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August 15, 2011

Reusable Plastic-Free Lunch Containers and Bags from LunchBots, Graze Organic, & Three Little Birds

[January 2014 Update: Unfortunately, both Graze Organic and Three Little Birds have gone out of business in the past year.  I will post an updated blog on reusable cloth lunch containers and bags in the near future.]

Are you still relying on plastic baggies, bags, or containers to pack lunches for school or work? Are you concerned about the chemicals that can leach out of plastics into the foods you or your kids eat? A lot of plastic food containers are touted as BPA-free. But BPA-free does not necessarily mean safe because the chemicals used in place of BPA can have the same harmful effects. And plastics like polypropylene may contain antibacterial chemicals like Triclosan, which have been found to leach.

There are many plastic-free alternatives, and this week, three companies are offering giveaways and discounts to My Plastic-free Life readers for back to school. To enter the giveaways, leave a comment at the bottom of this post letting me know 1) which item(s) you are interested in, and 2) an idea for what to do with all the old plastic containers we have lying around after we switch to plastic-free foodware. Dumping them in the landfill is not the right answer. And most plastics can’t truly be recycled. So I’m looking for creative reuse ideas.

09/10/11 Update: The contest is over. Read below each item to find out who won.  (Each winner was chosen at random.)

LunchBots Stainless Steel Sandwich Container

I have been looking for the perfect sandwich container for years, and finally LunchBots has created one. The newLunchBots Uno with Stainless lid is more rectangular than their original container and the right size for an adult-sized sandwich. I bring it with me to my corner HellOakland coffee shop when I don’t have time to make my own sandwich for work.

LunchBots Uno Stainless sandwich container

(Note: The green spots on the sandwich are not mold, but yummy pesto!)

LunchBots Uno Stainless sandwich container

Givewaway: LunchBots will give away one LunchBot Uno stainless sandwich container.

Winner:  Sam from TheNailThatSticksUp.com.  Congratulations!

Discount: LunchBots is offering a 25% discount on all items at LunchBots.com through the end of August. Use coupon code BTS.

Note and Disclosure: LunchBots.com has a lot of cool stainless steel containers, including the original LunchBots as well as small insulated round leak-proof containers for pudding, yogurt, etc and some round thermal containers for hot food. But the stainless sandwich container shown above is not yet available at LunchBots.com. It is only being sold right now via Reusit.com or Amazon.com. And if you purchase via Reusit, My Plastic-free Life earns a small affiliate bonus!

Graze Organic Cloth Lunch Totes

If the LunchBots container is the perfect size for my sandwich, the Graze Organic tote is the perfect bag to hold my LunchBots container, water bottle, and any other items I bring for lunch. There are three styles to choose from (including robots). Made from 100% organic sturdy canvas, this is honestly the best uninsulated lunch bag I’ve tried so far. The built in handle makes it very easy to carry. And unlike a lot of other lunch bags out there made of synthetic materials, the fabric is completely plastic-free and easily washable.  (The only plastic in the bag is a tiny bit of velcro to keep it closed.  Yes, velcro is plastic.)

Graze Organic Lunch Tote

Graze Organic Lunch Tote

Giveaway: Graze Organic is giving away one complete lunch set, including your choice of lunch tote, two canvas snack/sandwich bags, and one cloth napkin.

WINNER:  Alisha Utter.  Congratulations!

Discount: Graze Organic is offering free shipping to My Plastic-free Life readers. Use coupon code PLASTICFREE.

Three Little Birds PlanetPack Sandwich/Snack Baggie

If you’d rather use a cloth baggie for your sandwich than a hard stainless steel container, Three Little Birds Design Company has created a very cute and functional U.S.-grown/manufactured organic cotton baggie in several different sizes. The bags are made from two layers of super soft yet densely woven material and contain no waterproof synthetic material. Like the Graze bags, they do contain a plastic Velcro closure.

