Keep your kids school lunches waste-free by using reusable beeswax instead of plastic

5 products that will help make back-to-school more sustainable

It’s time to rejoice. The kids are heading back to school. But we know what’s coming: the dreaded stationery list. The list of requests for school bags, pens, pencils and everything in between. 

To help you out we’ve created the ultimate must-have list to help you get the year off to the right start. And no, we didn’t get paid for this, we just love to see kiwis making less of an impact in everything we do. 

Lunchboxes 

Rather than picking up the latest Lego lunchbox, we love the idea of these stainless steel lunch boxes from the Lunchbox Inc. Not only can your kids personalise them with a range of funky stickers, but being stainless steel it’s easy to wipe out any of those uneaten snacks that are left at the end of the day. 

Keeping water cold 

As adults, there’s nothing more satisfying than taking a sip of water that’s been kept cold with an insulated drink bottle. We reckon little ones and teenagers will love an insulated drink bottle too. You can pick them up from businesses like Hydroflask who offer an awesome selection of colours for your kids to choose from. 

Wrap lunches in beeswax 

Swap out the roll of glad wrap for beeswax this year. Not only does beeswax keep food fresher for longer, but it is also naturally antibacterial, washable and comes in a range of different sizes and colours to suit every member of your household. We love the range from LilyBee, with different sized packs to fit every lunchbox. Plus, they just became B Corp certified so you know they walk the talk. 

The all-important school bag 

There are many brands now offering environmentally friendly bags for kids and adults alike. We suggest you look no further than Fjallraven

Fjallraven is committed to sustainability throughout the entire manufacturing process, from design to production. Their bags use natural and recycled materials and don’t use any harmful chemicals in their manufacturing process. As a brand, they prioritize longevity, recyclability, function, and simplicity. Plus, their range of colours will mean your kid will be the envy of the schoolyard. 

Keeping pencil cases sustainable 

Our tips don’t stop at food and drink. Eco-products have come a long way and you can now make better choices with what’s inside your kid's pencil case. Eco Warehouse offers a range of highlighters, pens, erasers and pencils that are made of up to 95% recycled packaging and contain no nasties, with non-toxic soy-based ink. Colouring in just got cool and sustainable.

Want more eco-tips? Here's a list of everyday swaps you can make to help lessen your impact on the planet.