Fixing Lunch: Lunchsense Boxes Are A Great Solution for Eating on The Go

The financial and environmental impact of  simply preparing a homemade meal rather than submitting to prepackaged products  is astounding, but having the right tools to efficiently pack home blended baby food or work lunches is half the battle.  Our next two Thrifty Green Thursday posts are dedicated to a great product that grew out of a mom’s frustration with packing her children’s school lunches.  Mother of three, Nancy Myers, found a way to “fix lunch” by creating Lunchsense lunchboxes. 

The boxes are made of fabric and unsnap to create a clean eating surface that can be easily wiped down.  Inside are stored several locked leak-proof plastic containers that kids can easily open.  They might seem a bit pricey at first, but they’ll quickly pay themselves off if they help you skip even a handful of meals out.  Since Nancy lives right here in my hometown I had the chance to interview her myself.  Read on to find out more!

GBG: What makes Lunchsense lunchboxes a worthwhile investment for families? 

Nancy: Like many other people I have a drawer full of mismatched plastic containers and lids (none of which, it appears, hold just the right amount of food for a kid-sized meal), so I would succumb to single-use baggies, but I found that both the baggies and the leftover food in them would be thrown out every afternoon – an expensive and wasteful situation.  When I could manage to get lids WITH containers AND food to fit in them, they wouldn’t fit in the lunchboxes!  And then I found that the lunchboxes would disintegrate in a few short months.  

I just knew there had to be a better way, and after some trial-and-error, Lunchsense came into being.  Now all I have to think about is the food, not the containers, or the box, or the waste they might generate. 

GBG: Many parents have concerns about using plastic with their children’s food.  How do you address those worries? 

Nancy:  In truth, if I could find other containers made of anything other than plastic I’d consider using them, but as yet there isn’t anything else that is unbreakable, small enough for kid-sized portions, easy for kids to open, reasonably priced, and built to last.

That said, I like the Lock&Lock containers very much – they are made of polypropylene (recycling code #5), which is BPA-free and phthalate-free, and considered by Greenpeace to be one of a few acceptable options available for carrying food (the other plastic being polyethylene, recycling code #2).  They are also designed to fit together neatly, they are sized right for kids, and they are easy to open by just about any age. 

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Comments

  1. wow—what a cool lunch box! I’m definitely going to check out the web site!

  2. That lunchbox looks like it would work for adults too. That’s how we use up leftovers – we take them to work and eat them for lunch!

  3. These are great! I especially like that the box unfolds to be a clean eating surface. I hate throwing away paper placemats!

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