Three Little Birds PlanetPack

While both the Graze baggies and Three Little Birds baggies are made from organic cotton, they feel completely different. Why not try both and see which one works better for you? I’d love to hear your opinion.

Giveaway: Three Little Birds is giving away a complete set of bags (Small, Medium, and Large) to two different readers of this blog.

WINNER #1: Christa.   WINNER #2: Jennifer from Not Easy to Be Green.  Congratulations!

Discount: Use coupon code GREENLUNCHES to get a 15% Discount at Checkout.

Other Reusable Lunch Options

I’ve written about lots of different reusable lunch options in the past. Check out these posts for more ideas.

Comparing Reusable Cloth Sandwich Bags

PlanetBox Stainless Steel Lunch Kit

Life Without Plastic’s Insulated Lunch Bag

Back to School Vinyl 1974. LunchBots Stainless Steel in 2010.

Kleen Kanteen’s new Reflect Plastic-Free Stainless Steel Water Bottle

This post is my contribution to the Green Moms Back to School Carnival, which will be hosted on the Mindful Momma blog on August 22.

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183 Comments on "Reusable Plastic-Free Lunch Containers and Bags from LunchBots, Graze Organic, & Three Little Birds"


Guest
10 months 27 days ago

I am searching for a way of transporting fish, meat, or fowl in my organic jute burlap and cotton canvas grocery bags without risking bacteria penetration of the material. Any suggestions? 

We store all of our bulk herbs, spices, amino acids, vitamins, and such, in containers made of lead-free glass, food-grade stainless steel lid-locking harnesses, and real real rubber gaskets.
Be wary of gaskets made of carcinogenic gaskets unmentioned as being made of the ever toxic-smelling off-gassing silicone and the faux rubber criminally-marketed by Goodyear as  “Premium Rubber”. [See http://www.amazon.com/Bormioli-Rocco-Round-Clear-4-Ounce/dp/B0001BMYGQ/ref=pd_sim_sbs_k_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=14A43YT8J3XQHBYQ8SN2 on Amazon.com, from Italy, as a truly safe container.]

[Note: the [non-]free market is suffocated with intentionally-deceitful “safe” products, which freely intoxi[N]cate all Earthly lifeforms as their diseased, weakened, entranced, drugged, dumbed, reward-and-punishment-contured, manufactured, farmed, and enabled slaves. Animals get slaughtered, ignored, de-spiritualized, domesticated, zoo’ed, sliced-an-diced, injected, blamed. We humans get ‘authoritarian persona, a ‘slow death march’ of survivalist enervation, mediative codependency, & eternal dis-ease’. The time- and ideology-tested methods make a vampiric parasitism successful. The global pyramid scheme is rationally-run (for them and their self-perpetuation) — a Stalino-Nazi-Fascist-Welfarist hybrid — by the combine of the Pharmaceutical Cartel, the Petrochemical Cartel, the Plastics Cartel, the John D.Rockefeller-founded AMA-ObamaCareless-insurance Complex, the Military-Industrial Complex, the Security-HighTech-Informational Complex, the sociopathic hierarchy-sustaining managing class, the politico-narcissistic ruling class, and the psychopathic owning class — atop the whole political-economic system — by the self-anointed ‘elite’ of the Banking Cartel… time-accumulating all alienated [self-]power, commonwealth, public domain, and social contracts into their fortified, privatized vaults… consolidating all historical (tribal, royalist, family-bloodlinist, clerical, psycho-emotional, specio-genetic, genderist, agist, anthro-sociological) and nation-state hierarchies into one rational (as in rationing and rationalizing) consolidated global virulence. Ugh!]

So, recalling my question as one dot amongst our self-depicting and self-forming presence, I would love to hear of ideas and will give followup ‘test’ reviews. Thanks much! ;-)

Guest
2 years 6 months ago

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Kenny
3 years 6 months ago

What a great ideas! My favourites are the stainless steel sandwich container and the Three Little Birds baggies! We used tupperwares for storing crafts.

