Back to School Review & Giveaway from MightyNest

By Kristie Turck •  Published 07/27/11 •  5 min read

Last updated on August 6th, 2011 at 04:35 pm

I know, you’re thinking “Back to school already? It’s still JULY.” But, some of you can relate to me because my son starts Kindergarten on August 8th. Which is so bizarre to me having grown up in New York where school was a distant thought until Labor Day.  Anyway, so since many kids will be going back to the books in August I am happy to feature some great items that will make going back to school a little less toxic and of course, waste free.  One of my favorite non-toxic retailers is  So of course, shopping for lunch gear is made rather simple by stopping in their online shop.  They have a great selection of reusable lunch gear for kids and adults.  What I love most is their reluctance to sell items that are primarily plastic.  So I’d like to highlight a few favorite products and then give them away.  Sound good?

Life Factory Glass Beverage Bottles – These cuties are almost a replica of their larger glass bottles, one of which I have sitting on my desk as I type this filled with water, ice and lemon slices.  They are a 9 ounce glass bottle that fits in a lunch bag and is adorned with a silicone sleeve to prevent breaking.  Though I’ve tried to smash a few Life Factory products in my time and have been pretty unsuccessful.  I love being able to use glass instead of plastic to hold liquids, especially for my kids.  This would be perfect for an older kid, tween or teenager – Hey, they need stuff too!  My 5 year old loves it because it’s just like mine, but the wider opening is cause for some spillage so I don’t know I’d trust him at school with it.  MightyNest does carry a sippy adapter for these though so they can be used for the young ones too. I’m a big fan of Life Factory’s products. Now if only they’d make a sport cap so I can take mine to the gym….

SnackTAXI snack and sandwich bags – These have primarily replaced any need for plastic wrap in my kids lunch boxes. They are reusable fabric bags that are lined with coated nylon. They can be machine washed and dried or very simply wiped clean with a damp sponge or washcloth.  I just rinse them out and dry them overnight.  You can fit a regular sized sandwich, veggies, or a generous portion of dry snacks in one snackTAXI.  With the sandwich I like to wrap it with a snackTAXI and then encase it in a reusable sandwich box to prevent squashing.  When you carry a reusable bottle to school it can be heavy and smush your carefully crafted sandwich.  I love these for bringing snacks to preschool or to the playground too.  They have really cute designs too!

LunchBots Uno Stainless Steel Food Containers – Ok I know I’ve gushed about LunchBots before but it bears repeating.  I love these little containers and so do the kids.  When I first started shopping for alternatives to plastic for lunch storage I had a hard time finding something that fit a regular sized sandwich. Anyone who uses whole wheat or whole grain bread knows that the slices are pretty big and hearty.  I can fit a regular sized or larger size sandwich in one of these no problem. Once in a while I might have to cut off a corner or two if it’s misshapen bread but mostly, it works great.  My son can open the container himself and it comes back from school empty. I also love these for carrying snacks and the LunchBots Duo is perfect for sending in fruit or dry snacks.  I am a fan of their Rounds containers too.  A little birdie told me they are coming out with an insulated round soon.

Stop by to find these and other great reusable lunch gear.  They’ve just added lunch boxes and back packs too.

Win All Three!

MightyNest has so generously offered to give one SAfeMama reader a set of the above items just in time for back to school!

Here’s How To Enter (Required):

Visit MightyNest and have a look around.  Tell me in the comments what back to school items you would love to have for your kids or for yourself!

For Extra Entries:(You must leave a comment for each extra entry for them to count and you must have already completed the required entry method above):

One US winner will be selected at random using  Entries will be accepted until August 2, 2011 at midnight EST.  Good Luck!  Thank you MightyNest!

Congratulations to Nathalee G. commenter #204!