Eco-Friendly

Back to School BPA-Free

Having just scared the wits out of myself, I decided to look into some good ideas for safe food containers, dishes etc.  I was also prompted by a slight tiff between hubby and I over my choice of a ceramic bowl for my breakfast this morning.  Here is what I found.  I have not tested any of them yet, but will let you know what I get and how I like them.

For those who have quite a lot of money to spend (not me), I discovered Laptop Lunches.  They are beautiful and free of all the things we want to keep our of our homes.  Below is a picture of some of the lunch boxes and the accompanying safety info from the website.   Click on the link to see more information and pricing.

http://www.laptoplunches.com/

containers, food, plactic

  • Safe! NO lead, BPA, phthalates or PVC
  • Cost-effective – pays for itself in just 3 weeks
  • Reusable – lasts for years
  • Recycled & Recyclable
  • Easy to Clean
  • Waste-free Food containers made in the USA Made in the USA
Next I found a good water bottle for kids and adults.  They are seen all over my classroom and I know they hold up to bangs and last a long time without leaking.
http://mysigg.com/
They are reasonably priced and the website has a store locator…I have about 10 stores within five miles which sell them…no shipping costs.  Accessories including lunch boxes are available, but they seem to be small and expensive:
SIGG aluminum boxes are practical and versatile – use them for your little snacks in between meals or as a simple storage box for your office, kitchen or bedroom.


Maxi is our large box and measures 228x145x77mm or 8.97×5.70×3.03 inches.
$35.99
Still hunting, I discovered Thermos is another popular and safe manufacturer of BPA free products.  Their  water bottles are leakproof and cool (important for school).

Lunch boxes made out of stainless steel are safer than carrying heavy glass around in a schoolbag.  I found these at MightyNest:

Eco Stainless Steel Food Container Details:

BPA, PVC and Phthalate Free.  LunchBots are stainless steel food containers that are perfect for lunch and snacks, are healthier than plastic and better for the environment. Both the container and the lid are made from the highest quality, 18/8 (#304) stainless steel.  LunchBots are safe, eco-friendly, and durable.

They are reasonably priced and come in a variety of sizes.  Dishwasher safe, BPA and phosphate free…very Mom-friendly 🙂

I also decided to look into a big store to see what they had that was BPA free.  Target had a number of plastic containers that were BPA free.  They were generally sold as ‘Dishwasher Safe” and some were even “Microwave Safe’.  I might consider these as cheeper options but NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES wash them in the dishwasher or microwave them.

I really feel using common sense is key.  Plastic destroys the earth and contains synthetic materials.  Over the years, we have discovered that ingredients in plastic can cause neurological issue, birth defects, impair cognitive development and lead to cancer.  So what will they discover in a few more years?

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4 thoughts on “Back to School BPA-Free”

  1. My oldest started kindergarten this year so I also checked out earth and kid friendly lunchbox options. He has mild cerebral palsy so I had to be aware of what he could and could not do fine motor wise. I discovered Easy Lunchboxes.com and so far they have been working well for him. It does bother me that they are not completly leakproof but if they snapped on tightly he would never be able to get them open all on his own. I will have to check out your findings. Glad I wandered into your blog! 🙂

    1. Hello Shoes,
      I’m glad you found me too. I began looking seriously into safer lunch boxes because my son had leukemia. I was already as organic as I could be. I get the need for your son to be able to get the lid off…these lunch boxes are good. There is also a lunchbox I like which is plastic but BPA free and very user-friendly from Stop and Shop of all places! They are “Cool It” boxes. Good luck with the hunting.

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