With many schools adopting a ‘nude food’ policy, here are some ways you can pack healthy school lunch without using any single-use plastic, whether it be plastic cling wrap, zip-lock baggies, chip packets or yoghurt tubs.
A bento box style lunch box is an excellent way to pack a balanced meal with the right portions without any plastic wrap or plastic packets. Here are some great options:
LunchBots Stainless Steel Containers
LunchBots have so many options to choose from, and the containers work well for younger kids through to adults. The LunchBox bento stainless steel lunch box trio is one of our most popular, and will easily fit a sandwich or a wrap, plus two snacks on the side. As a nutritious snack idea, you might like to add some hummus in a leak proof stainless steel dipper and some vegetable sticks.
The LunchBots range includes bento boxes that will fit an entire meal, smaller lunch boxes, snack size boxes, dippers, insulated food containers, individual rounds, and insulated lunch bags.
The Planetbox is a smart stainless steel lunch box that guides you in packing a well-balanced, litterless lunch. Its bento style helps keep food separate, and while it isn’t leak proof, the Planetbox dippers (sold separately or come as part of the Planetbox complete kit) are, and are fantastic for yoghurt or wet foods. A Planetbox will last for many years to come, will help you replace single-use plastic and also save money by buying food in bulk.
The Planetbox comes in three sizes, with the rover (pictured) our most popular for pre-school aged children, all the way through to adults.
Yumbox Lunch Box
The Yumbox original (pictured) is another of the most popular lunch boxes with our customers. One of its best features is that each of the five compartments are labeled as per the five food groups and accommodate half cup servings each. This is great for assisting parents in preparing a healthy, balanced lunch with a variety of foods.
The Yumbox also eliminates the need for zip-lock baggies, multiple lids, plastic wrap and single-use disposable containers like individual tubs of yoghurt. It is even leak proof, and while it isn’t designed for very wet food, foods with the consistency of ranch dressing, tomato sauce, chunky salsas, hummus, yoghurt, and veggie dips are all suitable options.
Goodbyn Hero Lunch Box
The Goodbyn hero lunch box is fits a fantastic amount of food. It features a large compartment, two smaller compartments, plus two leak proof dippers that fit inside the lunch box or can sit separately. If you find the large compartment is too large to hold a sandwich without it coming undone, you might like to wrap the sandwich in reusable beeswax food wraps or slip it inside a reusable sandwich pouch. The smaller compartments are great for fruit pieces, veggie sticks, nuts (if your school allows nuts), bliss balls, cheese and crackers, or a treat, while the dippers are ideal for natural yoghurt, hummus or a dip for veggies.
Goodbyn lunch boxes are made from BPA free, PVC free and lead free, sturdy plastic that is very durable.
Go Green Lunch Box Set
The Go Green lunch box set is perfect for a nude school policy and to help reduce plastic waste. Each Go Green school lunch box comes with an insulated fabric carrier, a five compartment bento style food container, a stainless steel drink bottle and a reusable gel freezer pack, all of which are BPA, PVC and lead free. The insulated carry bag is made from PEVA and polyester and features a bright pattern on the outside, and a pocket to hold reusable napkins and cutlery on the inside.
Stackable Lunch Boxes & Individual Containers
If you prefer individual containers to keep your lunch separated, these stackable lunch boxes are toxin free and a great size.
The stackable lunch box by Fit & Fresh (pictured), helps save lots of packaging waste ending up in landfill. It even includes a non-toxic ice pack. You could use this Fit & Fresh container for one large meal, or use half the container for a sandwich, wrap or left overs, with the ice pack and two snack containers stacked on top for an all-in-one lunch box.
Another option is the stainless steel Sustain-a-Stacker, which is made from 202 food grade stainless steel and features two layers and a small container. At the bottom you will fit a sandwich or a salad easily, without the need for plastic wrap, with snacks on top.
Individual leak proof containers of various sizes, such as the Kids Konserve nesting trio, are great for keeping on hand for dressing, salad, pieces of fruit, yoghurt, nuts and other snacks.
Reusable Sandwich Pouches
A sandwich pouch, such as this one by Keep Leaf (pictuted), is the perfect alternative to plastic cling wrap to keep sandwiches together. They are reusable, safe, easy to clean and will save so much rubbish ending up in landfill each year.
Reusable beeswax wrap
Beeswax covered cotton or hemp food wraps are reusable and so versatile, and will help you eliminate plastic cling wrap from the school lunch box for good. They are great for sandwiches, wrapping fruit loaf, pieces of fruit, or wraps.