If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that any kind of plastic that comes into contact with food or drink is no good. When it comes down to it, plastic is made from harmful chemicals that have been linked to cancers and hormone disruption. Just because a plastic is BPA free doesn’t mean it’s safe. It just means that the BPA was replaced with another chemical, such as EA, which is still toxic. These toxins leach most in warm and moist environments, like in dishwashers, in the dish basin, or when it’s holding something moist and warm, like certain food or beverage (such as warmed milk in a bottle). For more on this, see these links: The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics and Is BPA-Free Plastic Safe? (Fox News)
Because I do not want my children to be part of a science experiment, I chose to pack my kids’ lunches in stainless steel instead of plastic, as it’s the safest in regards to not leaching and not being able to break like glass does.
Here are some stainless steel lunch box options at different price ranges.
PlanetBox: Price Range – $50-60
I know that one look at the price and some of you are saying no thanks. However, please think twice about this. For one, stainless steel is going to be more expensive than plastic. It’s a long term investment that you are making in your child’s health. In addition, this stainless steel box will last until your child has long graduated from high school. I cannot say that the bag it comes it will last as long, but this can be replaced at some point down the line. My son used it for his first year in kindergarten and will be using it again, in like-new shape for first grade in the fall.
LunchBots: Price Range – $20-30
A lot more reasonable in price, BUT that price does not include an insulated lunch bag, which run about $21.00 itself. The good news is that unlike the PlanetBox container, LunchBots will fit into many standard lunch bags.
D’ECO: Price Range – $11.99
The cheapest of the lot, it has some good reviews and a nice design. It does not come with any type of lunch bag, nor does one seem to be offered separately.
I did find other options as well. I like the idea behind ECO Lunchboxes, but I don’t love the shape of the main box and I don’t find the carry bags to be well designed, especially not for a young child.
The key is to find something to fit your needs in both size and budget, while knowing that you are investing in health and in the environment by not packing lunch in plastic.
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