Lose Weight by Packing Lunch in These BPA-Free Containers
If you’re headed back to school or are using the start of Fall as a way to get back on the healthy train after a Summer of burgers and ice cream| you’ll need a way to pack all those perfectly portioned lunches and snacks from home. If you’re nervous about BPA| which has been linked to all sorts of health issues| you can feel good picking up these reusable BPA-free containers.
You don’t have to worry about BPA with the completely stainless steel PlanetBox ($35-$56). These containers come in three different sizes that offer a variety of compartments to keep all your foods completely separated u2014 even hummus or yogurt. You can order just the containers| or order sets that come with a carry bag ($12-$14) and smaller stainless steel containers ($5-$11) that fit inside the lunch box for dips and dressings. There’s also a removable smaller glass container perfect for popping in the microwave. The PlanetBox is dishwasher-safe. They may seem pricey| but think of all the money you’ll save by not eating out!
These simple LunchBots containers are made of 18/8 stainless steel| making them completely BPA-free. They’re available in a range of sizes and designs and are dishwasher-safe but not leakproof or insulated. Priced between $18 and $37| these containers are built to last.
| Bento Box
These lightweight containers are made without PVC| phthalates| BPA| or lead. Bento Boxes are dishwasher-safe and come in tons of bright colors. Choose either the Laptop Lunch Set ($20) or go for a kit that includes the carry case ($40). The lids seal completely| so go ahead and pack liquids like soup.
Lightweight and leakproof| the Yumbox ($28) allows you to pack yogurt| sliced strawberries| and salad without them getting all mixed up. There are five half-cup compartments with a smaller one for dips or a little treat. It’s completely BPA-free| is dishwasher-safe| and can also be microwaved. Order one in green or pink.
The ECOlunchbox Three-in-One is 100-percent plastic-| waste-| lead-| BPA-| PVC-| and vinyl-free and costs $26. Since no plastic is used| these boxes aren’t completely leakproof| so it’s best to skip the juicy lunches and snacks. And for your snacking needs| go for these smaller ECOlunchpod containers ($8).
| Preserve Products
Not only are these Preserve containers BPA-free| but they’re also made with 100-percent recycled plastic and are themselves 100-percent recyclable u2014 an eco trifecta! There are bowls available with screw-on lids that seal completely| making them perfect for transporting liquids without leakage. These containers are dishwasher-safe and quite affordable: a set of four lunch containers costs $10.
| To-Go Ware
These no-nonsense To-Go Ware containers are made of 100 percent stainless steel| making them BPA-free| lightweight| and easy to clean. Choose from a variety of styles and sizes; some sets even come with a bamboo utensil set. To-Go Ware containers range in price from $6 for the small tin to $25 for the large set.
| Kids Konserve
Kids Konserve makes tons of stainless steel lunch containers| ranging in size and price from $8 for singles to $33 for sets. And instead of wasting plastic baggies for snacks and sandwiches| they make reusable BPA-| lead-| and phthalate-free Food Kozy Wraps (two for $7).
| Rubbermaid LunchBlox
If you don’t want to order BPA-free containers online| you can pick some up at the grocery store. Check out these Rubbermaid LunchBlox containers. There’s a Salad Kit ($11)| a Sandwich Kit ($11)| a kit for flat lunch boxes ($16)| and one for tall lunch boxes ($11) u2014 all include a reusable Blue Ice Pack.
| Fresh Baby Divided Dish
Spill-proof and free of BPA| lead| melamine| and phthalates| this Fresh Baby Divided Dish ($8| originally $13) is perfect for packing snacks. It’s lightweight| has a locking lid| and is freezer- and dishwasher-safe.
| Smart Planet Eco Silicone Collapsible Lunch Box
If you’re short on space| this lunch container collapses ($12) to one-third of its expanded size. Made of BPA-free silicone| it’s microwave- and dishwasher-safe| and the lid snaps to eliminate spillage. Order it in green| blue| orange| or pink.
Made by Thermos| these scientific-sounding vacuum-insulated food jars ($22) are made of unbreakable stainless steel. Even though the jars have double walls for insulation| they’re lightweight and also free of BPA. These 10-ounce containers are perfect for keeping foods hot or cold.
| Klean Kanteen Insulated
You’ll need a beverage to go along with your lunch| and these Klean Kanteen Insulated bottles ($24-$30) are perfect. Not only are they BPA-free| but they’ll also keep chilly beverages cold for 24 hours and steamy beverages hot for six. They come in three sizes and a range of colors.
| Lifefactory Food Containers
If you’re into Lifefactory’s BPA-free glass bottles| you’re going to flip for these tempered glass food storage containers ($15-$20). They offer three different sizes to suit your snack or lunchtime needs u2014 one-cup| two-cup| or four-cup sizes u2014 and feature their signature silicone sleeve for nonslip grip and protection. The silicone button tabs keep the lids secure| and these babies are dishwasher-| oven-| microwave-| and freezer-safe!
| Goodbyn Bynto
This BPA-free Goodbyn Bynto ($9) is not only affordable| the airtight lid keeps all three compartments completely separate and leakproof. There’s a handy handle on top so you can carry it as is| or purchase an insulated lunch sleeve ($20) to keep the contents cold. It holds a total of just over four cups of food| so it’s perfect for an adult-size lunch.