Whether this fall finds your kids back in the classroom or homeschooling, there are still plenty of ways to make it a sustainable school year. From eco-friendly school supplies to plastic free lunch essentials, start the year off right with our eco friendly back to school gear guide.
First things first. Reduce is the most important of the 3 R’s. And the greenest back to school gear is the stuff you already have on hand. So if last year’s backpack is still in great shape, reuse it! The same goes for stainless containers you use for all those healthy lunches. They typically last a very long time, so there’s no need to replace them each year.
But if you need new non-toxic school gear, here are some of our favorite options forkid-safe school gear and non toxic lunch items.
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Designed especially for little kids going to school for the very first time! This combo features extra-durable, waterproof labels perfect for backpacks, clothes, lunch containers, shoes, toys, and more.
Peel and stick the labels to your child’s things to keep them coming back home each day! This combo includes Preschool Shoe Labels that identify footwear and help little ones learn their left foot from their right. Pre-readers can simply match the halves of familiar shapes, making learning – and dressing – fun!
Our team has been Oak Meadow homeschoolers for years, and we love their nature-based and slower paced approach to education.
One of the benefits of Oak Meadow’s homeschool programs is that – even with distance learning – your child won’t sit in front of a screen all day. Their curriculum is print-based because they believe reading on paper encourages more effective comprehension skills than reading on a digital screen.
Funkins’ adorably stylish insulated lunch bags are thoughtfully designed by moms and tested by kids and teachers.
Funkins bags are super cute, roomy, functional, and easy to pack. Best of all – they are machine washable!
Match with their lunchbox napkins and placemats for a cleaner, greener lunchtime. Safe for your family, Funkins are CPSIA compliant, non-toxic, lead and phthalate free.
This is the ideal time of year to give your child’s immune system a boost. ChildLife Essentials® Multi Vitamin SoftMelt® Gummies are formulated specifically to meet a child’s nutritional requirements.
Plus they’re packed with vitamins like B6, B12 and D3, and minerals including Zinc and Selenium.
ChildLife Essentials® supplements are naturally sweetened, sugar-free, and do not contain artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners.
The PlanetBox has been one of our go-to lunch boxes for nearly 10 years now. Seriously, we’ve had one last almost a decade… talk about easy on the environment and definitely worth it when it comes to your budget.
With 5 different sized compartments, this one is great for bigger kids or for bringing your lunch to work. Kids can freshen up their lunch box each year with new magnets or a new carry bag. Because it’s stainless steel it contains no lead, PVC, phthalates or BPA materials
Miniware’s durable Bento stainless steel container is perfect for young kids or holding snacks. It fits up to four removable silicone pods. Use the smaller containers for hot or cold foods like soups or dressings.
The GrowBento fits easily into a lunch bag or backpack, is super easy to store, plus it’s dishwasher safe.
If you have a baby, it also does double duty for baby foods and homemade purees.
Fill your child’s lunch bag with these stackable tempered glass storage cubes and dishes.
Ranging in sizes from snack cubes to full meal portions, you can always see exactly what’s inside them, making it super easy to pack lunch the night before.
You’ll find dozens of uses for Stasher Bags. Made from food-grade silicone, they contain contain no BPA, no PVC, and no latex.
This moldable sandwich wrap from Khala lets you shape the wrap to any snack or food, making it a great alternative to plastic wrap.
Save precious morning time by styling your or your child’s hair easily without damaging heat. This easy to use curler is plastic-free.
You don’t need chemical hair products (or to waste plastic bottles of styling product) because this curler and just a light mist of water does it all on its own.
The CharlieCurls curler is comfortable enough to leave in overnight. Or roll your hair up first thing in the morning, then take it down and style with your hands.
So easy, affordable, and sustainable! Four sets make it easy to pack lunches for the whole family. They’re also excellent for picnics or camping.
Each bamboo tableware set contains a fork, knife, spoon, pair of chopsticks, straw, and brush with a convenient cloth storage bag.
They are completely non-toxic. The bamboo is tasteless, smooth, durable, and best of all – reusable.
These adorable two-ply cloth napkins will make any lunch more fun and festive. The colors are still vibrant, and there’s no pilling or fraying. At 12 by 12 inches, these napkins are perfect for little hands and faces.
They also have a sewn-in label for your child’s name, ensuring the napkins find their way home each day. They wash really well. Plus they’re so handy, you’ll find yourself using them long after your kids have outgrown them.
If you have resources or eco-friendly back to school gear options that have made your back to school journey simpler, share them in the comments!