Updated: Feb 17, 2019
In honor of Earth Day, I'm sharing my favorite eco-friendly lunch gear. One-time use plasticware is bad for the environment, and it's bad for you too. Travel to-go containers are the easiest and most cost-effective way to "green" your routine. Scroll down to see my top picks!
*Please note- I no longer use the mason bottle toddler tumbler. It started to have a weird smell, and when squeezed excessively (as small children tend to do), it would leak.
1. (Mason Bottle Toddler Tumbler- This little bottle is perfect for toddlers and big kids alike. The bottle and straw are made of silicone, and the only plastic part is the lid which means no plastic comes into contact with water in the bottle. It's lightweight, easy to use, and it's LEAKPROOF! I've tossed this in my diaper bag, and love how compact it is- great for throwing in a lunchbox. )
2. Lunchbots Trio- Both myself and my kids use this bento-style box consistently. I can pack a nice hearty snack for a morning hike, or I can use it to pack my son's lunch. It does seem small at first glance, but it holds the perfect amount for a preschooler. They have larger sizes available, as well as different box configurations to suit your needs. I love that it's stainless steel (no plastic!) and the lid stays on well. The only downside is that it's not leakproof, and the inner dividers don't hold back liquid foods like yogurt, but you can easily put those kinds of foods in separate containers.
3. Eco-Vessel Insulated Water Bottle- I've gone through a number of reusable water bottles myself, and this is by far the winner. I've been using it daily for over a year- longer than any other water bottle I've tried in the past- and I'm beyond happy with it. It's insulated, has a straw, holds a ton of water (perfect when you're a thirsty breastfeeding mama!), and it's leakproof. My kids have played with this, carried it around, have been rough with it, and it has held up throughout. *Note- this version is not suitable for children as the small silicone cap on the straw is removable. They do have a children's version which does not have this feature.
4. To-Go Ware Utensils- These bamboo utensils are perfect to keep in your car, in your purse, in your lunchbox, wherever you might find yourself reaching for disposable utensils. Comes with a knife, fork, spoon, and chopsticks.
5. Stainless Steel Straws- One-time use straws are a huge culprit in ocean pollution. If the thought of drinking your iced latte sans straw makes your skin crawl, then try switching to stainless steel straws.
6. Mason Jars- If you're not already using mason jars in your lunch box (or everywhere else in your home), now is the time to start. They're readily available and cost-effective. Use them to haul crackers, pasta, veggies, even salads- here's a tip: put your dressing on the bottom and top it with veggies and lettuce. When you're ready to eat lunch, just shake it up to distribute the dressing. This will keep the lettuce from getting all soggy. If the 2 piece metal lid bothers you, there are also plastic lids available.
7. SoYoung Small Cooler Bag- Carry all your eco-friendly lunch gear in a gorgeous lunch box. This cooler bag is made of raw linen, with cute vintage style art on the front. It's insulated to keep everything cool, has a mesh pocket on the back to keep napkins or utensils, and has a decently sized adjustable carrying strap. The best part- the inside has a removable insert so if something spills or you need to clean it you can just take the insert out, wash it with dish soap, and air dry. Or if the outside of the lunchbox needs a cleaning, these are fully machine washable/air dry- making it super easy to care for and keep it looking nice and new.
I hope you enjoyed my favorites for reusable and sustainable lunch gear options. What would you add to the list? Have a question about an item listed here? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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