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Jeff
3 years 9 months ago

I think the lunchbox would leave a good impression to my office mates. The stainless steel makes it suitable for a professional. I like the feeling that my food is safe from being crushed as well.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

so happy for all the winners. thanks again for sharing the news about these great products!

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cw
3 years 10 months ago

I love not using ziplocs!

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Cynthia Plummer
3 years 10 months ago

I am interested in the graze cloth organic lunch tote. I want to start sending my 7 year olds lunch to school because the school thinks fried cheese sticks are a healthy meal (they are using the cheese sticks as the meal not as the side dish)

I would use the old plastic containers to store small toys and to organize the kids art supplies.

And why is that sandwich green it looks moldy which isn’t the best way to promote alternate sandwich containers.

roseplummer @ gmail . com

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ashley laschon
3 years 10 months ago

I’m interested in the Three Little Birdies giveaway. You have a really cool blog! :)

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Elizabeth
3 years 10 months ago

I would like to win the LunchBot. For my current plastic items I would repurpose them in the garage to store nails, nuts and bolts my husband inherited from his father. Affectionately known as the “Memorial Nail Collection”

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Rivs
3 years 10 months ago

I’m so intrigued by the idea of going plastic-free, though I don’t think I’ll be able to do that for myself til I’m out of college at least. I’m curious though, if one is going plastic-free, what does one do for shampoo/conditioner/other hair products? 90% of the ones I’ve seen have plastic containers, including some made from recycled plastic. I experimented with non-shampoo washes and rinses for my hair, with much disaster, and I’m still trying to get my scalp back on track 4 months later. So how does one avoid all the plastic?

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emma
3 years 10 months ago

I would love to win the lunch bot.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

Ooooh, I love all these plastic free products, especially the stainless steel sandwich container.

I would love to make little science kits out of old plastic containers for kids. I study soils, so the kit could have a little glass vial for collecting soil, a small magnifying glass, some pH paper, and a tiny field notebook. I’ve actually been wanting to do this with the old pipet tip containers from my lab, but never got around to it. Obviously, this isn’t useful for most people. But, I think there might be a lot of ways to make activities for kids with old plastic containers. I bet art teachers would have a lot of great ideas!

Guest
3 years 11 months ago

All of these items are great, but I really love the Lunchbots containers. We actually stopped using plastic storage containers several years ago for food, but I love to use them to help organize items all over the house, from the office to the basement to the attic.

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Sharon Yee-Garbade
3 years 11 months ago

hi,

1) i would love to have the graze organic lunch kit.

2) since moving out of my parents’ house, i have not bought any new lunch containers (like tupperware), but from what i have collected, i try to bring to restaurants to bring my leftovers home in. i also save virtually all my plastic containers from yogurt, cottage cheese, salsa, hummus, etc. and use them again for items in my lunch that do not need microwaving. additionally, i use many of the containers in my kindergarten classroom for painting, collecting items, and most recently, sorting the items in the writing center (markers, pens, glue sticks, scissors, etc).

Guest
3 years 11 months ago

I would be honored to win & try any of the three give aways & I am smitten with the graze.

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Pat O
3 years 11 months ago

I would love the Lunchbot . My sandwich container is on its last days and I havent yet found a replacement.

Guest
3 years 11 months ago

Hello

In an effort to go green and teach my children to appreciate their environment, we are going green. I personally love the idea of stainless steeland I love the Lunchbots. Our school is very specific about the snacks the children are allowed to take ie. Only cheese, yogurt, fruits and/or veggies.

We plan to use our plastic containers in our art area. Especially since we have so many bottoms without matching tops.

Thank you for your consideration :)

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Christine
3 years 11 months ago

I would love to try the LunchBots sandwich container for my kids lunch. It also looks like it would work for the small batches of ice cream we make together.

