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Packing a lunch is one of the simplest things you can do to improve your life! It’s a great way to save a few dollars and eat healthier, greener—and potentially even tastier food.
Preparing lunches at home can also reduce your environmental footprint. When you opt for reusable food containers, you can save lots of disposable packaging and cutlery from reaching landfill.
When it comes to lunch boxes, plastic is the most widely used material for many reasons. It’s lightweight, cheap and durable but it comes with its own sets of problems you should consider for the sake of your health and the environment.
Dangers of plastic lunchboxes
More and more research is proving that toxic compounds found in plastic cause health problems.
Studies have found that certain chemicals in plastic containers, namely phthalates (used to soften plastics) and bisphenol A (BPA) (used to harden plastics) can leach out of the plastic and into the food and beverages we eat. This leaching occurs even faster when plastic is exposed to heat. This means you might be getting an even higher dose of potentially harmful chemicals simply by microwaving your lunch!
When these chemicals enter our bodies, they interfere with the body’s hormones. Researchers have linked them to health problems such as obesity, diabetes, neurological problems and reduced fertility. That’s why 5 phthalates are banned by law from children’s products, and why the FDA stopped the use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups.
In 2010, the FDA agreed to reconsider the safety of BPA in food packaging and has joined other federal health agencies in studying the chemical in both animals and humans.
Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. Firstly, plastics are made from petrochemicals through an energy-intensive process that creates lots of pollution and contributes to global warming. What’s more, only 9% of all the plastic waste ever created has been recycled and its accumulation in oceans and landfills is causing serious problems for humans, wildlife and their habitat.
Whether you are a tree-hugger or being “green” is low on your priorities, we all live on this planet and have a responsibility to keep the planet as liveable as possible by reducing our plastic waste.
In recent years BPA has gotten a lot of media attention and many manufacturers would lead you to believe that “their” plastic is safe by labeling it “BPA-free” or “Toxin-Free.”But this is not the whole truth.
Sure, the product may be BPA-free, but in its place, these companies are using BPS, BPF, BPAF and diphenyl sulphone—all close cousins of BPA that may be equally as toxic!
The bottom line is–you can’t trust that any plastic doesn’t contain compounds that are toxic to your body.
Plastic is ubiquitous in our everyday lives but we should lower our dependence especially when it comes to food. Fortunately, finding alternatives to common household items is becoming increasingly easier.
While there are lunchboxes made from environmentally friendly materials such as glass, bamboo, natural fiber cloth and ceramics, stainless steel stands out for being practically indestructible.
Durability is probably one of the most highly regarded properties of stainless steel. The material is resistant to wear and tear, giving it a longer lifespan which can go into decades. Even if your lunch box falls down on hard ground, it won’t be severely damaged. What more could you ask for?
Plastic containers aren’t as inert as we would like to think. They can leach out a strange “chemical” taste that can affect the flavor and taste of our food.
Stainless steel is non-leachable which makes it safe for storing food. Unlike other metals, it does not easily corrode when exposed to certain alkaline or acidic foods.
Stainless steel even retains heat, thanks to its high thermal inertia. Hence, you can expect it to offer lasting heat and coldness to your food. Snacks or finger foods, a quality stainless steel lunch box will keep the nutrients alive for longer.
With stainless steel lunchboxes, you’ll never ingest harmful substances such as Phthalates and BPA often found in plastic lunch boxes. They are free of toxins and completely food safe.
Stainless steel is a fantastically green material because it is 100 percent recyclable. By using stainless steel lunchboxes, you’ll help divert millions of plastic from oceans and landfill every year.
A common myth about stainless steel lunch boxes is that they’re heavy. But the reality is that it is super lightweight and portable when packed with food. Need a lunchbox bug? This eco-friendly retro-inspired SoYoung Insulated Lunch Bag is perfect for kids’ school lunches while the SoYoung Lunch Poche is great for adults.
The last thing you want is to work for five hours straight in your office, and right before you are about to take the much-needed break, you realize that your plastic food container has spilled out all its contents. Luckily, stainless Steel lunch boxes are designed to be leak-proof so no jarring accidents.
Lunch Boxes which are made up of Stainless Steel are easy to clean. A mild detergent and water is all you need. Just pop them in a dishwasher and they’ll come out gleaming.
There’s plenty of variety with stainless steel lunch boxes. They are available in all shapes, sizes and looks; small, medium or big enough for two people.
Whether you're sending a kid off to school with lunch or packing your own food, these plastic-free stainless steel lunchboxes will allow you to enjoy your meals exactly how you like it.
These simple and elegant stainless steel lunchboxes can travel to school or work with ease. They latch securely, so the box will stay closed until it’s time for lunch.
Spacious enough for sandwiches, fruits, leftovers and much more.
Say goodbye to BPA containers and say hello to these sleek and minimalist bento boxes by Ever Eco. They come in different sizes and sets to provide ample room for lunch, making them versatile boxes for kids and adults alike.
The 580ml lunch box (3 compartments) is perfect for every day lunches and sandwiches, while the 1400ML Lunchbox (1 or 2 compartments) is perfect for keeping dry food fresh and separate from fruit and salad. There’s also an extra large 3 piece set for when you have a shared lunch or are headed to a family picnic!
*Proceeds from every lunchbox sale supports Agape in Action’s nutrition program which provides close to 100,000 nutrition drinks to the poorest kids on the planet every single year
It’s never too late to change your habits and make a difference. Embrace plastic-free, non-toxic alternatives by switching to Stainless Steel Lunch Boxes. Place your order today!