Do you go out of your way to avoid anything with BPA in it? BPA (Bisphenol A), a synthetic compound found in soft plastics, has by now gained notoriety for causing all kinds of health-related issues, from cancer to development issues in kids. The National Institute of Health Related Sciences is reporting that BPA was found in over 90% of people tested in the US, and traces have even been found in breast milk. The BPA leaks from food containers and cans into your food, and then into your stomach. While purchasing BPA-free items is a must, new research is showing that even those items are not worry-free. In the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers claimed that some BPA-free plastics leached more toxic compounds than BPA.
So what is a concerned-parent to do? While storing food and packing lunchboxes for our kids in plastic is easy and convenient, there are alternatives. Consider purchasing stainless steel and other eco-friendly lunchboxes and food savers. Below are some products available on the market today.
Eco-Friendly Lunchboxes and Food Savers
1. Kids Konserve Leak-Proof Stainless-Steel Food Containers – When we’re on the go, I throw in various food containers filled with nuts, popcorn, berries, and other healthy snacks in my son’s lunchbox. It wasn’t too difficult to swap out the plastic ones we typically use with these stainless steel ones. He is only four, but he is able to open and close the lids without any issues. They have not leaked, and I don’t have to worry about them cracking like plastic tends to.
2. Stainless Steel ECOlunchbox Three-in-One – While the idea behind this lunchbox is great, its functionality leaves a lot to be desired. If you have an older child (12+) or are looking to purchase an eco-friendly lunchbox for yourself, this is a good choice. It’s small, yet fits a full lunch because of its design. However, it is difficult to open and close, and takes a few tries to snag the trays into each other. My little guy would never be able to operate it.
3. PlanetBox Lunchboxes – This lunchbox receives a five-star rating, and it is priced as such. It is stainless steel, yet has a soft cover on the outside with a carry handle. The best part is that these lunchboxes are easy to operate, yet have various small compartments to hold a sandwhich, fruit, chips, nuts, etc. The only downside is the price. The cheapest model starts at $34.95 and goes up to $74.95. If your child is prone to losing his lunchbox, you may want to think twice about the investment.
4. Food Kozy – Kids Konserve sent me a sample of these food kozies, which are reusable wraps for sandwhiches and snacks. I love the idea of this product, especially since you can unwrap it to lie flat as a placemat. However, I do wish it was made from cotton rather than plastic, even though it is BPA and PVC-free. Check them out for yourself and decide.
When it comes to packing healthy lunches for your kids, remember that it isn’t just what you pack inside the lunchbox that matters. Harmful chemicals and toxins that come in contact with your child’s food can also affect their health. Do your research, and feel confident that you are always making the best decision.
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