Safer Lunch Gear Cheat Sheet

Last updated on August 1st, 2022 at 02:11 pm

Welcome to the Safe Lunch Gear Cheat Sheet!  Choosing a lunch system for your kids isn’t always easy.  But I’ve hopefully taken some of the legwork out for you.

There are many safer alternatives to lunch boxes, bags, and food storage. Lunchboxes are perfect for little and big kids and help reduce waste clogging up our environment. Whether stainless steel, canvas, or recyclable plastic is your thing – there is a lunch system for you.  No matter what age.

All lunch gear listed below is free of:

All of our picks are also free of Microban.

Safe School Lunch Boxes, Bags, and Systems

  1. Fluf Zipper Lunch Bag | Organic Cotton Lunch Tote Fox
  2. Fluf Zipper Lunch Bag | Organic Cotton Lunch Tote Fox

    Fluff products are independently tested to be free of

    • BPA, PVC, all PFAS chemicals, PFCs, phthalates, heavy metals, AZO, fire retardants, formaldehyde, and more.

    My daughter and I both are still using our Fluff organic lunch bags from 10 years ago! They are easy to wash, fun and extremely well made.

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  3. Dabbawalla Bags Kids and Adult Modern Lunch Bags
  4. Dabbawalla Bags Kids and Adult Modern Lunch Bags

    All Dabbawallas have been rigorously tested for over 200 potentially harmful chemicals and are certified free of

    • lead
    • phthalates
    • PVC

    Personalize available, I would advise ordering well in advance.

    To Clean: Front loader machine washable or hand wash and air dry.


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  5. PackIt Freezable Classic Lunch Box, Spaceman
  6. PackIt Freezable Classic Lunch Box, Spaceman

    PackIt Lunch Box is old school style zipper lunch box is free of:

    • PVC
    • BPA
    • phthalate
    • lead-free

    To clean interior wipes clean and exterior spot clean.

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  7. SoYoung Lunch Bag - Raw Linen, Eco-Friendly, Easy to Clean
  8. SoYoung Lunch Bag - Raw Linen, Eco-Friendly, Easy to Clean

    SoYoung Lunch Bags are free of:

    • PVC
    • Phthalates
    • Lead
    • BPA Free

    They are very easy to clean and feature a removable liner.

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  9. PlanetBox: Stainless Steel Lunch Boxes with Decorative Magnets
  10. PlanetBox: Stainless Steel Lunch Boxes with Decorative Magnets

    Stainless Steel Design. Food does not touch any plastic.

    Independently tested by certified laboratories to be safe from lead, phthalates, PVC, BPA and other toxic chemicals

    • Lead-Free
    • It comes with cute decorative magnets
    • Built to Last
    • Food grade silicone tops for the bowl and dipper
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  11. Ecolunchbox Organic Cotton Reusable Lunch Bag (Starfish)
  12. Ecolunchbox Organic Cotton Reusable Lunch Bag (Starfish)
    • Made in India from organic GOTS-certified cotton.
    • Screen printed in the USA.
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  13. U-Konserve Divided Rectangle Stainless Steel Bento Box Lunch Food Storage
  14. U-Konserve Divided Rectangle Stainless Steel Bento Box Lunch Food Storage

    U-Konserve offers plastic-free lunch gear solutions. The lids are made of silicone, and the container is stainless steel.

    Free of

    • BPA
    • BPS
    • phthalates
    • lead
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  15. Bentology Lunch Box for Kids Insulated, Durable Lunchbox Tote Bag
  16. Bentology Lunch Box for Kids Insulated, Durable Lunchbox Tote Bag

    Bentology Lunch boxes are free of:

    • lead
    • BPA (bisphenol A)
    • phthalates

    To Clean just wipe it down or hand wash and air dry.

    Here is a link to the boy themed lunch boxes

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Non-Toxic Lunch Food Storage Containers

  1. Ecolunchbox Stainless Steel 2-Piece Bento Box
  2. Ecolunchbox Stainless Steel 2-Piece Bento Box

    Ecolunchbox stainless steel containers are third-party independently tested and are free of estrogen-mimicking toxins commonly found in plastic, such as

    • BPA (bisphenol-A)
    • BPS (bisphenol-S)
    • phthalates.

