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Back to school is here, mamas, and you know what that means…nine straight months of packing lunches! With four kids in my house, I can attest that nothing about the school year stresses me out more than lunch.
I have to constantly come up with healthy meals that my kids will actually eat and I never have the right lunch containers. Believe me, I've attempted to have the right gear—like that time I bought four bento boxes and after one cycle in the dishwasher, none of them would close. Or that time I bought four sets of lunch boxes at the grocery store and all the lids had cracked after a few uses.
Plus the waste plagues me. My family's landfill contribution annually is something I'm actively trying to chip away at, which is why investing in waste-free mealtime solutions is a priority.
So, say it with me, mamas: New school year, new lunch situation! I set out to find the safest, most durable reusable food containers that will satisfy all the demands of even your pickiest eater. Got a kid that prefers fresh veggies? PlanetBox's stainless bento boxes are the way to go. Your kid demands a hot, homemade lunch daily? Hydro Flask's food flasks are your solution. Can't stand the idea of sending one more snack to school in a plastic bag? Well, Stasher's reusable silicone bags about to blow your mind. (And if you're looking for more ideas check out our round-ups of bento boxes and lunch boxes!)
Comprised of stainless steel, silicone and in some cases BPA-free plastic, these lunch containers are all non-toxic and they're going to set you on the path to healthy school lunches all year long.
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A version of this story was published October 22, 2021. It has been updated.