Dylan started a new school yesterday. It is a Montessori school and he is there a couple times a week for half days and a few times a week for whole days. On the whole days he needs to bring his lunch with him. This is new to us – when he was at daycare lunch was provided to him.
A few weeks ago I began my search for the perfect containers and lunch bag for him. They had to be easy for him to manipulate and open and I wanted to avoid plastic where possible.
After quite a bit of research, I decided on buying LunchBots stainless steel containers for his food, and a Fluf organic cotton lunch bag. We already had a Kleen Kanteen sippy cup for his drink, which we use also.
I put a sandwich in the LunchBots Uno Stainless Steel container. So far I’ve made a sandwich on organic whole grain bread with hummus, cut up into quarters, and also another sandwich on the same bread with cream cheese. I then use the LunchBots Pico container for snacks. It has a handy divider in the middle – I put cut up fruit on one side and cut up veggies on the other. Dylan has enjoyed apples, plums, carrots, cucumbers and and celery. Nothing too exciting – but simple and healthy nonetheless!
I chose the LunchBot containers because they are easy to open and because they are stainless steel, rather than plastic. Both the container and the lid are made from 18/8 stainless steel. The top of the lid is powder coated with a non-VOC finish. It is certfied lead free and is dishwasher safe. It is best suited for solid food (like sandwiches or cut up fruit), not for liquids like soup or yogurt.
I liked the Fluf lunch bag because it is made from machine washable organic cotton. The bags have fun designs printed with water based inks and the handle is easy for Dylan to carry. It has a removable non-PVC EVA lining (free of toxins, BPA and phthalates) that can be rinsed out and handwashed. The lining holds the LunchBot containers perfectly in the middle and creates pockets around the outside. I put Dylan’s Kleen Kanteen in one pocket, a cloth napkin in another, a cloth placemat in yet another, and in the last pocket I put a small ice pack. While the bag is not techinically insulated, I find that his lunch remains cold for the entire day with the ice pack.
So far I am quite pleased with the products I have purchased! I am liking them so much that I am considering buying some for myself. Why should I be stuck using our old plastic Ziploc containers?
Note: These products were not provided to me free of charge. I paid in full for these items. I have no financial interest in them – I just find them to be useful!