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our favorite reusable items for packing lunch for the kids (and yourself!)

14 Essentials for Packing a Plastic Free Lunch

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As many of us are headed back to the office, it's time to get ready to start getting creative when it comes to packing lunches. Getting takeout for lunch every now and then is great, but it's expensive and there's just so much trash generated! Packing lunch is great for your wallet and for the planet, especially if you invest in some plastic free lunch packing essentials. While plastic sandwich bags and plastic containers may be convenient, they aren't the healthiest and are only adding to the plastic problem in our oceans. Instead, stock up on some of these reusable lunchbox essentials made from stainless steel, glass, wax, silicone, and cotton. Whether you're packing leftovers, a simple sandwich, or a salad, we've got you covered. Our plastic free lunch packing essentials are reusable, washable, and healthier than a bag full of plastic containers. We also have a roundup of general food storage containers you might want to check out.

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Non-Toxic Bathroom Cleaners

products you can buy to make your bathroom squeaky clean without dangerous fumes

Nobody likes doing it, but it's got to be done! Cleaning the bathroom doesn't have to be gross or involve lots of chemicals with dangerous fumes that leave your eyes teary and your head hurting. You can use an all purpose cleaner on most surfaces in the bathroom, but sometimes you need a little extra oomph to get rid of hard water stains and mold or mildew. Every now and then we also find ourselves needing to clear the drains too! We checked out all the lists and figured out which bathroom cleaning products are the safest and effective.

In addition to these products, we also love using a simple non-toxic all purpose cleaner and have lots of DIY cleaner recipes for getting your bathroom squeaky clean.

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The Best Non-Toxic Dish Soaps

Healthy, safe, and effective grease-cutting dish soap power

Updated for 2021!

Get your dishes clean without worrying about the chemicals in your dish soap. We rounded up the top 6 dish soaps without toxic chemicals or preservatives that are well-reviewed and easily available. You're welcome! We've had some questions about whether parents need a separate soap specifically for bottles and dishes. With these 6 picks, you can be rest assured that they will work well on your dinner plates but are also safe enough for baby bottles and toddler dishes. Also, for all the dishes you choose not to hand wash, take a peek at our dishwasher detergent roundup.

a) Attitude Dishwashing Liquid

b) Aunt Fannie's Microcosmic Probiotic Power Dish Soap

c) Better Life Dish Soap

d) ECOS Dishmate Dish Liquid

e) Common Good dish soap

f) Cleancult liquid dish soap

g) Trader Joe's Dish Soap Lavender Tea Tree


We rely on EWG's consumer databases, the Think Dirty App, and GoodGuide in addition to consumer reviews and widespread availability of products to generate these recommendations. Learn more on our methodology page.

*Because Health is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program so that when you click through our Amazon links, a percentage of the proceeds from your purchases will go to Because Health. We encourage you to shop locally, but if you do buy online buying through our links will help us continue the critical environmental health education work we do. Our participation does not influence our product recommendations. To read more about how we recommend products, go to our methodology page.

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Non-Toxic and Sustainable 2021 Kid's Gift Guide

These fun toys and games will be a hit with everyone!

The holidays are right around the corner, which means we're on the hunt for cool and unique gifts! First of all, especially for kid's gifts, we encourage you to look for hand me downs among friends and neighbors. That's always a super sustainable and cheap solutions. But if you're looking for a new purchase that is both non-toxic, healthy, and sustainable, we put together a great kid's gift guide. We've chosen some fun, eco-friendly gifts for kids of all ages.

This year, we have highlighted many products by many Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) owned/founded brands. Buying from these brands is a great way to support economic opportunities in BIPOC communities and celebrates diversity in the sustainability space. Additionally, since climate change is an urgent issue with so many health impacts, we are also highlighting brands that are Climate Neutral certified. That means that the brand has committed to measure, offset, and reduce the carbon they emit. We believe that consumers and companies must work together to embrace and make true commitments to diversity and sustainability. Look no further for the ultimate gift guide!

$: Under $50

Uno Nothin' but Paper Card Game

This classic card game game will keep kids and adults entertained for hours! This edition of UNO is made with all-paper and is fully recyclable. The deck and packaging are all made with FSC certified materials, soy-based ink, and water-based glue. We love this kind of attention to environmentally friendly materials and want more of it!

