we also made the decision to move away from plasticware for his lunches. they stained, smelled, leaked, were hard to clean. i don't know why i kept them around as long as i did. so around a year ago, we tossed all but a very few plastic dishes in the trash and invested in a collection of Pyrex containers. (we kept a very few tiny 3 ounce containers for things like nuts, dips, and dressings.) Skyler uses an insulated lunch box i picked up from Costco one day (he is only allowed to carry black, because he wears a uniform) and it's the size of a small cooler. it's large enough that i can pack a main dish (usually a helping of leftovers - a bowl of soup, salad with steak, roast, chicken and rice, etc.), a snack bar, a greek yogurt, carrots and peanut butter, freeze dried fruit, and trail mix. that is a lot of snacks, but he's out of the house for 11 or so hours a day and sometimes reaching into his lunchbox to grab and snack and run is all he has time for. thankfully, Sky has access to a fridge, so that isn't a concern for us. to drink, he has a big reusable bottle of water he refills several times throughout the day.
|itty bitty plastic container. we have three - all that remain of the days of yester-plastic. please disregard the hard water spots. thanks.|
then something happened. i came across Lunchbots. they are light, sturdy, perfectly sized, and have options for every need. there are a few downsides: the basic models are not leak proof, they are not microwaveable, and they are a little on the pricey side. Lunchbots addresses the issue with leaking by introducing a line of BPA free leak-proof lids, so you can reserve the basic models for dryer goods. the microwave thing isn't a big problem for me personally, since i'm not expecting access to a microwave. they also would be great for packing lunches for kids, since they're so friendly and there are so many sizes. there are even insulated containers to keep cool foods cool and warm foods warm.
|inside of the Lunchbot Duo|
|outside of the Lunchbot Duo|