What are the most awesome, non-plastic, non-toxic, reusable lunch containers available?
April 24, 2008 8:43 AM Subscribe
What should I bring my lunch to work in? I'm looking for non-plastic, non-potentially-toxic, reusable alternatives to the zip-locs and gladware I usually bring my lunch & snacks to work in.
posted by tastybrains to food & drink (36 answers total) 42 users marked this as a favorite
I did try searching for this both here and on the general internet...while I have found random suggestions, none of them have really appealled to me as the perfect solution, so I'm hoping to get some direct product suggestions or the most awesomest idea ever from you guys. No pressure or anything. ;-)
I bring my lunch and many snacks to work daily. Things I typically bring include the following: sandwich in a zip-loc or gladware, with some pickles/lettuce/tomato wrapped separately in another zip-loc; cut up veggies in a gladware with a little plastic solo cup of dip; pre-packaged applesauce in little plastic cups; sliced fruit in a zip-loc; sliced cheese in a zip-loc; leftover soups/stews/entrees in gladware; yogurts, cottage cheeses, other wet gloppy things in gladware. Oh, and I drink water from the water fountain at work in either plastic cups or a plastic Nalgene bottle.
I realize this is not good for the environment, and -- if there is anything to all the recent hype about how bad storing/reheating food in plastic is* -- it's probably not so good for me either.
So what are the best alternatives? I would prefer things that are: (1) Not crazy expensive, (2) Reusable for the long-haul, (3) Easy to clean, (4) Easy to carry around, (5) LEAK PROOF.
I would need the following items:
- Things to wrap or store sandwiches in.
- Things to store and reheat soups, stews, and entrees.
- Things to store salad in.
- TINY containers to store dressings, dips, condiments, and extras (like pickles which are highly important).
- Alternatives to zip-locs for little snacks like apple slices, berries, cheese cubes, nuts, veggies, etc.
- Alternative to my Nalgene bottle.
Links to places I can buy things online would be highly appreciated.
* I don't really want to debate this because I don't even know if I believe it's a hugely big deal (I mean, at this point, the only things that aren't proven to cause cancer are rainbows and laughter), but I've read plenty of convincing information that makes me think it's worth exploring non-plastic alternatives.