Category: Lunchboxes

For the kid who eats like a bird

I realize that school is now in full swing, but if you have yet to find the perfect lunch box, or if your house is the mysterious Bermuda Triangle of lunch bags like mine, you can’t have too many reusable lunch bags. Particularly if they’re like these super cute canvas lunch bags from Romp. The bright, adorable designs on the canvas lunch bags for kids, like the birds (pictured), take me back to the days of the good old brown paper bag. Except with canvas and not paper. And they’re not brown. And you don’t have to scribble your kid’s name on it...

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Because no one ever compliments you on that cute Ziploc.

My job as a parent has always been playing defense, which is why I’m the one who slathers the family in SPF 50, sorts the recycling, and saves fifty cents on black beans with a coupon. My favorite strategy these days is reusing bags, and my favorite reusable bags as of now are these EcoStuffers from Sedilu Green on Etsy. The reusable snack bags are made with one layer of adorable 100% cotton and an inside layer of antimicrobial, waterproof, phthlate-free and BPA-free FDA food-safe nylon. They close securely with Velcro and are super easy to clean — you...

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These will make your lunch

Packing kid lunches is one of my least favorite things; rummaging for useable plastic food containers and matching them to lids that have migrated between several shelves (yes, plural. In my house, it’s an Issue) is a misery. And I’m about to start rinsing out baggies and taping closed scraps of wax paper. And hating it. That’s why I am completely tickled to have my hot little mitts on the latest in laptop lunch kits from Obentec. The new kits have a few changes: the insulated carrying case is smaller and does not include a bottle, but the zippy, foldable pocket is designed to...

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Some like it hot, some like it cold

We’re lunch packers around my house, but when there’s no microwave to heat up anything, it makes it challenging to pack the hot lunch my daughter would beg for. Too bad we didn’t have new Crocodile Creek insulated food jars, now at mom-run boutique Cattiwampus. Known for their friendly graphics and thoughtful designs on things like lunchboxes and placemats (you have seen them everywhere, trust me), Crocodile Creek now brings their expertise into BPA-free, phthalate-free stainless steel insulated jars meant to keep food cold for up to 4 hours and warm for up to 5 hours. It’s not exactly...

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Random acts of stainless steel bottle beauty from Earthlust

Sure, my husband is happy with his solid blue, no-name water bottle. But he also eats the exact same ham sandwich every day and owns an endless army of white socks. Me, I want my environmentally conscious, BPA-free water bottle to be as colorful and artistic as the rest of my life. Bonus points if it matches my argyle sock collection. Cool Mom Picks mentioned Earthlust back when BPA first became a more widely recognized no-no, and even then their artwork stood out from the safe water bottle pack. The latest collection of limited edition stainless steel water bottles...

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The British lunch bag invasion

I can’t believe I’m already looking at back to school items for my kids, but that I am. So I checked in to see if last year’s CMP find, Dabbawalla Bags, was doing anything new for 2010. And that they are. Good stuff too! I adore this Union Jack lunch bag made of a soft, sturdy neoprene that keeps those juice boxes cold or Thermoses of soup, warm. The design is a cool addition for kids that might be too old for the puppies and ladybugs. And the lightweight construction is great for younger kids. It’s also nice to...

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Yubo – The BPA free lunchbox that practically packs itself

Now’s the time in the school year that moms are figuring out whether that cool lunchbox you bought for your kid actually does the trick, or whether it was more cute than functional. Luckily, I fared pretty well (thanks Cool Mom Picks – heh), but if you didn’t, then don’t suffer for the rest of the year — snatch up a Yubo and thank us later. This super smart lunchbox, created by two parents with the help of the design team behind the Adiri Nurser, practically packs the lunch for you. The Yubo comes with three mix and match...

