Reusable lunch containers are an easy way to prevent plastic pollution. Here are a few of my favorites.
Small Lunch Containers
U Konserve Nesting Trio Stainless Steel Containers with Leak Resistant Lids - I bought my first set of these in 2011. I now have two sets, one for each kid. We use them every day. They go in the dishwasher each evening (or I refill them), and their lids have yet to get warped. That's pretty amazing. They snapped on just as well this morning as they did the first time I used them in 2011.
Since I use plastic sandwich bags sparingly, I calculated that we've saved about 6,000 plastic bags from going into the landfill since I bought these. OK, so I get that I have to wash those containers, and that takes up some space in the dishwasher, which takes energy and water, but I still say they’re worth it.
THERMOS FOOGO Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel 10 Ounce Food Jar – I’ve made mac and cheese at 7 am and put it into this little Thermos for my daughter. It stays hot (more or less), and if my daughter gets mac and cheese in her lunch she eats it, and that's all I can ask for these days.
Larger Lunch Containers
Stanley Adventure Vacuum Insulated Food Jar – This is more of a grown-up sized food jar. I've been known to heat frozen corn dogs at 7 am and put them into this container for my eight-year-old son, (which is why you won’t catch me writing about health and nutrition.)
A Travel Mug
Contigo AUTOSEAL West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug – We’ve gone through a couple of different types of to go coffee containers, and this one seems to be the hands-down winner. It keeps coffee warm for hours. The only problem is it's super hot coming out. I've burnt my lips more than a few times.
Glass Food Storage Containers
Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids 22 Piece Glass Food Storage Container Set - The glass Rubbermaid containers are a must in every kitchen. My friend came with these containers full of delicious homemade food after my daughter was born, and I have used them every day since then. Lids have yet to get warped (a few did get lost though), and I put the evening leftovers into these containers and send them off as lunch for tomorrow.