Tan Rutley, a teacher/blogger/maker/hugger, is the creator of Squirrelly Minds where she shares DIY creations, recipes, and more to make your life pretty and fun. Her mind never stops thinking, planning, and making (squirrelly mind, get it?) and her projects nearly always leave her covered in glitter or flour. Sometimes both. Tan is an island girl living in Canada's west coast with her husband and overly fluffy kitty Lucy.
We're getting smarter about the materials we use on a day to day basis, exchanging plastic shopping bags for fabric ones and chemically filled cleaning products for more natural solutions. Lunch is a daily ritual and another area in which we can do our part to swap out plastic and disposable items for more eco-friendly ones; and Wayfair has tons of options.
Photo: Tan Rutley
This bamboo utensil set by ToGoWare is lighter and more compact than toting silverware around and, for obvious reasons, is far better than disposable plastic utensils. Plus, it comes in a cute little case!
If you love the flexibility of plastic bags as an alternative to bulky plastic containers, but the waste factor hurts your eco-friendly conscience, go for these reusable snack bags by Itzy Ritzy instead.
This colorful lunchbag by Hadaki is not only bright and fun, but eco-friendly--the perfect alternative to those brown bag lunches.
This stainless steel two-tiered lunch carrier by ToGoWare is dishwasher safe, comes with a 100% recycled cotton carrier, is lighter than glass, and more eco friendly than plastic.
These foldable water bottles from Smart Planet have two perks:
They're reusable and therefore better than disposable plastic water bottles.
They're far less bulky than their reusable steel, glass, or plastic counterparts. At the end of the day, they fold up nicely and slip easily into your child's backpack (or your purse).