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Lunchbox recommendations?

I bought Laptop Lunchboxes for my kids a few years ago. (http://www.laptoplunches.com/) I loved the shape, the little compartments that saved on waste and the size. But they were horrible. They were hard to open, and once opened, they were hard to close. My kids’ lunches were always a mess!

So, what I’m looking for are bento style lunchboxes, especially with the little reusable containers inside, that actually close easily – maybe with clasps or something? Maybe in a stainless steel rather than plastic? Does anything like this exist??


  • these are two i found on amazon.. and i also saw one at world market (dunno if you have one of those near you)



  • WinonaWinona Raw Newbie

    hi libbyB- i love the togoware container. i use it to take my lunch to work.

  • newbienewbie Raw Newbie

    I like this site: http://www.reusablebags.com/store/

    In addition to “lunch box kits”, they have “wrap-n-mat” sandwich bag replacements that can double as place mats. It’s a great site!

  • RawKidChefRawKidChef Raw Newbie

    potterybarnkids.com sells good backpacks and lunchboxes that are high quality. You can also buy tupperware that fits specially into the lunchboxes. good luck.

  • aw they look like good lunch boxes. I’m sorry to hear they didn’t work out for you. Wow loveskale that first stainless steel lunch box looks awesome. I’d like to get one now for picnics.

    Newbie, I’ve always had a thing for those wrap-n-mats. I got a few a year ago and they were great for picnics, that site seems to have a lot of awesome goods.

  • I just ordered a Mr Bento off amazon…it’s a little pricey but I read the reviews and it sounds awesome. It’s shaped like a thermos but there are 4 bowls inside it, each with a lid. two of them keep food hot, and it’s supposed to keep stuff cool too. However the bowls are plastic I think…Thermos makes a Nissan version that is steel I think…also on Amazon but a few dollars more. I can’t wait till I get it…hauling around like 8 differenmt tupperwares that are only half full is such a pain…and I hate throwing away ziplocs (I try to use the same one all week though)

  • haha I totally just realized…it probably doesn’t matter to you if it keeps food hot. but that was one thing people raved about (i just hope it keeps my stuff cool)

  • WinonaWinona Raw Newbie

    lizk – people reminded that my beautiful stainless steel togoware can’t be microwaved and it won’t keep food warm. but then i realized… it doesn’t matter to me!!

  • Thanks for all the suggestions! I also found these adorable bentos. http://shop.iloveobento.com/

    I emailed them to find out what they are made of, since I couldn’t find anything online. I’ll let you know what I found out. My kids have already picked out their favorites, so I hope I can order some! Too cute!!! Be sure to check out the gallery to see the beautiful food people have been putting into their bentos!!

  • I heard back from iloveobento.com. Here is their response:

    Most of our boxes are made of PP or polypropelyne which is the safest plastic for food use at a wide range of temperatures. Some of the boxes (most that are made in Japan) are composed of ABS (Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) which is a resin that is chemically inert and so does not transfer chemicals, much of our plumbing in the US is made of this plastic. Most trouble from plastic comes from inappropriate temperatures being used with the wrong plastics. You probably already know all that! So these two materials are the safest for hot foods. I know I am extra-super-mega-careful with anything that comes into contact with my children! So it’s good to see parents checking into these things.

    They aren’t stainless steel, but they are the shape and style I was looking for for my kids.

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