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Sustainability Guide Kit for Kids

The Sustainability
Starter Kit for Kids

It’s called show-and-tell. Kids learn best by seeing and doing. Talking to kids about caring for the planet is great, but showing them—be it by way of countertop composting, kitchen gardening, or swapping single-use lunch box gear for reusable alternatives—is even better. Perhaps best of all: It’s decidedly more fun than going the conventional route.

  • 1

    It’s Not Easy
    Being Green

    You don’t need a tricked-out backyard to introduce a new generation to the joys of gardening. This LED-light-powered, self-irrigating kitchen garden grows organic herbs—basil, parsley, chives—plus cherry tomatoes, regardless of the season or weather. So we can all enjoy the fruits of our labor year-round.

  • Veritable CLASSIC VERITABLE GARDEN Veritable CLASSIC VERITABLE GARDEN goop, $200
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    Scrap it

    Step one: Read this article on the benefits of composting (less food trash in landfills = less methane emissions, to start) with your child. Step two: Start collecting vegetable discards, eggshells, coffee grounds, and more into this downright adorable bamboo-fiber compost bin. With a little care, you’ll convert kitchen scraps into nutrients for your backyard.

  • Bamboozle Bamboo Compost Bin Bamboozle Bamboo Compost Bin goop $44
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    Lunch
    Box Hero

    Of the 365 days in a year, most require a packed lunch (plus snacks!) if you’re a kid of a certain age. That’s thousands of disposable plastic baggies over the course of a single child’s packed-lunch career. Reusable Stasher bags serve the exact same purpose—stashing sandwiches, pretzels, apple slices, carrot sticks—over and over and over. They’re made of food-grade silicone, have an airtight seal, and are safe to throw in the dishwasher and microwave.

  • Stasher Reusable Sandwich Bag Set Stasher Reusable Sandwich Bag Set goop $24
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    Waterworks

    Three words: shatter-resistant glass. While that’s already a solid selling point, the silicone sleeve is an extra layer of protection. The bottle also has an extra slim shape, so it takes up less backpack real estate.

  • GOOP GLASS WATER BOTTLE SOMA x goop GOOP GLASS WATER BOTTLE goop $32
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    The Final Straw

    It’s a fact of life that kids are super into straws. Fun. Easy. Disposable. What’s not to like? A lot, actually. Plastic straws are the fifth-most-common trash found on beaches. As an alternative, bamboo straws far surpass the plastic stuff. For all the obvious sustainability-centric reasons, plus the fact that they last forever and are easy to clean (soak in a boiled-water-and-vinegar mixture for a deeper clean). The same applies to plastic cutlery: Swapping it out for the reusable bamboo alternative is a simple step you can take to minimize your child’s carbon footprint.

  • Bamboo Straw Girl
        goop Exclusive Bamboo Bamboo Straw Girl goop Exclusive Bamboo
    Straws, Set of 4
    goop, $18
  • Bamboo Straw Girl
        Bamboo Cutlery Set Bamboo Straw Girl Bamboo Cutlery Set goop, $22
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    Protect Tiny Peepers

    In a perfect world, after our kids finish composting and caring for their indoor gardens, they spend whatever free time they have left reading books. In the real world, there are screens and a lot of blue-light exposure. The best Band-Aid around: screen protectors. When it’s screen time, these clear tempered glass films help block the blue light (and protect your phone from scratches, too).

  • EyeJust BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING SCREEN PROTECTOR EyeJust BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING SCREEN PROTECTOR goop, $25
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