Eco-Friendly Essentials for a Sustainable School Year

Dare we say the words ‘Back to school’. It's coming up sooner than you think. We can't help you out with school uniform but when it comes to lunch, we've got you covered.

We have a large selection of reusables including water bottles and lunch boxes ready to take on the new school year (and for many years after that!). You’ll also find lots of stationery items including pens, pencil cases and notebooks.

Of course, if your old lunch boxes and bottles are still good from last term, then carry on using these 👍.

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Best lunch box for children

If you're not sure which lunch box is right for you, take a look at our lunch box guide to find the best match!

We recommend the 'Panna' Stainless Steel Lunch Box for children. It's easy to open and has two tiers plus a mini container which is handy for storing different foods. It's so durable, it will last them the whole way through school!

Low Waste Lunch Ideas

Once you have your lunch kit sorted, it's time to think about what goes in inside. How can we make our lunches as low waste as possible? Instead of relying on lots of pre-packaged items, here are some delicious ideas and some eco-friendly tips that will not only be a hit with the kids but will also help take care of the environment too.

  • Set up a DIY "Build-Your-Own" wrap station at home with a few bits and pieces like tortillas, fresh veggies, hummus, and grilled chicken strips - if they choose and make their own they'll definitely be much more likely to eat all of it, meaning no waste!
  • Create a colourful bento box filled with bite-sized fruit skewers, cheese cubes, crackers and mini sandwiches.
  • Bake homemade cookies, granola bars, or energy balls, and place them in reusable snack bags.
  • Layer yogurt, granola, and fresh berries in a small container for a healthy sweet treat.
  • Sneak in some veggies by baking savoury muffins with grated carrots, courgette, or spinach.
  • Bored or sandwiches? Make mini quiches using a muffin tin and fill them with diced ham, cheese, and finely chopped veggies.
  • Invest in an insulated food jar. Great for soups or pasta, they keep food warm for several hours – perfect for those chillier winter days.
  • Turn dinner leftovers into an exciting lunch for the next day and you'll be helping to reduce food waste.
  • Buy large packs of crisps, popcorn and dried fruit, decant into smaller reusable containers. Although this won't completely eliminate plastic, it's an effective way to cut down on it. 

 

For more lunch tips and ideas, read our journal: Making snacks and drinks plastic free