Most of us are thinking “greener” these days. From recycling to conserving water, we’re taking steps to lessen our footprint on the earth. When it comes to packing the kids’ lunches, though, we often head straight for disposable containers, juice pouches and bags. It’s true, they are very convenient (no washing later), but that’s a lot of bulk going into landfills. If going green is your goal, consider stocking up on reusable lunch bags and containers this school year. Old-school Thermoses are actually eco-friendly in this way, plus they keep drinks and foods hot or cold, depending upon your needs. And the cute bags just may make them more interested in eating those carrot sticks you packed.
ReSnackIts Reusable Sandwich Bags
, $12, hannaandersson.comGluten- and Peanut-Free Labeled Snack Sacks
, $8-10, snacktaxi.com
In more than a dozen prints, reusable snack and sandwich bags labeled “gluten free” or “nut free.”Tili Zip&Seal Bags
, from $8.50 per set, tilibags.com
In six different prints. Also great for travel.Kleen Kanteens
, $19.50, potterybarnkids.com
Also in girls’ styles
, $17, bedbathandbeyond.comThermos Hot/Cold Food Jar
, $19.50, potterybarnkids.
In boys’ styles