Back to School In Style – Green Style


There are just seventeen days until the first day of school. I can’t believe how the summer has flown by; it’s time to start preparing for back to school.

New clothes, shoes, backpacks, lunch bags and pencil cases are just a few of the items on the back-to-school-lists of many busy moms and dads. Some children are excited to return for a new school year and some are dreading the day. Nonetheless we must send them off prepared.

Little S has a litterless lunch rule at her school. That means that whatever she brings in her lunch bag (which also must be garbage-free) must be reusable or edible – no garbage left behind. So to comply with this rule, we use reusable plastic containers for her snacks and sandwiches, but they have their flaws.

Plastic containers don’t last forever and crack under pressure. They also have dangerous chemicals like BPA in their makeup that worry me. That is why I was eager to try the stainless steel food containers from Steeltainer.


Steeltainers are eco-friendly, leak-proof containers that are a good choice for many occasions, namely school lunches. They have also been tested by a certified U.S. lab for BPA, lead and phthalates and passed with flying colours. This gives me peace of mind knowing that I’m not only being considerate of the environment, but also providing little S with the safest possible products.

The Steeltainers come in two convenient sizes: snack size and sandwich/salad size. In addition to safe and eco-friendly, Steeltainers are also economical. Snack containers retail for $11.95 and sandwich containers for $14.95; when you compare that to the cost of sandwich bags or disposable containers that’s a huge savings.


Steeltainers help to minimize food contact with plastic and eliminate wasteful single-use baggies. They’re also leak-proof with a silicone seal so you can send a wide variety of foods, this opens up the lunchtime options.

The snack-size container comes with an adjustable and removable separator and both sizes come with see through lids so you can see what’s inside and cleaning is a breeze. They’re freezer and top rack dishwasher-safe.

Steeltainers have an easy-clip lid that snaps open and alternatively snaps closed. The clips can be a little difficult to maneuver for small hands but little S, who is 3.5, had no problem at all taking the lids off or putting them back on.


Steeltainers are available in a variety of retailers and online stores as well in Canada and the U.S. Check out the full listing here.


The Big Carrot
iQ Living
Kol Kid
Mom Knows Best
The Ninety Ninth Monkey
Planet Kid
Simply Green Baby
Sip With Style


Bio Terre


The Good Planet Company
Pebble Baby and Children’s Store
Polka Dot Pond


City Mom