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14 Essentials for Packing a Plastic Free Lunch

our favorite reusable items for packing lunch for the kids (and yourself!)

As many of us are headed back to the office, it’s time to get ready to start getting creative when it comes to packing lunches. Getting takeout for lunch every now and then is great, but it’s expensive and there’s just so much trash generated! Packing lunch is great for your wallet and for the planet, especially if you invest in some plastic free lunch packing essentials. While plastic sandwich bags and plastic containers may be convenient, they aren’t the healthiest and are only adding to the plastic problem in our oceans. Instead, stock up on some of these reusable lunchbox essentials made from stainless steel, glass, wax, silicone, and cotton. Whether you’re packing leftovers, a simple sandwich, or a salad, we’ve got you covered. Our plastic free lunch packing essentials are reusable, washable, and healthier than a bag full of plastic containers. We also have a roundup of general food storage containers you might want to check out.


a) Bee’s Wrap Sandwich Wrap

b) Pyrex 3.4 Cups Bento Box

c) Lunchbox’s Large Cinco Stainless Steel Lunch Container

d) JaceBox Stainless Steel Lunch Containers

e) U-Konserve Round Nesting Trio Stainless Steel Containers

f) Ello DuraGlass Lunch Bowl Container

g) Stainless Steel Salad Dressing and Condiment Containers

h) Thermos 16oz Stainless Food Jar

i) Stasher Silicone Reusable Storage Bag, Sandwich

j) Snow Peak Titanium Spork

k) Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Utensil Set

l) Reusable Silicone Baking Cups

m) Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag

n) Fluf Organic Cotton Lunch Bag

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