We have repurposed our plastic containers in a variety of ways: travel pet food portions, taming my daughters’ hair accessories, garage storage of nails/screws, art and craft projects…

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Loree
3 years 11 months ago

I’d love to try the sandwich sized Lunchbots!! We have some of the other sizes & they are great!

I’ve “reused” plastic lunch containers in my kids’ sandbox!! They are great for scooping, molding & digging sand!!

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Michelle
3 years 11 months ago

I’ve been looking for some great plastic free snack bags and these look great!

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Michelle
3 years 11 months ago

Wow, I love these products. I have been researching some plastic free lunch options for my son who will be starting kindergarden this fall. I am interested mostly in the graze organics give away, because I find that a lot of stainless steel containers are a bit heavy for a 4 year old to carry. I have been switching my family to plastic free food containers (it has taken about a year). We mostly use glass jars and a few stainless steel food containers for storing foods and leftovers. My partner uses glass airtight food containers that we purchased from Life Without Plastics to bring his lunch to work. I use most of my old plastic food containers for storing homemade playdough, fingerpaints, and other craft items that I make for my kids. I find that the old plastic containers work great for our craft area because they are airtight and not breakable.

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Alyssa Lee
3 years 11 months ago

1) I love love love the look of the Lunchbots but being Korean, I already have lots of beautiful, airtight tempered glass containers I can count on to put my lunch in. So I’m going to go with the Graze Organic lunch set. I love the look of the bag and the snack bags.
2) I still use the plasticware that is in good shape and #5 for dry items, especially when packing my brother’s lunch since they’re light and unbreakable. However, for the scratched up ones or ones I never use, I use to Organize Organize Organize. Just yesterday, I took all my old plastic “bento” sets with the dividers and used it to organize all my little hardware knicknacks such as nails and screws of different sizes. I also use one of the smaller ones to hold a pack of cards in my backpack since they keep the cards in good shape. And I use some of the thin, longer ones to hold my utensils on the go, that way they don’t get dirty in my bag. I used to wrap them in a napkin but my napkin got so dirty that it just became another thing to wash! I also use a bunch of the small ones to organize my brother’s play things. Lastly, I cut up old magazines and cereal boxes for crafts and I use the clear ones to sort these pieces by color so when I make a mosaic on a card for a friend, the blue is easy to find!

Thanks for this giveaway and all your hard work!!

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Sarah
3 years 11 months ago

I really like the Three Little Birds baggies! We used tupperwares for storing foods..

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Elizabeth
3 years 11 months ago

Those 3 Little Birds baggies are adorable, and will come in so handy when packing the hubby’s lunches! It’s easier to deal with the cloth bags than the hard stainless containers (though those are great too).
I wish I had a really creative idea for the old plastic containers…right now ours are used to hold rice, beans, grains, etc. I also donated a bunch of the newer-looking ones to the local second-hand store that does a lot of good in our community!

Guest
3 years 11 months ago

Since you posted this, I investigated on cloth sandwich/snack bags, and I have to say I am very shocked to see how many are lined with synthetic/plastic/vinyl material. :( Sure, it is convenient to be waterproof and leak proof but how can people claim these are “green” alternatives :( The ones you listed are 100% natural, thank you.

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Betsy
3 years 11 months ago

I love the Lunch Bots! And for our old plastic containers, we have used them to sort out odds and ends in our junk drawers. Also, we use the bigger containers for crafts and paints.

Guest
3 years 11 months ago

I’d love to benefit from one of these awesome giveaways. We’re always wanting to try new environmentally conscious products. Thanks!
suzgregtayATgmailDOTcom

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Monica
3 years 11 months ago

1) These are great alternatives. My oldest DD has claimed my handmade lunch sack and my youngest DD said she’d just use a plastic grocery bag. I don’t think so. :) I’m partial to the Lunch Bot and lunch totes.
2) I try to reuse the plastic containers in our junk drawer to contain things from rolling around or getting all jumbled up.

