Packing your kids’ lunches should be fun, so I am here to make it a little easier with these cool school lunch box gear. My favorite green school lunch supplies are all plastic-free and eco-friendly. They are all non-toxic items that are fantastic for your kids and also good for the environment.
The 10 Best Plastic Free Lunch Box Gear For Kids
One of the perks of being a blogger is getting free products for review. I have gotten some cool lunchbox items recently, so in the spirit of going back to school, I decided to make a list of my favorite 10 green school lunch supplies. The products on my list below are all school lunch gear I regularly use to send food for my 2 kids. I will never recommend a product I don’t use at home, and my reviews are always 100% honest.
It will be a very exciting year for both of my kids! Of course, I am already thinking of what to pack for their school lunch. Please check out my healthy back-to-school recipes if you are interested in creative and healthy ideas to send to school.
Healthy eating habits are important to me. I want my kids to eat real nutritious foods, and to learn why it is important. This is why I make sure to send healthy “real food” choices daily to school. Unfortunately, most schools do not provide fresh meals.
My Favorite 10 Green School Lunch Box Supplies
So here is my favorite green school lunch supplies list. Made of high-quality materials, these products will last for years. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I will be happy to answer. Get ready and inspired for a super healthy school year.
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1. Green School Lunch Box Container For Warm Food
This container is perfect for sending warm food for lunch. LunchBots 16oz Thermal Stainless Steel Wide Mouth Thermos. It will keep food warm for 4 to 5 hours. I love the size (16 ounces) because it has a wide bowl shape ideal for enjoying full meals. Other food jars are way too small and food gets all mixed up. You won’t have a problem with the 16oz thermos because there is plenty of room and it is not as tall.
This container is made of the highest quality 18/8 stainless steel; no plastic comes in contact with your food. BPA-free. It is dishwasher safe and the seal removes easily for thorough cleaning. After years of trying different food jars for my kids, this is by far the best one. I’ve been sending warm food in this wonderful container since my son was in preschool.
2. Stainless Steel Water Bottles To Send To School
This is my son’s favorite water bottle by far. The Pura Sport Stainless Steel Kids Sport Bottle with Silicone Sport Flip Cap & Sleeve is plastic free, nontoxic certified, BPA free, and holds 11 ounces of water. They come in different colors to choose from. I love it because it is super easy to clean, dishwasher safe, and won’t leak.
If you are looking for a water bottle for preschoolers, I also love the Thermos Funtainers. They have super fun designs and can keep water cold for hours. These thermos water bottles have a straw to make it easier for little ones to drink without spilling the water. Another excellent option is also the Hydro Flask 12 oz Kids Water Bottle.
3. Bento-Style Lunchbox For Healthy School Lunches
My favorite one is for sure the PlanetBox Rover Lunchbox. My son calls it his “homemade Lunchable”. I love the different compartments and how you get inspired to send healthy food with this container. It is a bit pricey but includes a stainless steel lunchbox, 2 round lidded containers; a soft carry bag, and a set of hip magnets. In my opinion, this set is totally worth it.
Love the different magnets and super cool accessories! If you decide to buy this lunchbox you will see how well made it is and will last you for years. I’ve had mine since my son was in Kindergarten and 4 years later, it is still impeccable. Planet Box is a company I trust 100%.
It is made out of safe, non-toxic, and recycled materials – no lead, PVC, phthalates, or BPA. This bento lunchbox is conveniently dishwasher safe. For more inspiration, please see my post: Sandwich Free Ideas For School Lunch.
4. Reusable Lunch Bags for Sandwiches And Snacks
These convenient little bags are awesome for kids and adults, and there are many designs to choose from. Check out the Art of Lunch Designer Lunch Baggies. You will get a set of 3 bags that are super practical and so easy to clean, they are dishwasher safe! Perfect for sandwiches or snacks like fruits, cereals, crackers, and nuts. I love how easy it is for little kids to open with the easy zipper. They are also made from cotton fabric lined with food-safe polyester lining that’s been tested lead-free, BPA-free, PVC-free, and phthalate-free. You can’t go wrong with the mermaid design for girls!
5. School Lunch Utensils For Kids
If you are going to send lots of warm food to school, then this set is just perfect for your kids. The carrying case is my favorite part because the set won’t get lost! The Flatware Cutlery is Made of Highest Quality 18/8 Grade Stainless Steel and FDA-approved Ceramics Handles, Guaranteed to Never Rust. It is also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
6. Silicone Molds For School Snacks
The FoodWorks Silicone Popsicle Molds have multiple purposes. You know how much I love making homemade ice pops for my kids and these molds are just amazing. But they are not only for making ice pops, you can also store dry snacks in lunches or on the go. Put your favorite trail mix, nuts, popcorn, or homemade crackers, pop on the lid and you’ve got the perfect snack container.
Made with 100% BPA-free, premium food-grade silicone. You can easily clean them and they are also dishwasher safe. Each ice pop maker is 8 inches long and holds 3.4 fl oz (1/2 cup) and the slim design takes up minimal freezer space.
7. Glass Food Containers For School Lunches
If your school allows glass containers then the Wean Green Garden Pack Lunch Cubes Glass Food Containers are a great plastic-free alternative. Wean Lunch Cubes keep kid-friendly meals like my favorite homemade mac and cheese or leftover meals safe and chemical-free from freezer to microwave.
The glass will not stain. It is an awesome option for warm food also if kids can heat it in a microwave oven (some schools have them available in classrooms). They are made from 100% recycled glass. These food containers are also the perfect size for a small child and they are dishwasher safe. Wean Green also makes smaller Snack Cubes and Meal Bowls.
8. Reusable Cloth Lunch Box Napkins
These Lunchbox Small Kids Napkins from GingerPie are the perfect cloth napkins for school lunch boxes in my opinion. You can choose 6 different designs from 20+ options. They are also great for picnics and meals at home and on the go. Made with top 100% cotton fabrics, the napkins are very durable and so easy to clean. Just throw them in the washing machine and you are done!
By using cloth napkins you will prevent unnecessary waste of paper napkins and teach your kids to care for our planet. GingerPie is definitely my favorite, especially since they’re handmade (I like supporting small businesses). Other options include Gina’s Soft Cloth and FunKins (although honestly, they’re a bit pricey considering you only get two).
9. Freezable School Lunch Bag For Kids
The PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag with Zip Closure is a freezable lunch cooler designed to keep contents cooler, for longer: up to 10 hours (depending on external temperatures). Fits a sandwich, a snack, and a 12 oz drink. It features a patented freezable gel permanently built into the liner, no need for ice or gel packs, simply fold your PackIt flat and freeze overnight.
Made from food-safe, nontoxic poly canvas; PVC, BPA, phthalate, lead-free. It is very easy to clean too. It is really perfect for healthy foods that need to be refrigerated like yogurts and cheeses. Your kids’ food will also stay fresh all day. The lunch bag is also available in a smaller size and there are lots of fun designs for boys and girls to choose from. If you need something bigger or more teen-friendly, their Hampton-style lunch bag is a good option.
10. Most Convenient Large Sandwich Container
The ECOlunchbox Bento Splash Box Leak-Proof Food Container. It is a pretty large container that will fit a tall sandwich with some chips or fruits on the side. The great thing about it is it won’t leak so your kids can freely toss it around their backpacks. All parts are dishwasher and oven safe. I also really like the ECOLunchbox Tri Bento and the Solo Cube.
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We only get one planet, so we need to do everything we can to take care of it. We owe that to our children! Thankfully, these great green lunchbox ideas make it easy!
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