BPA-free Lunchboxes for Waste-free School Lunches

I can hardly believe that my little “green baby” will be entering kindergarten in a month! I thought I’d take a quick break from the cloth diapers and homemade baby food and talk about the latest in eco-friendly lunch boxes. While many of the options below are made from plastic, they are all BPA-free. I’m going to strive for waste-free school lunches, which means I’m looking for reusable containers to avoid buying juice boxes, individual tubs of applesauce, and other products with disposable packaging.

Now, Audrey is lucky enough to have a grandmother who bought her a Crocodile Creek Pocket Lunchbox ($13.66). These lunch boxes come in several adorable designs; my future kindergartner chose the princess.


Her lunchbox does not come with containers inside, but I’m thinking of getting the EasyLunchboxes 3-compartment Bento Lunch Box Containers. A set of four costs $13.95. I like that there are fewer pieces than other bento sets. This should make things easier for Audrey and for us.

LunchSkins Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags Set ($25) look like a good choice if you want to avoid buying disposable sandwich bags.

The Kids Konserve Go Wild Waste-Free Lunch Kit costs $38.07, but it does come with everything your child could possibly need in a lunch set!

I know that Laptop Lunches Bento Kits are very popular here in Portland. The outer lunch box comes in different patterns, and the inner bento sets are available in a variety of colors. The components of the kit are often separately, or for $40.00 you could get a complete kit with a recipe book.

This Collapsible Lunchbox ($20.00) looks like a novel invention!

Finally, the Eco Lunch Box three-in-one set ($20.95) is your choice if you’re looking for a stainless steel lunch box. Once upon a time I looked all over the place for a stainless steel bento box, and I ended up getting something very similar to this. It’s a great option if you’re opposed to all plastics.

We’ve yet to try out our lunch box system, so I can’t give it a personal endorsement. If you have experience with any of these products–or if we’ve left out a great lunch box–let us know in the comments!

Comments

  1. I love our Planetbox!! http://www.planetbox.com/ My four-year-old has one for day care, and the teachers there LOVE it! I like that I only have ONE thing to wash, instead of 4 or 5 little containers with lids.

    It is pricey, but I figure I’m going to get many, many years out of this thing, so it was worth it. With my older kids we just used the regular insulated lunchboxes, and they had to be replaced about every 2 years because of either stink, mold, or wear and tear. I think the Planetbox will last a lifetime.

  2. Lori, that’s funny–I just ran across this website yesterday (after I’d written this). It seems like a great idea that it can be decorated with magnets. When I was a kid, I used to get a new lunch box every year or two because I wanted a new design.

    I wonder if it would fit in my daughter’s Crocodile Creek lunch box. The dimensions are the same: 10 x 7.5″.

  3. If I read the school schedule correctly, my about-to-be kindergartener gets only 20 minutes for lunch, and he’s unlikely to consume very much food in that time (he can take 45-60 minutes to finish his dinner some nights). I’ve got an insulated soft-sided lunch box we bought at a yard sale, a stainless steel Thermos food jar I bought to keep his pasta, quinoa, or beans-and-rice warm, and I figure I’ll add in a couple of apple slices in a resuable snack bag, plus his water bottle.

  4. My husband and I both use steel togo-ware lunch containers. The are fantastic for us, but the latching closures might be hard for a small child. The only criticisim I have is that they are very noisy, if the office is quiet I sometime feel like I’m banging on a drumset. And in my experience the company has great customer service.

  5. I really like Crocodile Creek in general, have loved our Kids Konserve containers and would love to try those Eco Lunchbox all steel ones. I posted some of our favorite waste-free lunch picks (all BPA-free, of course, many made by Etsy shops, and all used for over 6 months) here:
    http://www.eco-novice.com/2011/08/eco-novices-favorite-eco-friendly-lunch.html?utm_source=BP_recent

    I also find it hard to believe your daughter is entering K. Means I’ve been reading this blog for quite a while.

  6. We’ve been super happy with the snack and sandwich bags from http://simplypractical.etsy.com They’re easy to clean, which was my biggest worry: I simply wipe them out with a damp sponge or throw them in the wash. Super simple.

    The fabric choices are excellent and the quality is fantastic. Additionally, the materials are BPA and PVC free, and safe to use for food. I also love that they are made by a local mom in Portland, OR, and not a large company. I love supporting the little guys when I can!

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