Little Like Kids Floor Puzzle (BIPOC brand)

This floor puzzle will entertain kids while encouraging brain development. The original artwork represents diversity by depicting families of mixed race and ethnicity. Plus these large puzzle pieces are durable enough to withstand years of use!

Klee Kids Natural Mineral makeup (BIPOC brand)

Natural, mineral-based makeup makes this kit by Klee Kids a no-brainer for dress-up play dates or costume parties. From a Snowy Star kit to a Rainbow Fairy kit, your kids will be begging for more. Formulated without parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances, you can feel good about he quality of this play makeup.

Monopoly Go Green Edition

Go green with this limited edition Monopoly game! Everything from the packaging to the gameboard are made with 100% recycled paper and the houses and dice are made from FSC certified wood. Moreover, the utilities in this version of the game are a wind farm and a solar field and the railroads are now bike paths! We love this opportunity to talk about sustainability and environmentally friendly practices while having some family fun.

Make Maki Sushi Game

Compete against a partner to see who can be the quickest maki maker! This wooden game is made from sustainable, FSC-certified wood, and non-toxic, water-based paints.

Klean Kanteen 12 oz Water Bottle (Climate Neutral certified)

This durable water bottle from Klean Kanteen is perfect for little hands! Cute designs and a metal straw make this bottle a winner. It's also easy to take the cap apart so that no mold grows in nooks and crannies.

Haba Doll

A doll without PVC! This HABA doll is sturdy enough to withstand rough play but also soft for cuddling and carrying. She has beanbag bottom so she can sit on her own. Your kids can also dress up the doll in other HABA compatible outfits and accessories. Plus the doll is machine washable so if it really gets dirty you can give it a good cleaning before bedtime.

Great Pretenders Dinosaur Cape

Bring Jurassic Park to your home with this super cute dinosaur pretender cape from Great Pretenders. Made to last for hand me downs, this costume is durable and machine washable.

Zip Top Reusable 100% Silicone Baby + Kid Snack Containers

These silicone snack containers with animal faces are so cute we want some for ourselves! Perfect for snacks on the go.

Minikin Black History Paper Doll (BIPOC brand)

These Black history paper dolls by Minikin Paper Dolls are educational and seriously cute. Each doll includes a short bio and 1 additional outfit.

Brio Rechargable train

This rechargable train toy by Brio means no more batteries in the trash! Fully compatible with most wooden railway sets, this train is sure to become a favorite.

Hedley & Bennett Kids Apron (BIPOC brand)

Your little sous chef will look adorable in this kids apron by Hedley and Bennett. It's two size options can fit kids as young as 2 and old as 8

$ $: Between $50-100

Kiwico Fort Builder Kit (BIPOC brand)

Let creativity run wild with this fort builder kit from Kiwico! It's strong but flexible wooden polls and connectors allow kids to create countless different structures.

Hape Castle Escape Quadrilla Wooden Marble Run

Kids will develop a love for STEM with this award winning wooden marble run by Hape. It's built from wooden and recyclable materials and the paint is non-toxic. Help your kid develop spatial and reasoning abilities with this fun gift.

Lovevery Building Block Set

The Block Set by Lovevery contains 70 toy pieces that offer 20+ fun activities for many growth stages, starting at 18 months to 4+ years. Crafted using FSC-certified, sustainably harvested wood and water-based finishes.

Meri Meri Jeremy Crocodile Toy

Made from knitted organic cotton, this Jeremy Crocodile from Meri Meri will be the perfect addition to any playroom!

$ $ $: Over $100

ECR4Kids Table and Chair set

A kids table and chair set that boasts clean lines and a simple modern structure. Bonus that it is also certified Greenguard Gold and lead and phthalate free. Super sturdy and easy to clean, it's perfect for arts and crafts and snack time.

Burton One piece Winter Snowsuit

Keep kids warm on the slopes without the use of PFC (PFAS) chemicals with a snowsuit from Burton! Plus, the sleeves and pant legs are extendable so it can be used for many snow seasons!

Lorena Canal Play Rug

Washable rugs are so in right now, but many are made from synthetic fibers. This play rug from Lorena Canals is crafted from natural cotton and uses only non-toxic dyes an is easy to wash. No more worrying about spills and messes that are just a natural part of childhood!

