If you’re shopping for back to school here is a selection of gear that you may not have seen before. All are kid safe and whether you’re looking for environmentally friendly or just plain cute or very cool, these are worth a look.
Reusable Water and Juice Bottles
Kid Basix Safe Sporter This is my son’s favorite sport bottle, stainless steel, with a no-slip grip and a snap down top that keep dirt out and drips in. Single-walled, BPA and phthalate free, as well as dishwasher safe, it’s available in 2 sizes, 12 oz & 16 oz in 3 colors per size. They retail for $14.95 & $15.95.
This new bottle from Vapur is very cool, it has a 16 oz capacity and is made form a BPA-free polymer that can stand up when full or be rolled, folded or flattened when empty. It’s dishwasher safe (top rack), can be frozen, has its own carabiner and a writable text area so everyone knows it’s yours. Available in 5 colors, it retails for $8.95.
Another snazzy new bottle with a super cool design (designed by Karim Rashid), the Bobble has a built-in, replaceable carbon filter, so this bottle can be filled and refilled anywhere. The filter filters about 40 gallons or 150 liters before in needs to be replaced. Selling for 9.95 it is offered in 6 colors. Replacement filters are $6.95.
This straw cup is a child-friendly cup with an easy grip shape and an easy twist straw mechanism that keeps the straw clean and drink in when not in use. It holds 14 oz, has a silicone straw and is top rack dishwasher safe. Available in 4 colors, it retails for $7.99.
This NeoGreene insulated drink holder, is available in 3 sizes and includes a handy clip to easily attach your bottle to any backpack or lunchbox. The design even makes it easy to drink from the bottle while still in the insulating holder and will hold wide-mouth bottles. NeoGreene is a water based, environmentally friendly alternative to neoprene. The Manatees retail for $11.95-$13.95.
Reusable Lunch Containers
LunchbotsThese stainless containers are great for packing lunch, especially if you want to avoid plastic. I use the smallest, the Pico for my 5 year old son. It’s divided, so you can pack two items together without mixing or mushing or mashing, but still leaves plenty of room in his lunchbox for other items. There are also 3 larger sizes of these very handy easy to open containers. The Pico retails for $12.99.
Fresh Snack Pack Another of our favorite pouches the Fresh Snack Pack is like a plastic bag, only better. Available in 2 sizes ($4.50-$5.50), these are great for snacks and sandwiches, plus they are see through so everyone knows exactly what’s inside right away. We use them everyday for lunch and to hold snacks for outings. They are easy to open and made from thick BPA & phthalate-free EVA. Plus since they’re soft, they’re super easy to fit into any type of lunch container.
WasteNot Saks We also use these for lunch and snacks and they are available in a wide array of patterns that will please all ages. The convenient sizes make them easy to fit in anywhere when packing a lunch, plus they are also easy to open for little hands. The cotton exterior is lined with a water-resistant, food safe nylon they are PVC, Phthalate, BPA, and lead free. Custom orders are available from the Etsy shop, so if you don’t see a look you love, you can choose your own. ($6.50-$7.50)
Bebeloosh Mini I found these reusable velcro closure sacks on Etsy and they are not only as cute as can be, but made in Sunnyside, which makes them local. Made from 55% recycled hemp and 45% organic unbleached cotton they are offered either plain or decorated with wonderful appliques. Available in snack and sandwich size, as singles or in sets of up to 5, they start at $5.99 each and are absolutely beautiful. You won’t be able to resist.