Here in Oregon, the heat has come early this summer. Many people are heading to beaches and lakes to cool off. To leave those places as beautiful as you found them, consider these kawaii eco-friendly items for your snacks and treats. Then continue using them all year long in lunches and car trips.
In the US, it is extremely common to use Ziplock bags for everything. That adds up to a lot of plastic garbage. 2 years ago, I switched to Russbe Reusable Snack and Sandwich bags (US – also on Amazon worldwide) and I’m so glad I did as I almost never use disposable Ziplocks anymore. They can go in the dishwasher, which is really lovely. But my favorite thing about these bags over others is that the gusseted design allows them to stand up on their own. We have Yellow Cat, although I’m tempted to add Pink Monster to our collection.
If you’re not familiar with the company Kikkerland, prepare to fall in love. They have so many kawaii goods and they have an entire section called Reduce & Reuse (US / EU). I have this Hot and Cold Pack + Bear, which is the perfect size to slip in a lunch bag as well as to ice the many bumps and bruises my active daughter gets. (She loves that the polar bear “lives” in our freezer.)
Hello Kitty has a new collaboration with Igloo (US) so you can keep your drinks cool in kawaii style with one of their many adorable coolers.
Get a Hello Kitty reusable utensil set to match at JapanLA (US). I have a set like this for work and I love that it has a case to put the used utensils in when it’s time to pack up, keeping everything clean.
After packing up your snacks, consider this awesome alternative to plastic wrap (cling film) from IKEA (worldwide). These ÖVERMÄTT silicone food covers are the answer to the half apples and cucumbers I always seem to have left over. In addition to helping me use less plastic, these are going to help me waste less food.
Add some colorful charm to any trip, from grocery store to a lakeside barbeque with this adorable Kawaii Fruit & Vegetables Shopper Bag from Asking For Trouble (UK). It has gussets so while it can lie flat, it expands to hold a lot. And the best part is that it is washable. Actually, the best part are those kawaii faces on the fruit and veg.
Popsicle wrappers are always plastic, so I was thrilled when I noticed Russbe also makes Reuse-A-Pop bags (US – similar on Amazon worldwide). The top has a zipper seal, so even if they melt in your bag they won’t leak. It has a picture of a kid on the packaging, but I’m already planning on trying some of these boozy popsicle recipes for backyard afternoons with my feet in the paddling pool.
If you have more kawaii eco-friendly suggestions, I’d love to hear them! You can also find some ideas in our Home & Kitchen section.
Nova is a contributing writer who lives in the Pacific Northwest in America with her husband, young daughter, and 3 cats – Evey, Ophelia, and Adora. She is an introvert and a traveler who has been to over 20 countries. Her first years as a teacher were teaching English in Japan, so Japan and all things kawaii will always have a special place in her heart. Nova’s favorite color is grey, character is Rilakkuma, and cartoon is Adventure Time