How to Choose a Healthy Lunch Box
Make sure your child's lunch box protects your healthy lunch creations with toxic-free, durable waste-free packaging.
If you want to make sure that the healthy lunch that you pack for your child stays healthy and nutritious, you can avoid common contaminants and costly throw-aways by choosing the right lunch box solutions.
Metal or cloth is better than plastic
Many plastic lunch boxes are made of PVC (plastic #3), which can contain contaminants such as lead, or leach chemicals like phthalates. If plastic is your best option, look for lunch boxes that are phthalate and BPA-free.
Wrap without plastic wrap or plastic baggies
Some plastic wrap and baggies are made with toxic chemical phthalates. Re-useable containers are a better choice; or you can choose butcher paper or napkins to wrap a sandwich.
Pack it yourself
Packaging for greasy foods like microwave popcorn and french fries may be treated with PFCs, a non-stick coating linked to health disorders. Canned food and soda may also leach the chemical BPA. Choosing fresh or bulk food to package yourself is a healthier alternative.