Meal-prepping your lunches for the week ahead is a smart way to save money and keep yourself from eating pizza or Chinese takeout every day at work. The only potential downside to the cheap, nutritious meals you’re packing for yourself? Plastic.
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Not only do those disposable plastic baggies we’ve all become so addicted to take a decade or two to break down in a landfill, but they also contain BPA and other unsavory toxins. Hard plastic Tupperware lunch boxes may seem like a better reusable alternative, but you’ve still got BPA, phthalates, and other chemicals leaching into your food. Plus, they’ll begin to deteriorate after a few months’ worth of trips through the dishwasher and aren’t safe to use in the office microwave.
So what’s a proactive meal-prepper to do? We’ve got you covered! Here are seven good-for-you, sustainable, and sturdy lunch containers that will last for years to come.