5 Best Non-Toxic Lunch Boxes For Kids

Handy lunch boxes and bags so convenient, you'll want one for yourself.

August 11, 2017
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Making sure your kid has a healthy school lunch isn’t the only good-for-her hurdle to get over (for inspiration, check out these healthy school lunches that chefs make for their own kids); it’s also important to ensure what she’s toting her food around in isn’t made of plastic or other non-eco materials.

First off, plastic is terrible for the planet. The material is made from nonrenewable materials and is very slow to degrade, so it clogs landfills and leaches chemicals into soil. And it’s not just the health of the planet that’s a concern—plastic may not be the healthiest option for your child. Some plastics contain harmful chemicals like BPA, a hormone disruptor linked to cancer, heart disease, brain and nervous system abnormalities, diabetes, and more.

When it comes to sturdy, easy-to-use, planet-friendly lunch boxes, we found these picks to be worthy of a gold—or in this case, green—star.

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PlanetBox Rover

If your child likes to nibble on a little bit of this and a little bit of that, this bento-box style container comes with a variety of compartments to stash everything from a handful of nuts to a full sandwich. We can’t promise your kid will finish his lunch, but we can guarantee he’ll love the included draw-it-yourself magnets to jazz up the outside of the stainless steel carrier. This set also comes with a BPA-free soft carry bag and two round, lidded containers.

Buy now: $80, amazon.com

Related: Spoiler Alert: Your Kid's Lunch Probably Isn't Cold Enough

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LunchBots Trio Stainless Steel Food Container

The perfect size to easily slip into a backpack (here are our picks for this year's best back-to-school backpacks) , yet enough room to fit a tasty lunch. The dividers keep food from touching, because carrot sticks touching apple slices? Ewww (at least that’s what your kid would say)!

Buy now: $27, amazon.com

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Fluf Organic Cotton Lunch Bag

When it comes to cleaning up spills and leftover food, you can easily wipe down the tote’s food-safe liner, or toss the entire thing in the wash! (You can, of course, avoid the spills in the first place by packing up lunch in one of our favorite lunch-friendly glass food storage containers.)

Buy now: $21, amazon.com

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Beatrix Lunch Box

This nylon-made carrier has a zipped pocket for tucking little notes. And the food-safe liner is not only BPA-, lead-, phthalate- and PVC-free, but it can handle being stuffed into the dishwasher when you don’t have time to scrub away odd odors.

Buy now: $34, amazon.com

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Dabbawalla Bags Lunch Bag

An insulated interior helps keep food at a safe temperature, and a smart design prevents the non-toxic carrier from toppling over. Good luck choosing between all of the adorable designs (that Miss Kitty, though!).

Buy now: $28, amazon.com

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