Eco-Friendly Lunch Gear for Tweens

Playful Learning: Eco-Friendly Lunch Gear for Tweens

A few years back, we set out to find waste-free and safe lunch gear for the girls (see below). I must say that the investments we made were very worthwhile, as we are still using many of the same containers today. Yet, the girls’ tastes have changed and after wearing through our last lunch bags (which were great too), it was time for a lunch attire update.

We need lots of flexibility because the girls love to switch up the contents on their lunches and like the freedom to have soup and other hot foods. So this is what we came up with, and is currently working really well for us. And yes, all of these containers do fit in the lunch tote…

  1. Bamboo Utensil Set
  2. Duo Stainless Steel Food Container
  3. Stainless Steel Snack Containers
  4. Insulated Food Jar
  5. Resusable Cloth Snack Bag
  6. Lunch Tote
  7. Travel Water Bottle

We still live by the same formula below, which guides our lunch packing decisions (now the girls help out and follow the same guidelines). Everyday they get one each of following foods:

  1. Fresh fruit: apple, orange, strawberries, blueberries
  2. Fresh vegetable: carrots, cucumbers, edamame, celery
  3. Main meal: sandwich, soup, leftovers
  4. Salty and crunchy: nuts, seeds, whole grain pretzels or corn chips
  5. Sweet: dried fruit, yogurt, applesauce, Fig Newmans
  6. Drink: water

For a glimpse at the eco-friendly lunch gear we used in the younger years, click here (you will see that we are sticking with many of the same brands).Playful Learning: Eco-Frendly Lunch Gear

More lunch-packing inspiration…


With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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  1. Great products! And I’m glad you mentioned that they drink water instead all the other options out there. That’s what I’m giving my son apart from milk and home made tea (without sugar) but sometimes I wonder whether I’m not to strict? Good to know that probably not! 🙂

    1. Hi Adrienn – Thanks for your comment. For school lunches I always give the girls water to drink. I am a bit more flexible at home because I have found that when I “don’t let” them have certain things, they quickly become “forbidden fruits.” A favorite drink at home and when we go out to restaurants is sparkling water with a splash of fruit juice.

  2. These are such lovely things.  I have never seen cutlery like this and the stainless steel snack pots. Please could you tell me where they come from or the company make them?  Many thanks

    1. Thanks Lucy! All of the links to products should be in the numbered section below the photo. We have been using them all for awhile now and are very happy…

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