The greenest lunch boxes are made of safe, durable materials that do not expose the user to toxic chemicals and eliminate waste. That also goes for the food packaging, beverage containers, utensils and napkins inside. It has been estimated that a schoolchild who uses such a lunch box will save 67 pounds of trash on average a year.
Green lunch packing options include:
- Coated cotton sandwich bags and wraps that are easy to wipe or wash clean
- Stainless steel bento boxes, tiffin carriers and insulated jars
- Stainless steel and/or glass bottles
- Stainless steel utensils
- Bamboo sporks
- Cotton or hemp napkins
- A stainless steel box or cotton or hemp bag or sack for the lunch box itself
If you decide to get plastic components, choose the safer plastics—#1, #2, #4 and #5—to avoid BPA, phthalates and lead.