Eco Lunch Boxes

In looking for preschools, we’re finding that a lot of local programs are at no-waste schools. So Peanut and I have been on the lookout for the perfect reusable lunch box and supplies. And in our search, we found a wonderful mom-owned and operated business that has all the best nontoxic, eco-friendly lunch containers. (I don’t know the owner or anyone who works for her. I get nothing if they do well, and I got nothing for free during the process of finding them and buying from them.)

One Small Step is an aggregator of all the best lunch sacks, lunch boxes, bento boxes, reusable containers, washable sandwich wraps, stainless beverage mugs, and other eco-conscious, non-toxic stuff. And they offer the best prices I could find online, which is more than a little important to me.

We got a lot of things, since we’re new to the whole “eating away from home without ziplock” thing.

Peanut chose a washable cotton lunch sack that he can paint with fabric paint.acme2

He chose a brightly colored bento box that we’ve used now for four meals in a row. I checked the measurements before we bought, and it fits perfectly into the bag.bento4

The bento box is big enough for an adult lunch, but small enough for preschooler who likes lots of choices.

He also chose a great washable sandwich wrap that velcros contents in a little non-toxic burrito.


And the reusable-lunch gurus at One Small Step (maybe just one guru, if the handwritten note included in my recycled box from the owner is any indication that this is a new, new, new one-mom company)  included a few awesome bamboo sporks.

This company has no idea I’m blogging about its offerings and my enormous satisfaction with the customer service and quality of products. The ownerhas no idea I have a blog, nor that I have tens of thousands of readers (somewhere in there—who’s counting?) who hang on my every word.

Local, home-based business a mom started = yay. Eco-friendly = yay. Prices as low as I could find anywhere else online for the best quality stuff = yay. Can you tell I don’t have a future in reviewing? Yea.

Go get yourselves some reusable, nontoxic lunch stuff. I’m temted to go back for the Fugu neoprene lpunch box for myself. For the planet, you understand. For the planet.fugured

10 thoughts on “Eco Lunch Boxes

  1. did you say preschool? i love the sound of that word. we’re getting ready for that this year… the website you recommend looks great. thanks for the tip!

  2. One Small Step is definitely stepping in the right direction with its broad offering of no-waste lunch items. There’s no one size fits all! I’m also an eco-mom who has started my own green company and One Small Step carries my ECOlunchbox Kits. You might want to check out my cotton, machine washable, very durable lunchbags that convert to backpacks. Great for kids 3 to 103 and they come with matching napkins, a stainless steel food box and a bamboo spork. Our ECOlunchbox Kit is 100% plastic-free, waste free, lead-free, BPA-free, PVC-free and vinyl-free.

  3. Hi,

    I came across your entry about school lunches and thought that you may be interested in knowing about these Waste Free Lunch Kits.

    They include a stainless beverage bottle, a thermos for hot meals, a neoprene washable lunch bag and an optional set of stainless food containers.

    They come in a variety of configurations as well.

    Here’s the link:



  4. I am so interested in this you won’t believe. I have 5 kids aged 16 yrs down to 6 yrs, in roughly equal but unplanned date and gender increments! Mum feels as passionately as I do about this.

    I see a huge need for parents to moblise and enforce better, more eco friendly practices, on each other and those providing goods and services to us.

    This looks very progressive… tell me more.


  5. Hey I thought you might love to try using a stainless steel container at Happy Tiffin but this type of food container is suitable for adult use. However, you can guarantee that it is made of high quality stainless steel, is reusable, reliable, long-lasting, and affordable.

    • Thanks, Ara. I do like using a tiffin for lunches at work or home, but as you mention, a small child can’t make them work. Thanks for the info, though, since lots of people hit this post looking for eco lunch boxes for adults and children.

  6. I thought I’d let you know about another great option out there for packing lunches: PlanetBox is the eco and easy way to pack healthy lunches for kids. Made out of high quality stainless steel, its the safe, non-toxic alternative to plastic. Part bento box, part TV dinner tray, PlanetBox is a custom-designed, all in one solution for packing well-balanced lunches kids love. Kids can personalize their PlanetBox with their choice of super hip magnet sets. Check out for more information. Thanks.

  7. Taking a waste free lunch is a great first step towards reducing avoidable waste from plastic baggies and water bottles. My web-site sells re-usable lunch boxes made from stainless steel. These are BPA free and highly durable. In addition to these, we also sell compartment style dinner plates made from stainless steel that are great for toddlers and small children. These are also BPA free and easy to maintain. All our products are designed keeping in mind the planets needs and safety for our health.

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