Green + Simple co-founder, Erica Watson, shares her favourite BPA-free and toxin-free lunchboxes for kids.
Whether your family is starting out on a zero-waste journey, you’re well on your way or you just want something that’ll ensure your trusty cheese sandwich doesn’t end up a mess by midday, a reliable lunch box is a must. While many are made with plastics containing toxins like BPA and Phthalates there’s plenty out there that are free from nasties and also good for the environment. Here are our pick of the best toxin-free, long-lasting lunch boxes.
VAYA LIFE TIFFYN
Inspired by the traditional Indian Tiffyn these lunch boxes are practically a fashion accessory. Engineered with temperature control and style in mind they have a sleek handle and cute prints. The kids option comes with two copper or polished stainless steel inner containers in a vacuum insulated case. Each layer also comes with a partition and a BPA free plastic lid.
Available at vayalife.com
These come in a range of sizes including two meal boxes which offer either lots of little compartments for those who like to pick, or three large compartments for hearty eaters. Made from stainless steel, PlanetBox are dishwasher safe and come with a three-year warranty. They’re no-frills and built to last.
Available at littleacornstomightyoaks.co.uk
A stainless-steel go-to for lunches and beyond. Made to last, these are the brainchild of Californian mum, who wanted a non-toxic durable lunchbox option for her family. These aren’t just for kids, they’re designed with everyone in mind. The bento style lunch box comes in a range of sizes and the snack and dip pots are great for variety. Customise them with your favourite coloured lid.
Available at eqoliving.com
YumBox ticks all the boxes for the busy family. They come in a range of bright colours, are easy to open for little fingers and have just the right amount of compartments including space for a sandwich plus three extra snacks. Although they’re plastic, they’re BPA and phthalates-free and very durable. As well as the Classic, they also come in mini and tapas sizes.
Available at littlegoatgruff.co.uk
PETIT COLLAGE, INSULATED LUNCH BOX
If you need to keep your meal cold – or at least contained – this insulated option is a great choice. Unlike many insulated carriers, it pairs a cotton canvas cover with a biodegradable laminate made from cane sugar. It also ticks all the non-toxic boxes being BPA, PVC, and Phthalate-free. Other bells and whistles include internal pockets and a clip off strap so you can grab and go. And did we mention they’re also ethically produced?
Available at asliceofgreen.co.uk
Looking for inspiration for what to put in your lunchbox? Nutrionist Zoe Dent shares her tips.
Find more zero waste swaps for families here and read our guide to eco-friendly nappies and wipes here.