Kids Gear

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

written by MCKENNA PRINGLE

The Everymom’s product selections are curated by the editorial team. If you buy something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission, at no cost to you. We only recommend products we genuinely love.

eco-friendly lunch items"
eco-friendly lunch items
Source: @stasherbag
Source: @stasherbag

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 lunch products is well 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. No more 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? Plus, switching to these more Earth friendly options opens up the door to discussing sustainability with kiddos. We know after that conversation they’ll be excited to do what they can to help.

There’s no shortage of eco-friendly products out there. All of your kiddo’s necessities, like utensils,  containers, and more come in reusable options. What’s even better? Many come in great patterns that little ones will actually be excited to use again and again. Read on for some of the best eco-friendly lunch products for back-to-school that will keep both your kids and our Earth happy.

 

Bags & Containers

eco-friendly lunch products
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.

Shop now
stasher eco-friendly lunch products
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.

Shop now
reusable sandwich bags
Bee's Wrap
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!

Shop now
bento boxes
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

Shop now
reusable sandwich bags
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

Shop now
eco-friendly lunch products
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.

Shop now
eco-friendly lunch products
Amazon
Granola and Yogurt Container with Ice Pack

Stray away from individual packaging and use this ideal half yogurt, half granola container instead. It comes double insulated, too!

Shop now
food container
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.

4 colors available

Shop now

 

Utensils

reusable 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.

Shop now
eco-friendly lunch products
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

Shop now
personalized utensils
Etsy | Ink Valley Designs
Personalized Silicone Cutlery Set

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

Shop now
eco-friendly lunch products
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!

Shop now

 

Water & Juice Bottles

hydroflask water bottle
Hydroflask
Kids Wide-Mouth Bottle

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

4 colors available

Shop now
water bottle
Amazon
Stainless Steel Water Bottle

This 12 oz bottle is insulated and built to last for the whole year.

many colors and patterns available

Shop now
yeti kids water bottle
YETI
Rambler Jr. Water Bottle

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

9 colors available

Shop now
swell water bottle
S'well
S'ip Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Thoughtfully designed for kids of all ages, S'well's S'ip line comes in two sizes (10 oz and 15 oz) and plenty of fun designs that your kiddos will love. Plus, its slim design means it fits easily into water bottle holders on backpacks.

many colors and patterns available

Shop now
20+ Cute and Functional Kids Lunch Boxes and Accessories for Back to School
CLICK TO READ