Guest
3 years 11 months ago

WOW Lots of responses…I didn’t read them all but I didn’t see many people suggesting that plastic containers be donated.

Our local schools, preschools, day cares, art centers, animal shelters, garden centers, farm stands and co-ops all love receiving plastic containers for various uses.

Using them around the house is great but if you have more than you need share with others in your community :)

The Lunchbot containers look great! Wouldn’t metal snaps or buttons be a plastic free way to seal bags? Why velcro? :(

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Heather
3 years 11 months ago

Storing toys, and hair accessories. I have two young girls.

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domestic diva
3 years 11 months ago

I love all 3! The lunch tote is gorgeous. My little guy, who dislikes crushed food, would flip over the sandwich box. And we can always use a couple more cloth pouches (ours seem to disappear periodically).

If I had to choose one, probably the tote/lunch set.

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chicknlil
3 years 11 months ago

I would love to have the stainless lunch bot container. It wouldn’t crush under the reused peanut butter jars that we pack into the lunch box! I currently carry a tote that I made out of reclaimed curtains but my s.o. uses a insulated cooler because he works outside with no access to refrigeration.

I would use our old container for a scoop for chicken feed, for our free rangers. I would use the lid to patch a knot hole in the barn siding.

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Karen
3 years 11 months ago

I would love to try the birdie bags! My little girl and I use waxed paper bags for sandwiches and snacks, but they don’t hold up as well as these guys will – and NO TRASH!! Love it! Thanks Beth!

Guest
3 years 11 months ago

I would love the sandwich/snack baggies. We haven’t been buying any disposable plastic baggies for a while but I need something to pack snacks for my sons school lunch. I gave away all of our lock and locks etc… but kept my Rubbermaids. I would sell them to friends if I didn’t need them anymore. Mostly I use Mason jars to store things.

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Pam
3 years 11 months ago

I would love the sandwich container. As for the plastic – I use them all for household storage now.

Guest
3 years 11 months ago

I would love any of these items, but I’m really interested in the sandwich container.

For old plastic containers, I use them for organization and arts and crafts projects.

Guest
3 years 11 months ago

thanks for the giveaway, any of these products would tickle me. as for the plastic ware I no longer use, well, the grandgirls now use it for water playtime! they love pouring the water back and forth into the different sized containers.

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Katherine
3 years 11 months ago

I’m easy – I really like both giveaways & wouldn’t mind winning either.

I’d craigslist the plastic containers if it were me, though I read a pp comment about donating them to animal shelters & think that would be great too. Or you could see if a homeless shelter or battered women’s shelter could use them for something.

Thanks for the opportunity!

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ikkinlala
3 years 11 months ago

May Canadians enter? I’m interested in any of the items, but especially the Lunchbots container. I use my old plastic containers for storing things like craft supplies that I don’t plan to consume – I know that’s not an especially creative use, but it’s practical.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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Lisa
3 years 11 months ago

I have really been thinking about how to pack a “green” lunch for my son as the new school year approaches. I love the ideas and products that you talked about. I would love to try them!

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JGarcia
3 years 11 months ago

I really like the Graze lunch tote! I just moved to Boston and have not had much luck in finding stores that will let me tare my own glass bulk containers so I am going to use old tupperware as the lighter go-between option :)

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Jane
3 years 11 months ago

I am pining after that LunchBot Uno stainless sandwich container!!

I don’t have any brilliant ideas for what to do with existing plastic tupperwares, and that’s really the point, we shouldn’t have things that can’t fully degrade or be recycled :( I reuse them as non-food containers once they get questionably scratched or worn, and then as kid toys until they are beyond use. Then, those with recycling numbers go in the bin.

Guest
3 years 11 months ago

I love the snack baggies and the metal sandwich container. I pack lunch every day, and those are fantastic ways to rid myself of plastic.

For old uses…

The thin, Zip-loc types I’d turn into hanging planters for my back porch. Punching holes in the bottom for drainage and suspending them from hooks, or using the lids as a water overflow catcher.

