If you are like me, you’ve been in denial that summer is over and that you actually have to get your kids (and yourself) some fresh gear for the new school year. One of the things that I am often asked by my corporate-kid-free-friends and mom-friends alike is “what should I be storing my/my kids’ food in?” It is such a simple switch to make, and I promise you’ll never long for that nasty old plastic stuff. BeHomeWell offers a variety of my favorite nontoxic kitchen and meals-on-the-go gear, and between now and October 4th, they are offering 20% OFF all of it with the code BAREBEAUTY. This stuff never goes on sale, anywhere – it’s time to stock up, people!
I also love ECOlunchbox’s Nesting Bento Box for when I pack Annabel’s meals. There is a place for everything, and she seems to like “exploring” and finding the different foods in each compartment. We all love them for travel; they’re great for the beach school, picnics, etc. because they keep food separate (apple sauce will never agin leach into your pasta salad) and fresh. This perfect little bento box is crafted from 100% high-quality, non-toxic stainless steel. Because it does not contain plastic, the lunchbox is free of all estrogen-mimicking chemicals, such as bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates, and bisphenol-S (BPS). Also, these babies last forever.
The ECOlunchbox Seal Cup Trio is awesome, too. Plastic-free and leak-proof, it’s the perfect container set for packing three different items and keeping the foods separate. And, when lunch is over, they stack inside each other to sve room in your bag. I use these in place of ziplock bags all the time for Annabel’s grapes, animal crackers, etc. We have also loved the ECOlunchbox Small Stainless Steel Tray. It’s the perfect size for kids, it’s indestructible, and you won’t feel weird about putting hot food on it. (Does anyone else share my severe aversion to plastic?!) Also, your kids won’t fight over who gets which color/animal/character on their darn plate. Everyone gets silver. No complaining. Done.
Did you know that over 40 Billion disposable plastic utensils are used in the USA every year? And, the vast majority are not being recycled, they’re ending up in landfills. If you order takeout to your office every day, or if you frequent lunch spots that only offer plastic utensils, maybe you should give Organic Bamboo Travel Utensils a try. They are really well-made, and last forever. You will love saying “no utensils, please” when you place your next to-go order.
On that note, did you know that Americans use 500 Million plastic drinking straws EVERY DAY? Our family loves the Onyx stainless steel straws. They make them in two sizes, so they’re great for kids, too.
How guilty do you feel every time you use Plastic Wrap? (It’s not recyclable, and it leaches nasty chemicals into our food.) Bee’s Wrap is made of beeswax, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil and tree resin. The warmth of your hands creates a seal, and you just wash the wrap with cool water and a gentle soap. They are perfect for cheese, veggies, sandwiches, etc. they look cute, and you use can use them hundreds of times!
I was also so glad to find Onyx Containers at BeHomeWell. For a long time, I’ve been collecting Pyrex containers and slowly recycling or giving away most of our tupperware and plastic food storage, but even Pyrex uses plastic for its lids – yuck. Onyx Glass and Stainless Steel Airtight Containers are made from 18/8 stainless steel, FDA approved silicone, and borosilicate glass. These containers are perfect for leftovers, for the freezer, or for on the road. Just push the silicone button down to create an airtight seal. Pull the button up to release the seal, and lift the lid.
Ever since I had Annabel, I’ve learned that organization is key to keeping us all happy and on time. These Zippered Travel Pouches help with that when we travel. Made from recycled plastic bottles, they come in a pack of 5, in multiple sizes, and they roll up into little-tootsie-roll-nothings. I use one for Annabel’s on-the-go snacks, one for her in-flight entertainment, etc. It helps me find everything in my enormous Mary Poppins tote so much faster. And, they are great for the busy professional traveller, too. We also use them for shoes, toiletries, socks, underwear, etc. when packing. A true lifesaver! Other favorites are the Reusable Produce Bags and Reusable Bulk Bags. I use mine every single time I grocery shop, and people always ask where I bought them. It reaffirms to me that everyone would make better choices if we just knew where to find them! These bags are machine washable, and you’ll find a million other uses for them as well.
So, there you have it folks. Quality, responsible, nontoxic kitchen and food gear at 20% off. Just for you.
Also, one other tidbit – Zoe Organics is now available at Nordstrom! I’m so excited for the growth of this small, independent baby care company. Their products are some of my absolute favorite for the kiddos, and they make great baby shower gifts. While I love to support my favorite independent, clean-and-green-only retailers, I am also glad that more of the corporate retailers are getting on board with our powerful movement.
I hope you’re having a great week!