Lose Weight by Packing Lunch in These BPA-Free Containers
If you're headed back to school or are using the start of Fall as a way to get back on the healthy train after a Summer of burgers and ice cream, you'll need a way to pack all those perfectly portioned lunches and snacks from home. If you're nervous about BPA, which has been linked to all sorts of health issues, you can feel good picking up these reusable BPA-free containers.
You don't have to worry about BPA with the completely stainless steel PlanetBox ($35-$56). These containers come in three different sizes that offer a variety of compartments to keep all your foods completely separated — even hummus or yogurt. You can order just the containers, or order sets that come with a carry bag ($12-$14) and smaller stainless steel containers ($5-$11) that fit inside the lunch box for dips and dressings. There's also a removable smaller glass container perfect for popping in the microwave. The PlanetBox is dishwasher-safe. They may seem pricey, but think of all the money you'll save by not eating out!
These simple LunchBots containers are made of 18/8 stainless steel, making them completely BPA-free. They're available in a range of sizes and designs and are dishwasher-safe but not leakproof or insulated. Priced between $18 and $37, these containers are built to last.
These lightweight containers are made without PVC, phthalates, BPA, or lead. Bento Boxes are dishwasher-safe and come in tons of bright colors. Choose either the Laptop Lunch Set ($20) or go for a kit that includes the carry case ($40). The lids seal completely, so go ahead and pack liquids like soup.
Lightweight and leakproof, the Yumbox ($28) allows you to pack yogurt, sliced strawberries, and salad without them getting all mixed up. There are five half-cup compartments with a smaller one for dips or a little treat. It's completely BPA-free, is dishwasher-safe, and can also be microwaved. Order one in green or pink.
The ECOlunchbox Three-in-One is 100-percent plastic-, waste-, lead-, BPA-, PVC-, and vinyl-free and costs $26. Since no plastic is used, these boxes aren't completely leakproof, so it's best to skip the juicy lunches and snacks. And for your snacking needs, go for these smaller ECOlunchpod containers ($8).
Not only are these Preserve containers BPA-free, but they're also made with 100-percent recycled plastic and are themselves 100-percent recyclable — an eco trifecta! There are bowls available with screw-on lids that seal completely, making them perfect for transporting liquids without leakage. These containers are dishwasher-safe and quite affordable: a set of four lunch containers costs $10.
These no-nonsense To-Go Ware containers are made of 100 percent stainless steel, making them BPA-free, lightweight, and easy to clean. Choose from a variety of styles and sizes; some sets even come with a bamboo utensil set. To-Go Ware containers range in price from $6 for the small tin to $25 for the large set.
If you don't want to order BPA-free containers online, you can pick some up at the grocery store. Check out these Rubbermaid LunchBlox containers. There's a Salad Kit ($11), a Sandwich Kit ($11), a kit for flat lunch boxes ($16), and one for tall lunch boxes ($11) — all include a reusable Blue Ice Pack.
Smart Planet Eco Silicone Collapsible Lunch Box
If you're short on space, this lunch container collapses ($12) to one-third of its expanded size. Made of BPA-free silicone, it's microwave- and dishwasher-safe, and the lid snaps to eliminate spillage. Order it in green, blue, orange, or pink.
Made by Thermos, these scientific-sounding vacuum-insulated food jars ($22) are made of unbreakable stainless steel. Even though the jars have double walls for insulation, they're lightweight and also free of BPA. These 10-ounce containers are perfect for keeping foods hot or cold.
Klean Kanteen Insulated
You'll need a beverage to go along with your lunch, and these Klean Kanteen Insulated bottles ($24-$30) are perfect. Not only are they BPA-free, but they'll also keep chilly beverages cold for 24 hours and steamy beverages hot for six. They come in three sizes and a range of colors.
Lifefactory Food Containers
If you're into Lifefactory's BPA-free glass bottles, you're going to flip for these tempered glass food storage containers ($15-$20). They offer three different sizes to suit your snack or lunchtime needs — one-cup, two-cup, or four-cup sizes — and feature their signature silicone sleeve for nonslip grip and protection. The silicone button tabs keep the lids secure, and these babies are dishwasher-, oven-, microwave-, and freezer-safe!
This BPA-free Goodbyn Bynto ($9) is not only affordable, the airtight lid keeps all three compartments completely separate and leakproof. There's a handy handle on top so you can carry it as is, or purchase an insulated lunch sleeve ($20) to keep the contents cold. It holds a total of just over four cups of food, so it's perfect for an adult-size lunch.