18 Products We Love for Eco-Friendly Back-to-School Lunches

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With back-to-school season just around the corner, it’s only natural that you start to scour through Pinterest for cute and creative lunch ideas or browse the grocery aisles for new go-to foods your kids will love all school year long. But along with these annual habits can bring lots of brown paper bags, plastic baggies and wrappers, throw-away bottles and pouches, plastic forks and spoons, and more wasteful packaging that isn’t so friendly to our planet. So this year, let’s do our part to change that!

Switching to more sustainable, eco-friendly options is worth the small investment—not only does it allow us to do our small part to help the environment, but it saves us money in the long run on countless trips to the store to buy more lunch-packing supplies. Plus, it’s a great way to teach your kids about the little things we can do to be more sustainable in our everyday lives. Reducing your waste, saving your money, and all the options we’ve provided are adorable and timeless—what more could you want?

Read on for some of the best product finds for back-to-school lunches that will keep both your kids and our Earth happy.

 

Bags & Containers

Amazon

3-Pack Stainless Steel Food Containers

These easy-to-clean, leak-proof containers are the perfect packing option for everything from small snacks to bigger main meals.

Stasher

6-Pack Reusable Back-to-School Lunch Bags

Kiss plastic bags goodbye! These reusable bags are dishwasher, freezer, and microwave safe, and they come in various sizes for an easy lunch-packing experience.

Grove Collaborative

Snack and Sandwich Bags

Made from waxed organic cotton, each snack and sandwich bag is reusable for one year and is fully compostable—plus, kids will love the fun prints that are available!

Pottery Barn Kids

Silicone Bento Box

An easy, sustainable way to throw a snack sampler together if a ton of different containers isn't quite your thing.

2 colors available

Amazon

4-Pack Reusable Snack & Sandwich Bags

Dishwasher and washing machine safe with a zipper seal, these bags are a must for plastic bag replacements.

7 patterns available

Target

Multi-Flex Bento Box with Ice Packs

This bento box has ice packs that attach to the inside of the lid to keep everything inside cold and flexible. The inner linings allow for more food storage as well.

Target

Granola and Yogurt Container with Ice Pack

Stray away from individual packaging and use this ideal half yogurt, half granola container instead. It comes with an ice pack, too!

Hydroflask

Kids' Insulated Food Jar

This leak-proof design keeps anything inside hot or cold for the entire school day with top-of-the-line insulation.

7 colors available

Amazon

Stainless Steel Food Jar with Folding Spoon

Keep any lunch in tip-top shape all day. This comes with an attachable spoon and name labels, too!

20+ colors and patterns available

Utensils

Amazon

4-Pack Portable Cutlery

Whether you have multiple kiddos or just one that loses things from time to time, this pack of four "silverware" sets is definitely worth it.

Amazon

Bamboo Travel Utensil Set

With a fork, knife, spoon, chopsticks, and a straw included, you can attach this set right onto their backpack or lunch box for ultimate convenience.

6 colors available

Etsy | Ink Valley Designs

Personalized Silicone Cutlery Set

A customizable set with duck, car, and elephant detailing... who knew plastic and disposable utensils could be this cute?

Amazon

Fork & Spoon Set with Training Chopsticks

Whether your little one is just trying to learn or is already a pro, this standard spoon and fork set comes with easy-to-use (and adorable) chopsticks!

Walmart

Reusable Cutlery Set

All of the standard utensils in a sturdy case for a great price.

Water & Juice Bottles

Hydroflask

Kids Wide-Mouth Bottle

This bottle comes with a straw lid for easy drinkability and insulation for a cold drink guaranteed.

8 colors available

Amazon

Simple Modern Kids Water Bottle

With so many different designs to choose from, your kid will definitely find one they love.

20+ colors and patterns available

YETI

Rambler Kids Reusable Bottle

This is an ultra-durable option for your wildest little ones.

7 colors available

Pottery Barn Kids

Mackenzie Insulated Water Bottle

Adding your kid's name and letting them choose their favorite design is so much cooler than using a plastic water bottle.

3 patterns available

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