Everything You Need To Pack A Litterless Lunch

We checked out the goods and share our picks for the best litterless lunch supplies of the season to help you and your school-aged kid go green


 

With so much on the market, back-to-school shopping, and shopping for lunch supplies in particular, can be overwhelming. Many families and schools are making the switch to litterless lunches, trading Ziplocks and plastic wrap for resusable containers. Check products out with your child to make sure he or she can open and close them easily, and be sure to check if brands promise to be leak free—some don’t and are best kept for baby carrots and other solid snacks.

If you buy an insulated lunch bag, you won’t need ice packs. If you have a bento kit, you won’t need many individual baggies or containers. Have a look and see what suits your family and eating habits best.

Here’s what you may need:

 

Lunch Bags

Lunch bags replace lunch boxes in most cases nowadays. Think about whether your child will be carrying a lunch bag separately or in a backpack, and what and how much you’ll be packing in it.

Our picks:

Hungry Monsters Zippee Lunch Tote. Available at: Sprogs, $28

Built NY Lunch Bag Cat. Available at: Raspberry Kids, $23

Aqua Seahorses Lunch Box. Available at: So Young, $32

Lunch Boxes

You may consider an all-in-one kit, with different compartments for food storage inside and a  handle for carrying. This one is BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and comes with a water bottle—and stickers for kids to decorate the kit with themselves.

Our pick:

Goodbyn Lunch Kits, Available at: My Litterless Lunch, $29

Bentos

You don’t have to be sending sushi to school to use a bento—though you’re welcome to. A bento style lunch box or container is will be split into sections to separate foods, or include various smaller containers to do the same.

Our picks:

Keepin’ Fresh Kids stainless steel bento box by Innobaby. Available at: Polkadot Pond, $18

Bento Lunch Box: Available at: Chapters, $27

 Reusable baggies

Say goodbye to disposable sandwich bags and hello to these reusable, and adorable, options.

Our picks:

Lunch Skins resusable sandwich bag: Available at; Well.ca, $10

spbang reusable snack bags: Available at: Fenigo, $12

Reusable wrap

The eco-friendly answer to plastic wrap, at last.

Our pick:

Wrap-N-Mat: Available at: Fenigo, $10

Reusable containers

Whether you go with individual, stackable or canister style containers, you will likely need some containers as part of your lunch kit.

Our pick:

LunchBots Rounds stainless steel watertight food container set: Available at: Polkadot Pond, $27

 

Ice pack

Opt for a durable ice pack you can use when lunches need extra cooling.

Our pick:

Crocodile Creek ice pack sets: Available at: Well.ca, $5.50

Insulated food jars:

Not all will, but this insulated option works for both hot and cold lunches.

Our pick:

Crocodile Creek insulated food jars: Available at: Raspberry Kids, $17

 

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