10 Plastic-Free Lunch Boxes

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Packing lunch in a reusable container is good for the environment and the wallet, but what type of material should you use? With growing concern over the effects of plastic used for food storage (not to mention plastic’s overall eco-unfriendliness), we’re turning our attention toward materials like stainless steel, wood, and cloth. Here are 10 beautiful, functional, and plastic-free ways to carry your lunch.

1 ECOlunchbox Stainless Steel Food Containers, $22 (oval or rectangle) or $50 kit with container, handmade cloth lunch bag and three napkins, and bamboo spork
2 Stainless Steel Latch Tiffins, $12.50-29.50 at Happy Tiffin
3 PlanetBox Stainless Steel Box, $34.95; also available: carry bag and rubber-based magnets to decorate the boxes
4 Magewappa Bento Boxes, about $87-122 at Bento&co; made from sustainably farmed sugi (Japanese cedar) wood
5 LunchBots 100% Stainless Steel Containers, $12.99-$16.99

6 Wool Insulated Natural Lunch Bag, $55.95 at Life Without Plastic
7 Stainless Steel Thermal Lunchboxes, $19.50-23.50 at Pearl River Mart
8 Japanese Bento Box, $107.95 from Life Without Plastic; made of cedar and coated with natural lacquer
9 To-Go Ware Stainless Steel Food Carriers, $22.95-24.95 at ReusableBags.com; also available: Cotton Sling Bag
10 Zen Stainless Steel Bento Boxes, about $26-54 at Bento&co