The heavier ones would store office supplies, all my copious craft supplies, especially thread and the like, and probably store my beauty stuff so it doesn’t take over the bathroom. I could also fill them with water and use them as re-freezable cooling packs for my lunches or for first aid.

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Ms. Adventuress
3 years 11 months ago

Update:

I would tightly ((weave)) together all of the plastic, to create funky/artsy rain shelters for the homeless (which could be staked, strung or wrapped). This would be a non-toxic assembly method–as non-toxic as you can get, anyway, with plastic.

((And)) this would bring attenton (as people see these beautiful works of art) to two important causes: The need to stop homelessness and the need to stop the plastic.

Plus…I don’t know what i was thinking…I do not need any new containers. I have a lovely tin already in use and many lovely mason jars that I love. I look forward to seeing who wins these goodies, though!

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Ang!
3 years 11 months ago

1. I have been longing for reusable sandwich and snack baggies for a while now, which is why I would love to have the Three Little Birds set. I’d really like to see how they are made, and eventually make my own to add to the set. We pack four lunches a day and it adds up to a lot of bags.

2. We have biodegradable baggies now, which I wash and reuse. When they are no longer able to hold up they’ll go in the compost bin. The other plastic containers get new life in two ways around here. Some are freezer storage for leftovers until the lids crack. Then they repurposed for garden use, either for storing seeds we collect or for depositing transplants until they get to a new home.

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Emily
3 years 11 months ago

pack your freezer full of old tupperware filled with water to increase efficency!

I’d love the three birds baggies for home made lunches.

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Natalia
3 years 11 months ago

I love the little birds sandwich bags!

When I did away with our plastic food containers took them in to the studio to use for storing letterpress bits and bobs and tools – probably not that useful for you! But I find they are helpful in the garage for storing stuff, especially as you don’t have to be so worried about the chemicals leaching into what they hold if it is nails and nuts.

Guest
3 years 11 months ago

Oh I would LOVE the Graze cloth lunchkit! Right now I walk to work and everything I put my lunch in (including glass and stainless steel) go in my over the shoulder work bag. It’s SO Heavy! Also, my husband is going back to university in the fall and I’ve been wondering about lunch options for him (hah, although I’m sure it hasn’t crossed his mind).

What I would do with the plastic containers we still have lying around? I was thinking of making little bird feeders out of some of the old yogurt containers I had kept for lunches. We have been collecting bacon fat (yep, i know-gross! But it can’t go down the drain! and better in a tin than in our bodies) in an old cashew’s container and I was considering mixing in some birdfeed to make form for the yogurt containers- cut a few square holes around the sides and there ya have it! City bird feeder. :)

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Melodie
3 years 11 months ago

I love the lunch bots sandwich box. I use glass containers for soups and leftovers, but I’m still stuck with plastic for sandwiches.

I have an old plastic jug that I use when washing dishes. I collect the water when I first turn on the tap and am waiting for it to warm up. Then I have water for my houseplants.

Guest
3 years 11 months ago

I’d be happy with any of them (although the steel one is probably my favorite). What I’ve done with old plastic containers is a) send them to be recycled (downcycled) at my town recycling facility or b) used them to contain other things in the house (business cards, paperclips, etc.) that won’t suffer as much from being kept in plastic.

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Mistie Charles
3 years 11 months ago

I love the LunchBots stainless steel sandwich container.

We repurposed our plastic food containers for various uses. We use one to hold crayons, several to organize things under the bathroom sink, and another holds the dryer balls in the laundry room.

Guest
3 years 11 months ago

I love the cloth bags. I think cloth bags are so nice-looking and they’re easily stored because they can be folded, which is huge for me!

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Casey V
3 years 11 months ago

I love them all! My husband and I are having so much fun with trying to eliminate plastic. It has really caused us to be creative and to make a lot of things at home. We have started making our own ketchup, peanut butter, and even tortillas! We just fill up old containers with our very own healthy versions! We try to buy products without plastic, live without, or make it at home. Your blog has been so helpful with ideas we had net tried. Thanks and keep up the awesome effort.

