6 Planet-Friendly Picks for Back-to-School


Skip the plastic baggies and opt for a reusable, cheerful option instead! ReUsies™ are an excellent eco-friendly alternative to sandwich & plastic snack bags – each one has the potential to eliminate hundreds of plastic bags. ReUsies™ are 100% cotton lined with leak-resistant nylon and are secured with Velcro®
closures. Available in a variety of fun, colorful prints such as elephants, birds, and baseballs.

California Innovations

California Innovations just knows what kids love – Disney favorites on their lunchbox! From Cars to Princesses, their PVC-free and Lead-safe zippered lunch bags will keep your child’s lunch cold with high-density thermal insulation. In addition to being PVC-free & lead-free, all of California Innovations’ coolers and lunch bags incorporate Microban to provide antimicrobial protection and inhibit bacterial odors/stains. Offered in a variety of styles, sizes and colors for all ages, California Innovations’ affordable collection can also be found at your local Target.

PACkit Cooler Bottle & Lunch Bag

Ingenious and just plain smart, this freezable, insulated bag eliminates the need for gel packs because it is already lined with eco-friendly gel. Simply fold and storethe PACkit Cooler Bottle & Lunch Bag in the freezer until you are ready to use on busy school mornings! For tweens and teens who do not wish to carry an animal-shaped lunchbox, this lunch bag is unobtrusive and folds up neatly to tuck in a backpack or messenger bag after being used. It will keep food and bottles fresh and cold for up to 10 hours.

ReUsables Natural Tableware

Just say no to plastic forks, spoons, and knives! Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods now offers reusable & earth-friendly utensils made from corn! The ReUsables Natural Tableware Feeding line is made from cornstarch bioplastic, and all items are BPA-free, Phthalate-free, Lead-free, and PVC-free. Sold in multi-packs of 8 for convenience, the utensils are perfectly shaped for small hands. In addition to the utensils, the Natural Tableware Feeding line includes plates, bowls, utensils, and an infant feeding set (perfect for little ones in daycare!).

Lunchopolis by Enviro Products

Like a tiny city for all of your lunch items! Both stylish and innovative, Lunchopolis was designed with everything you need to pack a nutritious, planet-friendly lunch! Yes, that is correct – no more plastic sandwich bags, aluminum foil, milk and juice boxes or other unnecessary waste to toss out with the trash. Available in bold, bright colors, each Lunchopolis lunchbox comes with a drinking bottle and modular containers in a variety of sizes that are reusable and stack neatly together inside the soft lunchbox. Perfect for older children and tweens! All Lunchopolis products are BPA-free, as well.

Skip Hop Zoo Lunchies

Lions and tigers – oh my! Skip Hop’s Zoo Lunchies are “Mom’s” new favorite when it comes to a functional yet just plain adorable lunchbox for her little one. BPA-free and Phthalate-free, all Zoo Lunchies feature a roomy main compartment large enough for a sandwich, fruits & vegetable, and a milk or juice box. (“Mom” packs almond milk singles in her child’s lunchbox.) Plus, there is an interior mesh compartment for utensils or reusable freezer gel pack, and the top handle includes a clip that can be hooked to other bags or matching Zoo Pack. Each zipper is too, too cute – they feature a fun matching zipper-pull!

*Companies geneorusly provided samples and images for this article.*