Summer holidays are starting to trickle away, which means it’s almost time to rein in the kids and get them prepped and primed for the new school year.
It’s also the perfect time to start educating them on how to live more sustainably, especially if that happens to be one of your 2019 resolutions.
These eight eco-friendly products are ideal for the impending ‘back-to-school’ period. Better yet, they can all be purchased online, which means no more navigating Kmart with a brood of kids and an ever-brimming trolley.
Smart, sleek and made from 100% food-grade stainless steel, the 3Squids lunchbox is a genius alternative to plastic lunchboxes. Featuring three generous compartments, it makes packing sandwiches and snacks ridiculously easy. Oh, and it’s also totally fine to pop in the dishwasher.
Yumbox Panino Lunchbox
If your child prefers a lunchbox with a splash of colour, the Yumbox Panino is a nifty choice. Its major selling point is the moulded silicone lid, which means you can ditch those tiny plastic tubs of yoghurt or dip and pour liquids straight into the four-compartment tray.
ONYA Reusable Lunch Wraps
While on the topic of packed lunches, these vegan-friendly wraps made from recycled plastic drink bottles are perfect for keeping sandwiches fresh. With a Velcro closure to keep food secure, the design is versatile enough to also house veggie sticks, pizza, biscuits, muffins, cakes and snack foods.
Earth Bottles x Love Mae
Not only do these drink bottles come in the sweetest Love Mae designs, they’ll also keep water cold for up to 24 hours and liquids warm for up to 12 hours. At 350ml they won’t hog space in your child’s schoolbag, and you can rest easy knowing they won’t leak or sweat throughout the day.
Eco-Bru Bamboo Toothbrush
I think we can all agree that “brush your teeth” is one of the most contested phrases in a child’s vocabulary (second only to “time to go to bed”). Why not turn this daily routine into a fun mini lesson on sustainability? Organic, vegan-friendly, and 100% recyclable with zero-waste packaging, the Eco-Bru bamboo toothbrushes tick all the eco-friendly boxes. The range of bristle colours also make them a fun addition to the bathroom sink.
Tinta Natural Wax Crayons
Created by two Melbourne mums, the Tinta Crayons are safe, natural and free of palm, soy or paraffin waxes. Each crayon is handmade in Melbourne and parcelled up in 100% recyclable packaging, making them eco-friendly knockouts. If that wasn’t enough to persuade you, the crayons are created in fun shapes like dinosaurs and shooting stars. It’s a win-win-win
ONYA Bread Bags
Whether you buy your bread fresh or bake it at home, these reusable bread bags are an ace alternative to single-use disposable bags (along with those pesky toggles and ties). Made from recycled plastic drink bottles, the bags are freezer-proof, easy to clean and double-lined to lock in freshness.
HoneyBee Reusable Beeswax Wraps
Originating in a family kitchen near Byron Bay, the HoneyBee Wrap is the green version of cling wrap. With a bunch of different sizes available, the reusable wraps help keep food fresh, whether it’s stored in the fridge or the lunchbox. What are they made of, you ask? It’s a combination of top quality ingredients like 100% organic cotton, natural Australian beeswax, organic coconut oil, tree resin and Australian jojoba oil.
Get your back-to-school stockpile sorted by shopping online at Alt: Living, or drop into our St Kilda store – we’re always up for a chat and a laugh!
Copywriter: Trish O’Loughlin