August 6th, 2014

My Picks: Safe Lunch Boxes for Every Age

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Over the past few years I’ve been fighting hard to get toxic chemicals out of lunch boxes. Unfortunately there’s more work to do.

Lunch boxes and toxic chemicals don’t belong together. Seems like common sense, doesn’t it?

Yet a  study from the Center for Health, Environment & Justice found that all the children’s lunch boxes tested contained up to 30 times the amount of toxic chemicals (chemicals known as phthalates) deemed safe by the federal government.

Those toxic lunch boxes are releasing toxic dust into our children’s food and then the food is being eaten. Not OK.

Back- to- School With Safe Lunch Boxes

Thankfully not all lunch boxes are toxic. Here are a few safe lunch box choices for everyone in the family.

Some links below are affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may get a small commission if you make a purchase.

Pre-school and Elementary School

Beatrix New York Lunch Box

If you want to stick with a cute lunch box for a few more years then this is your bag! The lunch boxes are designed for ages 5 to 10 and are PVC, lead, phthalate & BPA free. Some of my favorite patterns are Alexander, Dolce & PannaJuju and Dieter Monkey.

Price: $25.00-$34.00

Kids Konserve Butterfly Go Wild Waste- Free Lunch Kit

I’ve been using the Kids Konserve Sweat-Free Ice Packs for many years and love it. This lunch kit from Kids Konserve has it all for the first day of school. Everything is BPA, Lead and Phthalate free.

Price: $36.00

Crocodile Creek Lunch Boxes

Crocodile Creek lunch boxes are child safe with lead-free linings and are PVC-free and phthalate-free. They come in a variety of designs including the the Pirate Lunchbox, Ballerina Vertical Lunchbox, and the Flower Garden Pocket Lunchbox.

Price: $19.00

Middle School, High School and Adult Lunch Boxes

PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag with Zip Closure

PackIt is a freezable lunch cooler designed to keep contents cooler, longer: up to 10 hours (depending on external temperatures). Made from food-safe, nontoxic poly canvas; PVC, BPA, phthalate, and lead free.

Price: $19.00

Laptop Lunches Bento-Ware Insulated Dual Compartment Bento Tote

I like the duel compartments in this lunch box. The bag doesn’t contain phthalates, BPA (bisphenol A), lead, or PVC.

Price: $23.00

For more safe back-to-school products take a look at my Non-toxic Preschool Backpack Guide and my list of Non-Toxic Backpacks for Elementary School Kids.

Do you have a favorite non-toxic lunch box?

photo credit: Randy Heinitz via photopin cc

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15 Responses to “My Picks: Safe Lunch Boxes for Every Age”

  1. Wow, did not know about the toxic chemicals in lunch boxes! That’s scary!
    Caroline Murphy recently posted..Easy Motion Sickness RemediesMy Profile

  2. I am in the process of the lunch bag hunt now! This was very helpful, thank you.

  3. I didn’t realize lunch boxes had toxins in them either.
    Mel {MamaBuzz} recently posted..Inspire Me Wednesday Creative, Food, and Travel Link Party {Issue 91} #InspireMeMy Profile

  4. Those are great lunch boxes. I didn’t realize there were so many unsafe ones.
    Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? recently posted..4 tips for staying sunburn-free without chemicalsMy Profile

  5. Thanks Krystyn. Yes, there are plenty of lunch boxes out there that are toxic.

  6. Thanks for stopping by Mel. Yes, there are plenty of unsafe lunch boxes out there. Better to be informed as the back-to-school chaos sets in!

  7. You’re so welcome Nicole. Would love to know which lunch box you pick.

  8. It is scary Caroline! Thankfully there are some great options out there.

  9. Never knew that there were toxic lunchboxes. One more thing to worry about.
    Drew Bennett recently posted..From Raccoons to Kevin Bacon – An Interview with James Gunn at the #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyEventMy Profile

  10. Thanks for this list Lori! I didn’t realize that there were toxic lunch boxes. We love the Crocodile Creek lunch boxes. In addition, we use yumboxes in them. Thanks again – will def be checking out the backpacks, too!

  11. I didn’t realize that soft-sided lunchboxes had toxins in them too! Gah.

  12. Had no idea various lunch boxes had so many toxins, great list.

  13. We love our Kids Konserve gear, but the lunch bag does shrink a little first few times you wash it. (Could be me; laundry’s not my strong suit. Nor housekeeping in general, lol!)
    Gina Badalaty recently posted..Back to School with All New School Lunch Ideas! #adMy Profile

  14. Thanks for the info Gina.

  15. […] you’re looking for a safe, non-toxic lunch box, HERE are a few of my […]

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I’m Lori Popkewitz Alper, a recovering attorney, mom of three and the Founder of Groovy Green Livin. I hope you'll join me as I continue on my journey to live a healthy life. Along the way I just might stop to make some noise about issues that affect the health and safety of our families. Come along with me as I fight for a safer world for all of us. Together we'll discover that simple, small changes in your life can lead to a non-toxic, healthier lifestyle and a greener planet.

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