Thinking Inside the Box

Innovative Lunch Box Options Have Arrived
If you or your kid is one of the millions toting a traditional lunch box back and forth to work or school every day, maybe it’s time to think about upgrading to a greener version which will help you cut down on waste and encourage you to pack healthier foods.

London-based Black+Blum markets its machine-washable, BPA-free polypropylene and copolyester Box Appétit lunch box ($22) as “more like a ceramic bowl than your standard food container and with better functionality.” The box’s see-through lid locks to the body for a water-tight seal and has an ingenious sauce dipping area—good for ranch dressing, ketchup, soy sauce or anything else to liven up lunch. A divided inner dish can go in the microwave to heat up certain foods and not others, and the box appétit also includes a fork/knife for easy one-handed eating.

Another innovator in the field is Good Sense Design, which makes three different sizes of its Lunchsense line of toxin-free, machine washable lunch box sets ($37.99-$47.99). Each set contains interior “Lock&Lock” containers that keep food fresh and prevent liquids from leaking into the outer box, and are machine washable.

Meanwhile. Kids Konserve sells reusable, waste-free lunch kits ($35); each one includes a recycled cotton sack, a cloth napkin, food-grade stainless steel food and beverage containers and a washable food kozy (to replace plastic bags). The ice gel pack inside the recycled plastic no-sweat ice pack cover—an optional accessory item—is also completely biodegradable and can be planted in the garden when it has run its course in your lunch box.

And thanks to the green awakening going on throughout our society, there are many other green lunch box options now available. Goodbyn, PlanetBox, LunchBots, and the Go Green Lunch Box are some other forward-thinking lunch box options for socially-conscious kids and adults alike. Check them out online to find out which one suits you!