Then take a look at our Green Guide to Back to School for tips! This guide isn't just for grade schoolers. College students need school supplies and meal-time inspiration as well, and reusable containers, utensils and straws aren't just for students, they're great for work or take-out too!
Kids and Teens Back to School
~ Cookbooks ~
The "Vegan Lunch Box" includes bento box (a multi-compartment box that separates different courses) style lunches. The author designed each lunch to be a well-balanced meal including whole grains, protein, fruit, vegetables, calcium and dessert! Short on time? There is a "quick and easy" section as well as meals that can be made the night before for those hectic mornings!
Available on Amazon.com in paperback ($12.77) or Kindle format ($12.99)
Check your local library!
A follow-up cookbook to "Vegan Lunch Box," this cookbook includes 100 international and regional American menus organized by each corner of the world. If your child is bored of the same old foods, try an international delight such as Ratatouille, Sushi or New England Chowder. All recipes are meat, egg and dairy-free.
Available on Amazon.com in Kindle format ($12.99) or used paperback (starting at $1.99)
Healthy and nutritious recipes for breakfast, lunch and snacks! Lunch entrees including Cool Refried Bean Wraps and the Vegan Elvis Sandwich and heart-healthy snacks including homemade kale chips, energy bars, and raw veggies and dip. There are also suggestions on bento-style lunch boxes to pack all this goodness in.
Available on Amazon.com in Kindle format ($2.99)
Kids are usually more inclined to eat healthier and try new things if they are involved in the process. This cookbook is geared towards the 6-12 age range. Chapters include kitchen safety tips, a handy shopping list, and ingredients with definitions. Some of those defined ingredients include superfoods like gogi berries, chia seeds and cacao, along with other nutrient-dense foods like Bragg Liquid Aminos and nutritional yeast.
Available on Amazon.com in paperback ($10.93)
~ Eco-friendly lunch solutions ~
According to their website, one LunchSkin bag equals 500+ plastic bags. LunchSkins donates proceeds from every order to 5Gyres to help fight against ocean plastic pollution.
The company also manufactures disposable paper bags in sandwich, snack and quart sizes, that are recyclable or home compostable and reusable lunch bags.
Shop online or at Amazon.com or use the store locator to find the nearest retailer.
In addition to the food-safe bags, PlanetWise offers other plastic alternatives including wet bags (for stinky gym clothes, dirty clothes when traveling or wet swimsuits), reusable wipe pouches, pail liners, tote bags and more!
Search their handy database for local retailers or shop online.
The company sells a number of food containers in just about any size you could need. And they also sell travel utensil sets and lunch totes to fit any style.
Shop online or at retailers such as The Container Store. The website has a store locator search option.
Alternatively, NoPlastic.ca sells a stainless steel vacuum flask/thermos, as well as several other plastic-free food storage alternatives including airtight and watertight containers, tiffins and partitioned food containers – perfect for back-to-school lunches, office lunches or for an eco-friendly restaurant to-go (or I-couldn't-possibly-eat-any-more-of-this-delicious-dish-but-I-probably-have-room-for-dessert leftovers storage).
The Girls Gone Green is now a wholesale retailer of these eco beauties! Come see us at one of our events or shop online on the To-Go Ware website.
Alternatively, you can purchase stainless steel reusable straws or even bamboo straws if glass doesn't sound appealing to you. StrawFree.org handcrafts straws from locally harvested bamboo. Stainless steel straws are available at a number of retailers, including Bed Bath and Beyond and Target, and online.
~ Eco-friendly School Supplies ~
Shop online at www.StubbyPencilStudio.com for these and other great eco-friendly school and office supplies!
When you've used your pencil down to its stub, simply plant the pencil upside-down in dirt!
The company sells ballpoint pens made from bamboo and corn plastic, notebooks with paper made from materials such as sugar cane and stone, and recycled rubber erasers.
Onyx and Green products are available on Amazon.
~ Cookbooks and Dining Out ~
From breakfast smoothies to salads, main dishes, and microwaveable vegan macaroni and cheese and vegetable microwave curry, learn how to cook the college way with this handy cookbook. Also find out what tools of the trade the author recommends to stock your kitchen with useful gadgets, gizmos and appliances.
Available on Amazon.com in paperback ($9.95) or Kindle format ($3.99)
Learn how to stock your kitchen, find vegan alternatives to your favorite foods, and cook easy microwave meals for dorm-friendly dining.
Available on Amazon.com in paperback ($10.87) or Kindle format ($7.99)
Skip the old standbys: Ramen noodles and Mac n Cheese and opt for Lettuce Wraps, Tempeh Reuben Sandwiches and Tex-Mex Tempeh Tacos. There are tons of other recipes including breakfast, snacks and dips, soups, burgers, wraps, salads and more. Take your vegan college food to the next level!
Available on Amazon.com in paperback ($12.64) or Kindle format ($4.99)
Who has time to cook when you're busy studying? This cookbook features over 120 recipes including no bake desserts (peanut butter fudge anyone?), no cook breakfasts, and quick pasta, rice and tofu dishes.
At just $4.99, this cookbook is definitely college budget friendly, and since it's only available in the ebook format, it won't be taking up precious dorm room space (or walk off with one of your hungry friends who's craving peanut butter fudge in the middle of a cram session.)
Available on Amazon.com in the Kindle format ($4.99)
Dining out? Money can be tight on a shoestring college budget, however, if you find yourself with a little extra money to dine out now and again, you can use HappyCow to locate vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants, natural health food stores and more near you.
Keep this valuable info at your fingertips with the HappyCow app, available for iPhone or Android: Download here
~ Care Packages ~
Green your care packages to your college-bound student! This paper parcel tape, available at the Etsy greenfibres shop, is silicone-free and recyclable.