5 in adorable patterns.
These elegant and fun insulated stainless steel reusable water bottles come in lunchbox friendly 9 ounces. They’ll keep your little ones’ warm liquids warm and cold liquids cold.
One by Sprouts
This insulated, double wall, stainless steel water bottle for kids is also 9 ounces. The perfect size for lunchboxes!
These reusable snack bags contain zippers and are made from waterproof PUL fabric and are easy to wash! They’re great for snacks, sandwhiches and fruit.
These reusable sandwhich bags come in a set of 2 and are made from safe and biodegradable organic cotton. They’re easy to wash nontoxic.
These nontoxic ice packs will keep your child’s food nice and cool until it’s time for lunch! They’re eco-friendly and made with super absorbent polymer gel (SAP).
If you’re worried that your child might accidently throw out their reusable utensils (which kids tend to do quite often), consider biodegradable wooden utensils. They can also be easily composted!