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Packing Smart, Stylish, Safe Lunches: Comment to WIN!

Comments are NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to Natalie who had the winning comment! (updated 12/15/08).

I’m a fan of the waste free lunch. The last thing I want to do is send my kids or husband off with a trash filled lunch. Even more important is to keep their food safe. My family also appreciates a lunch that still resembles the food it is when they open it several hours after I’ve packed it.

Enter my new favorite way to pack lunches, LunchSense. These innovative lunch systems meet every requirement I have! They enable a waste free lunch, are made out of safe materials which means my family won’t be ingesting leached in chemicals and the boxes are even machine washable!

What I really love are the inner containers. The lunch boxes come with a set of fully lidded containers made of polypropylene (#5) and the drink containers are polypropylene or polyethylene (#2). In the words of Nancy Owen Myers- founder of LunchSense, “These (plastics) are considered by GreenPeace and others as “food-safe”, but I prefer to use the term “time-tested”.”

More information and contest after the jump.

We were sent the medium box to try out and once I got used to opening and closing the box (a matter of minutes), I really enjoyed it! Did I mention that the box itself folds out into a lunch mat (which also makes for easier cleaning, simply fold it out and wipe down or toss into the washing machine). My husband was impressed and he is a hard one to please. He thought the boxes were appropriate for all ages (kids and adults alike) and really appreciated that all the containers have lids. Lack of lidded containers is his biggest pet peeve with our children’s current lunch systems.

Of course, the box and containers are all free of BPA, Lead and PVC. We don’t want those nasties in our food storage or anywhere near our children!

The website touts these boxes as EASY, HEALTHY, and COOL. What more could we ask for in a food storage and transport system? You may also be glad to hear that your lunch system may arrive in any number of (other companies) cardboard boxes. LunchSense believes in reusing cardboard boxes versus recycling them. Why not get the maximum life possible out of a shipping box?

LunchSense has offered to make one of you ultra cool with their hip, new, colorful lunch system. Simply visit LunchSense, take a look at the site and products, then come back here to leave a comment with what you liked, your name, and your email address.

Comments are open until Monday, December 15th at 7:00 AM PST. The winner will be selected from all properly submitted comments using a random number generator and will be notified via email and posted on Eco Child’s Play by 5pm on Dec.15th. The winner gets to choose box size and color! Open to residents of the United States.

If you want to place an order with LunchSense, please do so. If you win the drawing, LunchSense will issue you a refund to make your box FREE or you can choose to receive a second box.

Eat well. Be well.

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  1. What a great idea! I’ve struggled to find something easy and safe to use for my daughter. Do you know if the containers are microwavable or not?

  2. what a cool product!

  3. I like the medium size blue lunchbox for my younger two boys. I especially like that they have a large bag to incorporate afternooon snacks for those children who have afterschool programs.

    I wish that one of the packable lunch box makers would make a lunch box for teenage boys in high school. I know for my boys they would never carry that lunch box. Perhaps something that looks like a soccer or swim bag perhaps at an affordable price?

    Great contest.

    Anna http://www.green-talk.com

  4. That is too cool! I want one!

  5. Alexandra P. says:

    I’d love the large lunch box! I eat two small meals at work so all those containers would be great for my “mini meals”. Wonderful!

  6. What is there not to like? I am young, single, and lacking in disposable income, and trying to be as eco-friendly as possible. I have spent a while re-using plastic baggies and pushing packed lunches into tubular plastic bread bags but I am now learning more about chemical leaching and I can’t do it anymore! I’m a teacher and this box would not only be great for me but I can see how both the kids and parents at school would be very intrigued by the many positive attributes of this lunch system. Happy packing, everyone!

  7. I love it all. I really like how it folds out to a mat. That rocks! Thanks for pointing me in the right direction for these healthy lunch packing choices.


  8. My daughter would love the small purple box!

  9. I could see myself using something like this! I am so tired of all the yucky crumb build up in our lunch boxes. I homeschool my two kids, so I like the large set, so the three us of us can carry lunch our our frequent field trips and outings.

  10. A friend pointed me here when I was discussing with her idea’s for my husband’s lunch. It looks like it might just fit the bill!

