When it comes to rigid lunch boxes there are plenty to choose from but if you avoid plastic when you buy you’ll most likely be choosing an eco friendly lunch box as well. In this article we review the best.
The days of using plastic and brown paper for lunch totes are obsolete.
Adults take lunch boxes to work or on picnics for two.
Why Should I Use a Rigid Lunch Box?
Damage to lunches in bags is easy to imagine in office refrigerators where your lunch bag is piled on by other workers’ lunches.
Using a rigid lunch box not only protects food contained inside, but it is reusable and provides an extra measure of environmental sustainability disposal plastic bags do not.
In the UK, packaging essential requirements are outlined as part of compliance and enforcement.
Avoid Plastic – Choose an Eco Friendly Lunch Box
In addition to the fact that plastic takes 200 years to breakdown after disposal, plastic is also a harmful leachate that adds hazardous chemicals to soil and water.
CauliBox, a UK organisation, has begun the first reusable lunch box scheme to halt the increased volume of plastics used in take away lunches.
Avoiding plastic usage is a way of creating a safer environment.
Choose an eco friendly lunch box made of natural materials that are reusable and increase environmental sustainability.
What Types of Solid Lunch Boxes are There?
When you move away from plastic lunch boxes and bags, you have a wide choice of solid lunch boxes.
Each are made from natural, biodegradable materials that do not pose harm to the environment. They include:
- Stainless steel
- Glass (composed of boron trioxide and silica (sand)
Depending on the types of lunches you regularly prepare, you need to know the differences in each of these solid lunch box materials to determined how they fit your needs.
For example, you need an insulated lunch box when you choose hot foods to keep their temperature.
For foods that need to be kept at colder temperatures, choose a hard lunch box cooler.
There are also professional lunch boxes for those who need to maintain their professional business image and hard shell lunch boxes that are suitable for foods that can be easily damaged.
Some adults prefer several types of hard lunch boxes for a variety of luncheon foods.
All of these are made from natural materials that are not harmful to the environment, unlike a plastic lunch box that crack in temperature extremes and are not environmentally safe.
The Best Hard Lunch Boxes for Adults
In order to make a discerning decision on which are the best hard lunch boxes for adults, we review the best for you to expand your knowledge of each type.
The more you know about the hard lunch box you choose, the more personalised your choice will be.
Note that each type of hard lunch box for adults has different features in shape, size and quantity of foods each lunch box will contain.
Stainless Steel Hard Lunch Boxes
PlanetBox’s Rover Bento Box is made of eco friendly stainless steel, has five compartments and a lid.
It is made of safe, durable stainless steel.
Adults love that it is lightweight and yet, very sturdy, easy to clean and reuse.
It is lead-free and contains no BPA, PVC or phthalates as plastic take away lunch boxes do.
It also includes one handy Big Dipper food container and one smaller size Little Dipper food container.
It received 4.2 out of 5 stars as rated by 51 customers who reviewed this product.
Planet Box also offers the Shuttle Stainless Steel lunch box with two deep compartments and a 3.5 ounce cup and lid is also included.
This product received a whopping 5.0 out of 5 stars from 5 customers who reviewed it.
If you are considering buying a stainless steel lunch box you might like to read a recent article I wrote next “Can You Put Hot Food in a Stainless Steel Lunch Box?“
Bamboo Lunch Boxes
Bentoheaven offers bamboo lunch boxes for adults that are rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 623 customers who reviewed this stylish product.
It is durable, microwaveable and is available in bamboo white or bamboo black.
Offered with a set of 2 x 20 fl. oz food containers, one food divider, a free pair of chopsticks, fork, knife and spoon and has a ventilated top cover and elastic strap.
Silver One Eco One Bento Box Style Bamboo Storage Container is ideal for packing sandwiches in an eco friendly way.
It is leak proof and keeps meals fresh with a seal tight lid.
As a sustainable product, it is easy to clean.
It received 3.7 out of 5 stars in five customer ratings.
Vanli’s Japanese Eco Friendly Bamboo Lunch box includes an air tight silicone ring to maintain food freshness.
It is leak proof and safe for use by both children and adults.
It received 4.5 out of 5 stars in two customer ratings.
Silicone Lunch Boxes
The Smart Planet EC-34 Large 3-Compartment Eco Silicone Collapsible Meak Kit Lunch Box for adults is an eye catching green colour to remind users and everyone who sees it, it is an eco friendly, environmentally safe product.
It received 3.8 out of 5 stars in ratings in 325 customer reviews.
It expands to double in size and is collapsible.
It includes three inner compartments, a special condiment lid and an innovative reusable spork utensil.
KCMEE silicone lunch boxes for adults offer three compartments in Bento box style.
It received 4.6 out of 5 stars in three customer ratings.
It is leak proof, microwave safe and has an air tight lid.
It also features a collapsible design for added convenience and it is easy to clean.
Lunch Squares offers collapsible silicone containers for use as adult lunch boxes.
These are intended for small portions of up to 8 ounces and are microwaveable and oven safe.
They are sold in blue, orange and green and washable markers can be used on their surfaces.
These received 4.4 out of 5 stars in 14 customer ratings and have won the Family Choice Award.
Glass Lunch Boxes
Most adults think of glass as highly breakable.
However, Borosilicate glass is created to prevent breakage.
The beauty of these eco friendly glass lunch boxes is that they are transparent and foods contained within are clearly seen.
The RENPHO Glass Bento Box has three compartments and holds up to 36 ounces of food.
It has an air-tight lid and dividers to store several types of luncheon foods without mixing even when the container is dropped or is turned upside down.
It is sold in packs of four.
Bentgo Glass Lunch Container is oven safe up to 1100 degrees F, is leak proof and has three compartments for proper food portioning.
It features a striking purple coloured lid that provides an air tight seal and locking side grips.
It received 4.3 out 5 stars in 115 customer ratings.
Now that you have read the reviews on the best eco friendly lunch boxes, all that remains is to determine your personal preference.
Try one or more until you find the best sustainable lunch box types that suit your lunch choices.