Guest
3 years 11 months ago

awesome…your giveaways are the most desirable ones for me

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Kathleen Sullivan
3 years 11 months ago

I like the stainless steel box. I have a similar one (3 sizes actually) that I bring to restaurants to use as my own “doggy bag”

While I don’t have many old plastic containers left, I do keep a large one for transporting things like cookies to pot lucks. I also held onto a stash I use to freeze my homemade veggie stock I make 2-3 times a year.

I have also used them to contain things like batteries and extra home office supplies (paper clips, tape…)

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Margo
3 years 11 months ago

1. Lunchbots sandwich container looks awesome! That would be great to add to my small collection of to-go containers for work.

2. Old plastic containers are used to package small items going to the thrift store, emergency supplies (first aid type) storage in my daughter’s car, and to store odd craft-type items for trade and re-sale (bottle caps, scrabble tiles, game pieces, gaskets and washers, etc.).

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Cynthia in Denver
3 years 11 months ago

OH WOW! How great and generous!

–I LOVE THE SNACK BAGGIES!!! We switched to pyrex glass storage a few years back. Yes, the lids are #5, I know, but at least my food is not in constant contact with plastic and we save money because our food doesn’t spoil. I would love to find the antique glass bowls with glass covers to use.

— Plastic containers. Hm.??? Store your garden’s seeds in them with a silica pack to keep the seeds mold free. Make your own play-doh and store in the plastic. If they are large enough, store your canning lids/rings inside of them and stay organized.

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Natalie A
3 years 11 months ago

These are awesome! I’ve been trying to find plastic free alternatives for lunch. These are perfect. Particularly love the stainless steel.

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Ashley C
3 years 11 months ago

I’d love to try the stainless steel sandwich container. I’d like to phase out my plastic food storage items and keep small recyclable items in them.

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Marinak
3 years 11 months ago

I like all of them, but want to try the Lunchbots sandwich container for now.
I’m just beginning to switch from plastics, and its hard because as a graduate student I don’t have too much money! So I still have some but am trying to phase them out. I did give some to a artist friend of mine who uses them for her artwork–both for storing material and as part of her work.

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Sharon
3 years 11 months ago

Beth, I would love to win the Graze Organic complete lunch set! :)

As for my old plastic containers, I have been moving them from the kitchen (storing foods) to the drawers and closets. Cereal sized ones can be used to group beauty products together and smaller one make customizable drawer organizers! My daughter also loves to play with the small ones. She fills them with beads, and uses them as tables and beds in her little doll house worlds.

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Amy R
3 years 11 months ago

I would love to try the LunchBots.

We are trying to phase out plastic, but still use them to store kids’ toys and art supplies.

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yuki
3 years 11 months ago

Hi!

Thanks for the amazing ideas!

1. I love the Lunchbots Container.

2. Personally, I still use my plastic containers because I’m poor and because I don’t want to trash them. I mean I still use them for their first purpose: food. I just don’t put them in the microwave or put hot food in it. For not-food-purpose, I use one to put my dirty menstrual pads before dumping them in the wash. I use some for sewing supply like buttons, I use one for old batteries, I use some for homemade art supply like play dough. Another use I can think is to let your kids play with it, I know I played a lot with my parents’ when I was a kid.

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Lauren
3 years 11 months ago

Hello, love your blog! I love all three items but am mostly interested in the stainless steel lunchbox. That thing seems like it could last forever and fits the size of a sandwich perfectly.
As for your old plastic containers, I like to use mine as organizational containers for nonfood items. I have a large one that I keep socks in and smaller ones hold little things like thumbtacks and paperclips. Cup and bowl-like plasticware can be used as a scoop for things like dog food and bird seed.

