Back to school prep is in full swing for our family with our youngest getting ready for kindergarten. He’s reusing using his preschool backpack, ordered new uniforms, and is very excited about packing his lunch!
But, as a green mom, I also want to make sure his lunch is as eco-friendly as possible. So before we chose a lunch box and system, I did some research on all the green or at least green-er options I could find.
Green Lunch Box Options
I looked into all of the different eco-friendly lunch systems like PlanetBox, LunchBots, Ecolunchbox, and Onyx, but in the end, I decided they just weren’t right for us, at least not for kindergarten.
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All of the lunch systems I investigated have great things going for them, but I was looking for a few specific things for his first lunch box including…
- Simple and easy for a kindergartner to use on his own
- Avoids plastic and disposable items
- As few pieces as possible to lose or accidentally throw away
- Affordable as a starter system
Our Green Lunch Box Starter Kit
After researching and pricing all of the options and combinations, these are the three main items I chose for my kindergartener’s starter lunch kit:
- Lunch Bag: Meir (Click to see details)
Meir basic insulated lunch box. With two sections there is plenty of room for a big lunch and a drink bottle too. It is similar in size and shape to the LunchBots duplex lunch bag but comes at a more affordable price.
- Drink Bottle: WaterFit 12 oz. (Click to see details)
WaterFit insulated stainless steel water bottle. It comes in several sizes and colors and won’t accidentally open in his lunchbox. It is still easy enough my kindergartner to open on his own and because it doesn’t have a straw, it’s also easy to clean.
- Food Container: U Konserve Stainless Divided Rectangle (Click to see details)
U Konserve rectangular stainless steel food container with a spill-proof, recyclable lid. U Konserve has several sizes and types of containers, but this one fits well in both the top and bottom section of his Meir lunch box and has a removable divider. These are also similar to LunchBots containers, but they are more affordable and offer more flexibility with the removable divider.
Although this may not be the most eco-friendly lunch option out there, I think it will work well as an affordable starter lunch system for a kindergartner.
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What’s your favorite lunch system? Please comment and share, we would all love to know how it’s working for your family and what makes it your favorite!
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