  11. Those are awesome! I can’t tell you how much I hated smashed sandwiches in middle and high school. I’d probably get a box AND some extra containers to replace some of my Tupperware, because I don’t completely trust it, even though it doesn’t have the major offenders’ plastic numbers.

  12. What a great product. I love the variety of sizes and how it can also be used as a mat.


  13. This is a fantastic product, great for the environment, and so useful and stylish that everyone will want to use it. I especially love that they are shipping them out in used boxes. Of course, that’s something anyone can do thanks to UsedCardboardBoxes.com. With any luck, more companies will start thinking this way, as we all need to do our part to be more eco-friendly, whether it’s recycling cans, using public transit instead of our cars, or something as simple as buying used boxes instead of new for shipping.

  14. These look fantastic. I like the small size (and that they offer different sizes), because it would be perfect for my little ones. Also, the colors are so bright and happy.

  15. I love all of them! But I think the large box (in purple) would be most useful for my family.

  16. I like the large box for outings and my lunch. I’m at school from 6:30 – 3:30, 4:00 if we have faculty meeting, 4:30 if robotics or garden club meets. I’m trying to take my own snacks to eat healthier rather than buying stuff out of the vending machines.

  17. YES… the inner containers are microwave safe (open the lid first!) and top rack dishwasher safe.

  18. This is just what I have been looking for. I always bring my lunch in to work, but have a “mish mosh” of containers and bags. IT is nice to have one convenient system that is safe and well organized.

  19. That is so awsome! My mom has a list of all the plastics and which ones are the most “safe”. I am always calling her to ask about water bottles and containers that I buy to have her check the list. She herself has switched to packing everything in metal and glass containers…I’m not ready to go that far yet.

  20. I like the medium lunchbox in purple. I am a frequent lunch carrier and would love a system like this.

  21. This is a really cool product. My husband and I both work and like to bring our lunch, and this would be PERFECT for either of us. I think the large black would be my preference. My favorite thing about this lunch system is how customizable it is, especially how you can order additional pieces (without having to buy another one), not to mention safe plastics. Brilliant.

  22. I like the availability of sizes, option to choose two different caps on the cup, and the divided containers.

  23. The medium sized one is perfect for my husband who is working so hard to be more eco-friendly with his lunches. And the large version is perfect for me when I take the kids out on picnics at the park and forget a picnic blanket yet again!

  24. This looks great. I currently use laptop lunchboxes but this actually looks even better.

  25. That is great! I love the large lime green one. It’s perfect.
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  26. I like the medium size box. About the right size for many years of bringing lunches to school, I hope.

  27. I love the recycled shipping boxes idea! But mostly, I like the several lidded food safe containers that can keep everything in tact (fruit, veggies, pasta, etc.) without it all mixing together.

  28. This would mak a great gift for my husband!

  29. This is a wonderful product, I just purchased a utencil set from http://www.to-goware.com/, so this will make a “waste free lunch” that much easier to accomplish…

  30. Tamara Weaver says:

    What a great idea…I love these lunchboxes. I really liked the large lunchbox, perfect for my long 12 hour shifts or for my almost middle schooler who is on a special diet (we all are actually!). Awesome product, thanks for the heads up.

  31. OOOH Lovin’ the lunchsense!
    I would use this, and not share. The rest of the family would have to get their own. Ok, since I have 2 small kids, I would buy some for them. But the hubby, well, he’s on his own.
    I like the large, and in black, but whatever, I am not picky. Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Wow! I am glad to see these. I purchased the laptop lunch set for my husband and was considering getting myself one for work. However, I find the containers in his set to be a bit small. I like that you can purchase the containers separately to customize your set. I’d love to win one of these!

  33. I like that the containers are airtight. So many of mine are not. I also like that it has an icepack. Very cool.

  34. Looks good. Anybody know the actual demensions of the folded up box? I’m wondering if the large will fit in my rather big pack?

  35. In the past couple of months, we’ve converted to using all reusable containers in our house to pack the 3 lunches that need to go out the door. I love the design that everything has a “place” and packs so neatly. I recently found out that I’ll need to go on a specific diet for a medical test that I’ll need to undergo next month and will need to eat several snacks a day while I’m at work instead of a bigger lunch….this looks perfect for what I need! Thanks for posting :)


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