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Lunch totes so cool you’ll keep them for your very own

There are all sorts of good reasons to pack a lunch instead of grabbing one on the go. The downside, of course, is the packaging; paper bags are wasteful but most reusable lunch bags are, well, ugly. Or designed for third graders. Or both. Spring Los Angeles has the solution: their chic cotton canvas lunch totes are perfect for moms and kids. Each tote has inner pockets for organization, is fully insulated and the lining wipes clean easily. The wide, square bottom will accommodate a sturdy plastic container — so you can have more than just a sandwich for...

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Shinzi Katoh bento boxes get me more excited to pack my kids’ lunches. And that’s saying something.

I know every week lately, one of us shows up here saying OMG I found the cutest lunchbox EVER, but I think I may have just topped them all with the Shinzi Katoh Japanese bento boxes for kids. Spotted at the adorable e-boutique My Sweet Muffin, each bento box features absolutely charming designs from the popular Japanese artist, featuring birds, bunnies, or his interpretation of characters like Pinnochio or “Princess Mermaid.” Guaranteed, they will make you happy. The small, snack-size single box with two small compartments side by side is a snap for even my preschooler to open and...

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Packing school lunches gets more fun. And more eco-friendly.

I pack school lunches for my kids every day. I don’t mind actually making the lunches; it’s the packaging that gets me, all those little plastic bags bound for the trash, stored in a garish character tie-in lunchbox. That part is depressing. CMP has brought you plenty of alternatives lately and now here’s one more: Citizenpip’s Soup to Nuts Kit brings cool design and eco-friendly storage together — for lunch. Each stylish, insulated lunch box holds a thermos, water bottle, four airtight reusable food containers that can be opened by little hands, a fork and spoon, and five washable,...

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Eco-friendly lunches are in the bag

I don’t even want to think about how many plastic sandwich bags I go through a month. Every day my son takes at least two or three in his lunch bag, and I’ve felt it’s either use a disposable sandwich bag or buy the much more expensive pre-packaged bags of snacks. But Graze 100% organic cotton reusable sandwich and snack bags seem to be a pretty cool alternative. Heather Jacobs and Leslie Sarracino are the brilliant moms behind these eco-friendly reusable, resealable cloth sacks. Each certified organic reusable bag features a charming silk-screened print (all water-based inks) of a...

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The reinvention of the lunchbox

Who knew, back when we were kids that there would be a lunchbox alternative besides those little metal numbers with the latch, the wobbly handle, and, if you were me, an illustration of the Partridge Family on the front. The contemporary new Oots Lunchbox is a really interesting take on the old sandwich carriers of yore – basically it’s a BPA/Phthalate-free plastic box with a contrasting colored top, held together by a wide swath of elastic over the top, plus a fabric carrying handle. You can pretty much stuff it to the gills with five enclosed plastic storage containers...

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The original eco friendly lunch box gets an update with Laptop Lunches 2.0

Can I mention that I’m sort of freaking out about this whole packing a lunch in an actual lunch box thing, which is completely silly because it’s just a lunch for goodness sake. So, I’m relying on my daughter’s new Laptop Lunch box and bag to get me through this mini-crisis. It might sound crazy, but if you haven’t seen the Laptop Lunch bento box systems over the past couple of years, then you’re in for a real treat. They’ve upgraded their earlier version to feature three BPA-free, watertight containers with lids, a deeper bag, and completely metal silverware....

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The waste-free lunch kit with something for everyone

The day I realized how many plastic baggies I was using in my kids’ lunches each week was the day I began trying every sort of reusable container and wrap out there. Nowadays the kids take a cobbled-together assortment of reusables in their lunch bags, but the Kids Konserve kit appeals to me for three reasons. First, it’s everything you could possibly need for a single gone-green lunch, with a combination of reusable lunch sack, reusable sandwich bag, stainless steel bottle, cloth napkin, and safe food storage, all perfectly coordinated. There’s “fun” butterfly and caterpillar designs for the little...

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Mama, I need a Dabbawalla

With summer vacation less than a month away (seriously, it is!), my daughter is begging me to send her to camp, which just so happens to be a full day and requires some semblance of lunch packing on my part. I suppose it’s good preparation for when she starts kindergarten in the Fall. Hold me. But that also means she needs a lunch bag, lunch box, or whatever they’re carrying these days, and at the top of my list is new find Dabbawalla Lunch Bags. These bright, adorable soft lunch bags that look like watermelons or penguins or stop...