    To Clean: Dishwasher safe

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  3. U-Konserve Divided Rectangle Stainless Steel Bento Box Lunch Food Storage
  4. U-Konserve Divided Rectangle Stainless Steel Bento Box Lunch Food Storage

    U-Konserve offers plastic-free lunch gear solutions. The lids are made of silicone, and the container is stainless steel.

    Free of

    • BPA
    • BPS
    • phthalates
    • lead
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  5. Thinksport GO2 Container
  6. Thinksport GO2 Container
    $34.00

    Thinksport GO2 lunch container is free of:

    • Free of BPA
    • lead
    • PVC
    • nitrosamines
    • phthalates
    • melamine and biologically harmful chemicals


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    10/03/2022 08:52 am GMT
  7. LunchBots Medium Trio II Snack Container Stainless Steel
  8. LunchBots Medium Trio II Snack Container Stainless Steel
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  9. Thermos Foogo Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel 10-Ounce Food Jar
  10. Thermos Foogo Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel 10-Ounce Food Jar
    • Dishwasher safe
    • Built to last
    • We have have two of these now for over 10 years.
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Alternative Snack & Sandwich Bags For Lunch

  1. Bee's Wrap - Lunch Pack - Certified Organic Cotton
  2. Bee's Wrap - Lunch Pack -  Certified Organic Cotton

    Bee's Wrap is the perfect alternative to plastic sandwich bags. Here are the reasons we love Bee's Wrap products:

    • Made in the USA
    • Plastic and Silicone free
    • Certified Organic
    • Re-usable

    To Clean: Just wash and rinse with warm soapy water.

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  3. Lunchskins Reusable Snack Food Bags
  4. Lunchskins Reusable Snack Food Bags

    Lunchskins is a SafeMama favorite. They have been at the forefront of offering alternatives to plastics for snacks and lunches. These are the reusable bags; they now have a line of paper sandwich bags.

    • BPA-Free, PVC-free & Phthalate-free
    • re-usualbe
    • dishwasher safe
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  5. Lunchskins Recyclable + Sealable Paper Sandwich Bags
  6. Lunchskins Recyclable + Sealable Paper Sandwich Bags

    Finally, a paper sandwich bag that works! Thank you LunchSkins.

    • BPA-Free, Phthalate-Free and Lead-Free
    • Made from all-natural glassine; pure wood pulp
    • Sealable
    • Wax free
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  7. Bumkins Sandwich and Snack Bag
  8. Bumkins Sandwich and Snack Bag

    The Bumkins sandwich and snack bags have an easy-to-open zipper. They come in many different patterns, from plain to superhero and princess.

    • easy to open
    • Food safe, BPA-free, PVC-free, vinyl-free, phthalate-free and lead-free

    To Clean: Can be tossed in the dishwasher or the washing machine.

    Additional Patterns and designs are available HERE

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  9. Stasher Silicone Sandwich and Snack Bags
  10. Stasher Silicone Sandwich and Snack Bags

    I love these silicone lunch bags. They come in multiple sizes and are perfect for sandwiches or snacks. Stasher also sells silicone bowl-style bags that stand upright in the fridge. Perfect for leftovers.

    • Free from BPA, BPS, lead, latex, or phthalates
    • Can be labeled with a dry erase marker
    • Leak Proof
    • Oven and microwave safe up to 425 degrees

    To Clean: Simple toss in the dishwasher or handwash

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  11. Fluf Reusable Snack & Sandwich Bag
  12. Fluf Reusable Snack & Sandwich Bag

    We love Fluf. Their products are built to last. My daughter and I are still using are Fluff lunch bags that we bought 10 years ago! How cool is that!

    • free of BPA, PVC, all PFAS chemicals, PFCs, phthalates, heavy metals, AZO, fire retardants, formaldehyde and more.

    To Clean: Machine wash, or spot wash as needed.

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Further Resources and Reading:

SafeMama’s Safer Backpacks Cheat Sheet

Pre-School Snacks, How to Handle Unhealthy Snacks At School

Healthy After School Snacks

 

Note: This is not a comprehensive list – if you think a brand should be on here, please let us know and we’ll verify it!

*CPSIA put a limit on lead in children’s products and as of August 14, 2009, products designed or intended primarily for children 12 and younger cannot contain more than 300 ppm of lead. So on each product I noted whether the company says their product is lead FREE or lead SAFE. Usually, lead SAFE means it tests below the legal limit for lead. The limit went down to 100 ppm after August 14, 2011.