5 Lunch Boxes with Snack and Lunch Ideas

Val Curtis


This post contains affiliate linksIt’s that time of year when we start to think about what we will be making our kids for lunch and whether we will be using brown paper bags, reusable bags, or lunch boxes.

Lunch boxes are our choice because:

1) My kids don’t end up with squished sandwiches and plums (so gross) and the cleaning is SO easy.

2) I find that when I use a bag, I tend to throw other bags inside which results in lots of waste and food choices that might not be as healthy.

3) Another perk with these designs is that I can incorporate bits of dinner from the night before which cuts down on food waste.

4) Everything is visible, accessible and becomes finger food. My kids love finger food.

5) They can easily pack their own lunches the night before! After dinner, the boxes come out and everyone packs their lunch.

While looking for options this year, I landed on these five lunch boxes:


Smart Planet EC-34 Large 3-Compartment Eco Silicone Collapsible Lunch Box

This very clever lunch box is made from BPA-free, food grade silicone and biodegradable Eco Plastic. It is made to hold anything from a sandwich to last night’s leftovers and even soup. Now it’s easy to “go green” by using this reusable waste-free lunch system. Simply compress it to 1/3 of the size so that it is easy to carry and store when you are done. As an added bonus, this set comes complete with its own innovative two-sided spork that snaps into the lid.

Cool Gear Ez-freeze® Collapsible Bento Box

Non-toxic gel filled freezer tray keeps food cold & fresh. Collapsible bowl compresses for easy storage. Multiple containers nest neatly into freezer tray. Lid has snap-tight tabs. Top shelf dishwasher safe. Container is microwave safe.


Bentology Lunch Box

Leakproof Translucent Midnight Bento Box with 5 Pear Containers – USA Made – Tired of squished sandwiches in disposable baggies, single-serve packages and bulky containers? Go bento. These bento lunch boxes are versatile, compact and easy to clean. Pack and stack them in the fridge the night before. Store neatly in the cupboard when not in use. Slot to the right of the box for your utensils. One Year Guarantee from Obentec from date of purchase. Dishwasher safe (All components, top rack only – no heat boosters) Microwave Safe (Containers, not lids) 3 water-tight, leak-proof containers 2 open containers for non-messy foods Food Safe: Contains NO lead, BPA (bisphenol A), phthalates or PVC.

Deco Stacking Lunch Box 

Our two layer lunchbox features a durable, food grade stainless steel interior. Two layer design allows you to separate your food. Arched handle provides convenient carrying and locks snap securely fasten both compartments together. The top tier’s vacuum seal prevents spills and keeps your food fresh. Holds 6 cups. Dishwasher and freezer safe.

ECOlunchbox Three-in-One Stainless Steel Food Container Set

Try stainless steel, the back-to-basics approach to lunch. You won’t consume harmful BPA, PVC, vinyl or lead, and the landfill won’t consume the average 4,000 pieces of waste from lunchtime alone. Safe for your family’s lunches and completely reusable, tried and true stainless steel wins again. Designed by a experienced lunch-packer and mother of two, you can be assured that ECOlunchbox will exceed your lunchtime needs. Rectangular 3-in-1 convenient nesting design prevents side dishes from mushing together, making any child or adult happy. Exceptionally Eco-friendly stainless steel lunchboxes, snack containers and more.

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5 Lunch Boxes that will change the way you pack lunch - using these boxes will help you pack healthier lunches for your kids with less waste

Val is the Editor-in-chief of BonBon Break. A former middle school science/math/tech teacher, she put her career on hold to be at home with her son and daughter on an island in the Pacific Northwest. When Val breaks away from her keyboard, she enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, camping, photography, tidepooling, sailing and potlucks. She gets a kick out of combing the web for recipes and making them gluten free so she can share meals with her husband, family and friends. She is a tech-gadget geek who is poked fun at, but it doesn’t bother her a bit. Combining her love of photography, tech and graphics to create new, fun content for BonBon Break quenches her “thirst” for integrated technology.