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Healthier Food Storage Containers

Plastic free jars, boxes, and wraps!

Updated for 2022!

We scoured the internet finding an assortment of safer and healthier ways to keep your leftovers and meal prep ingredients fresh. All of these options are sustainable, have many glowing reviews, and are easily available. We also have a roundup more specifically for packing lunch you might also want to check out too!

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Plastic-Free (and Melamine-Free!) Outdoor Tableware

They won't break, look great, and are sure to be perfect for you outdoor gatherings

Updated for Summer 2022!

Getting ready for some outdoor parties and dining this summer? We sure are! If you're looking to spruce up your outdoor dining scene, you'll quickly see that most options are made of melamine. Even though melamine dishware doesn't look like plastic, melamine can leach into food after dishes are repeatedly microwaved or used to hold both hot and acidic foods (read this to learn why you might want to skip the melamine). So if melamine is out, and easy to break options like ceramic just don't work for you (children being children, slippery surfaces, clumsy grownups!), check out these stainless steel, enamelware, wood, and tempered glass options. Although we always recommend reusable, we included one disposable option too (without PFAS chemicals). These are our top picks for plastic-free outdoor dishware, serving bowls and platters, tumblers, and more. They are all light weight, hard to break, and will make your outdoor entertaining photos look on point. So pick up some of these plastic-free and melamine-free outdoor dishes and enjoy dining al fresco!

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Non-Toxic Baking Essentials

For everything from cupcakes, to pie, to cornbread we've got you covered

Updated for 2021!

Whether you are a full on baker or just someone who struggles with the directions on the back of a box of cake mix, having the right pans is always a necessity. While nonstick may seem like an amazing invention to help with this, you should shy away from it (read this to learn why) and check out these great alternatives. Same goes for cooking, so check out our non-toxic alternatives to non-stick pans roundup.

Cuisinart Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls with Lids
Farberware Professional Stainless Steel Whisk
OXO Good Grips Silicone Spatula
Wilton Aluminum Springform Pan
GreenLife Ceramic Nonstick Muffin Pan
Nordic Ware Aluminum Square Cake Pan
GreenLife Ceramic Nonstick Loaf Pan
Pyrex 3 Quart Glass Baking Dish 9" x 13"
TeamFar Stainless Steel Baking Sheet with Rack Set
If You Care Parchment Baking Paper
Emile Henry Modern Classics Pie Dish
Silicone Bundt Cake Pan 9 inch
Amazon Basics Reusable Silicone Baking Cups, Muffin Liners


*Because Health is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program so that when you click through our Amazon links, a percentage of the proceeds from your purchases will go to Because Health. We encourage you to shop locally, but if you do buy online buying through our links will help us continue the critical environmental health education work we do. Our participation does not influence our product recommendations. To read more about how we recommend products, go to our methodology page.

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Non-Toxic Alternatives to Non-Stick Pans

No need for Teflon to get a clean releasing pan

Updated for 2021!

By now, you've probably heard that Teflon and other chemicals used to make pans nonstick aren't great for your health. But, maybe that left you asking how you were supposed to get the perfectly cooked fried egg without it sticking to the pan. Look no further, we have a found a collection of pans that aren't covered in toxic chemicals that still get the perfect sear without the best parts being left stuck on the bottom of the pan. These pans are durable and will last a lifetime. If you're looking to make some delicious baked goods, check out our alternatives for non-stick baking.

non stick pan alternative with no teflon

a) Debuyer Elemental Iron and Carbon Steel

b) Craft Wok Traditional Hand Hammered Carbon Steel Wok


c) Made In Blue Carbon Steel Frying Pan

d) Lodge Cast Iron

e) Staub Perfect Pan
f) Victoria Cast Iron

g) Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Skillet


h) All-Clad D3 Stainless Cookware Fry Pan
i) The Ringer (perfect for cleaning both cast iron and carbon steel)


*Because Health is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program so that when you click through our Amazon links, a percentage of the proceeds from your purchases will go to Because Health. We encourage you to shop locally, but if you do buy online buying through our links will help us continue the critical environmental health education work we do. Our participation does not influence our product recommendations. To read more about how we recommend products, go to our methodology page.

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