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Need rec's on non-plastic lunch box storage

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
We're trying to get away from plastic storage containers but we're running into a slight issue. Lunch boxes.

What do you guys do? What do you recommend? I don't think the kids are allowed to have glass containers at school. Are lunch boxes the one place that you all go ahead and use plastic for?

Typically my kids eat a sandwich, some chips or a sweet treat, and a veggie or fruit either cut up or sauce (like applesauce).
post #2 of 9
My older son uses a metal lunchbox. We use paper bags inside and/or those reusable zippered cloth sandwich bags. We send any condiments in a glass baby food jar and he also has a metal thermos for anything like soup.
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Glass baby food jars are smart.

What are these cloth zippered bags??
post #4 of 9
I just ordered some stainless steel containers from www.pearlriver.com I will try to remember to come and post after I get them.

We also have a plastic laptop lunch box for DS. I'm okay with it since we don't cook in it and it's very convenient. And we have some of the wrap n mats too.
post #5 of 9
I brought lunch to school for years in a brown paper bag.
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by Justthatgirl View Post
Glass baby food jars are smart.

What are these cloth zippered bags??
I've gotten then from my local food co-op. There are also velcro ones, like these:
http://www.bellebottoms.com/reusable_bags.html

And these that fold out into a little placemat:
http://www.slashfood.com/2008/03/12/...your-sandwich/

I'll try to find one to post that's like the ones I got from my co-op. They're really pretty nifty.
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post #8 of 9
I couldn't be happier with our laptop lunch boxes. Yes they are plastic but i can't find a good alternative that fits our life. I like that my dd can open the box and everything is ready to eat for her. It saves alot of time and its not a one use baggie. My dds would be losing those reusable bags. There is a mr. bento box but i dont know how to keep those cool.
post #9 of 9
I bought a handy bag for my son at resuseablebags.com. I also found a handy item called a "wrap-it-mat". It perfectly fits a sandwich and unfolds to make a little placemat. It holds veggies, fruit, etc very well too. No need for plastic baggies! :
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