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LunchBots – Eco friendly food storage with a heart of steel

As my daughter’s preschool starts preparing us for next year’s (eep!) full day schedule, I’m suddenly faced with the reality that we’re going to have to send her to school with lunch. Every day. I haven’t yet figured out how I’m going to get her to expand her palate beyond peanut butter sandwiches, but I do know what it will be served in — new LunchBots. These natural stainless steel food storage containers really are a terrific product. LunchBots are reusable, making them eco-friendly, and they offer up a smart alternative for moms freaked out by plastic these days....

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The sack lunch, updated

Insulated lunch totes are bulky (and often of dubious origin; some vinyl ones contain lead). Paper lunch bags often rip (and aren’t all that eco-friendly). What’s a gotta-be-cool tween to do? Reach for 3 R’s lunch sac perhaps? Made of washable fair-trade cotton, with your choice of hip appliqued design, these reusable bags won’t prompt a “Lame, mom.” My own tween informs me that they pass muster. Which can only mean that I now need to pretend I don’t like them at all, lest she change her mind. -Mir Find these reusable lunch bags  over at...

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Make lunch unforgettable

Yeah, I love fancy lunchboxes, too, but my daughter’s getting to that age where she’s leaving splashy behind for a more subtle sense of style. She’s also leaving behind her homework, her jacket, and occasionally her lunch, depending on the day. Would it be mean to get her MissNatalie’s Don’t Forget Me Lunch Bag? C’mon, it’s adorable with that nice little subliminal message, there, in the red bow around the finger. Plus the canvas is machine washable. Besides, I couldn’t find a lunchbox that says “I know it’s incredibly difficult to remember your lunch when it has been set...

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The Alterna-pack

With my daughter starting school for the first time this month (we do things early in the south), she’s super excited about every little thing — plain old #2 pencils, generic brand crayons, and her regular backpack. I can only imagine what’s to come in a few years when she decides that all the run of the mill supplies are completely uncool. If you’ve already got one of those mold-breakers, I’m betting he’ll love the Allerhand Mini Ergo Backpack that we found at Oompa Toys. It includes a fancy cellphone case, drawstring art sack, and thermal pockets to keep...

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Picnic Week: Built NYC’s Neoprene Six-Pack Tote

My memories of picnicking as a child include my poor dad struggling to carry a giant plastic cooler weighing approximately 100 pounds to our picnic site.  He’d heave the monstrous beast onto a picnic table and then go sit down to mop the sweat off his brow. Fun start to the day! Now that I have children, I’m determined not to become their pack mule. Instead of using a huge cooler, we pack things in smaller, easy-to-carry containers and share the load. Built NYC makes the most amazing neoprene totes in different shapes, sizes and colors to keep cool drinks insulated stylishly and...

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Picnic Week: The Mod Bento Lunchbox

I’m tired of unpacking a picnic lunch and finding that the sandwiches have been squished or the plastic containers have spilled their contents all over the inside of the cooler.  Next time, I am putting things in the colorful, streamlined bento lunch box from LA’s Plastica boutique.  With 2-4 separate melamine layers, the tuna and potato salad can be packed separately from the PB&J and cookies. Just stack the layers, grab the metal handle and go. Afterward, toss right into the dishwasher.  Considering grabbing the one of the great-looking two-level bento boxes (shown) for each child, and they can...

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Happy Camper Week: Built NY Munchlers

With extra protective parents and a ton of great outdoor resources right near our home, I saw my fair share of day camps growing up. So along with my swimsuit and an extra change of clothes, my mom always had to pack me a lunch. Of course, she never had anything as cool as the Built NY Munchlers. These insulated lead-free bags were designed by children’s book illustrator Stephen Savage and are sized to fit a decent sized lunch without taking up a ton of room in your kid’s backpack. If you’re not swayed by the cute animal designs,...

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