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More than twice a week we have to eat lunch after gymnastics and before my dds prekinder. I have been making our lunch on a regular plate and wrapping it and putting it in a cooler bag. I really wanted to get us all laptop lunch boxes since they would really come in handy for us. Next year dd will go to kinder and she will have gymnnastics practice right after, so they would be perfect for that as well. I just have a hard time swallowing the $20 a piece pricetag for the laptop lunch boxes. I wish there were a stainless steel version. I like the togo ware but i dont know how dd would keep that cool at school. Anyway i was at target and i found some plastic lunch containers that have dividers in them, on top they have a snap in utensil set. They are #1 plastics. I feel horrible since i never buy plastic stuff. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Should i take them back? Any better ideas? I like the divider idea alot. I'm I poisoning my children? I feel good about not wasting so much plastic, etc.. but then again i bought these containers. They were only $2.99.
 

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In an attempt to stop using so many disposable plastic baggies in dd's lunch I bought some plastic containers called Lock & Lock (they are #5) just to use for sandwiches and a smaller container to use for snacks. They were at Target also. This is what I read on thegreenguide.com<br><br>
"Safest Plastics for You and the Environment<br>
*Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) (#1) containers are recyclable and generally considered the safest single-use plastic-bottle choice. But they are best not reused because studies indicate that after repeated use, PET containers may leach DEHP, an endocrine-disrupting phthalate and probable human carcinogen.<br>
*High-density polyethylene (HDPE) (#2) is both durable and accepted by most curbside recycling programs. Alas, few reusable #2 containers are available.<br>
*Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) (#4), like its cousin HDPE, is a food-safe plastic, mostly used to make food wraps and plastic bags.<br>
*Polypropylene (PP) (#5), though less recyclable, has not been shown to leach any carcinogens or endocrine disruptors. Readily available in reusable containers."<br><br><br>
ETA: The Laptop Lunchbox is made of #5 polypropylene as well.
 

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Here's the thing... plastics are only wasteful IMO when they're being used once or a few times and then thrown away.<br><br>
As long as you plan to get a ton of use out of them, I don't see the big deal.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Here's the thing... plastics are only wasteful IMO when they're being used once or a few times and then thrown away.<br><br>
As long as you plan to get a ton of use out of them, I don't see the big deal.</div>
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I agree.<br><br>
I got containers to use for DH's sandwiches for work as well. Otherwise I was using two Ziploc baggies per DAY. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
I think as long as you get containers that use safe plastics (well, as safe as you can do!), then it's a good idea.
 

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Thanks mamas. I don't feel so bad now. I read that same info on green guide before i made my final decision. I do plan on using them a ton and at least i am saving alot of money. DD will get a real laptop lunch box for school, then we will have these 3 containers for snacks and park lunches. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I really try to be green, but sometimes the budget comes into play.
 
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