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vermontmommy
3 years 11 months ago

I would love the Three Little Bird bags. My second choice would be the Lunchbots.

Over the past few years I have been weeding out my plastic containers. In an attempt to have less all around I have not used them myself but have donated them to my children’s schools. They have used them in art class to hold part supplies and in their classrooms.

An inexpensive way to be change out your plastic containers is to use mason jars. I do not send them to school but I do take them on picnics, to the pool and use them to hold food in the pantry, fridge and freezer. I only wish I had thought to do this before I bought all the fancy plastic containers. Oh, the money I would have saved.

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adrianne
3 years 11 months ago

I really like the cloth sandwich bags. These would be great alternates for my daughter’s lunch! :)

I would use all the old plastics to get things organized at home. With little girls in the house we have long of hair accessories that need organizing. My husband’s small motorcycle pieces need a home! :0)

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Ms. Adventuress
3 years 11 months ago

Ironically, I just posted a plastic-free issue on my blog, noting your blog and encouraging others to take a stand with every product they purchase. It’s not easy, getting away from plastic, but the more we DO IT, and the more we REQUEST IT, the better off we all are. Every baby step counts, but some should be bigger. I’m definintely working on this myself.

I’m digging that sandwich tin. LOVE it.

As for old plastic: Stitch (somehow seal?) it all together to make rain shelters for the homeless. They could look cool and artsy, like the EMP (Experience Music Project building) architecture.

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Amy
3 years 11 months ago

I’ve been slowly trying to acquire a few new non-plastic bag items to use for my daughters lunch — it hasn’t been easy to find the right things for the types of food I pack for her. But I would love the lunch tote for myself as I am beginning to return to work and need my own cool stuff for carrying my lunch!

As for what to do with the old plastic — I have sometimes found uses for old containers around the house, like for organizing things in drawers, or my husband uses some for bits and pieces of things in the garage. Also, my daughter adopts some for making “soup” out of various leaves and flowers in the backyard!

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3 years 11 months ago

As a teacher and also a mom to two kids it was my goal to go plastic-less by this school year. I go back on Friday, my kids have a little longer, so the Three Little Birds baggies would be exactly what we still need. My 3-year-old starts preschool and has a froggie lunch bag. How cute would those Three Little Birds bags look inside?

Love your blog, by the way.

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kristy
3 years 11 months ago

Would love a ss sandwich container!

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3 years 11 months ago

I’d love to try the stainless steel container. We don’t use plastic baggies at my house anymore, but still have plastic containers that we use on occasion for beach outings, etc. Many of my plastic containers have been switched over to non-food storage — organizing in the garage, small toys, etc.

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amanda
3 years 11 months ago

I love the Three Little Birds baggies!

We use our old plastic containers to contain all our non-food items. We’ve used them for everything from crayons to matchbox cars to office supplies to make-up. This list is endless!!

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Margaret
3 years 11 months ago

I like the sandwich lunchbot!

Like most, I use some for craft storage, specifically mixing acrylic paints into custom colors.

The main thing I do, though, is give them to people who aren’t convinced of the health concerns. For example, a couple years ago when I wanted to buy a bunch of pyrex containers, a friend was just setting up in an apartment after having only rented rooms, so needed everything kitchen-related, and she got all of my food tupperware containers. Even though that’s just passing on a potential health hazard, she doesn’t believe it is (or at least not a significant hazard), and would otherwise be buying brand new plastic containers, so it is getting the health concern out of my kitchen while preventing the production of new plastic, since she’d be acquiring those plastic containers regardless of getting them used from me or buying them new.

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Kate Hamilton
3 years 11 months ago

I really like the Lunch Bot. I make Bento style lunches for my kids but have been using plastic Bento boxes- I would love to get away from that.
We use our plastic containers for art supplies, little toys, garage items, water/food dishes for the neighborhood ducks :)

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Shared
3 years 11 months ago

I would love to try the lunchbots! I think the duo would be perfect for my sons lunch… I’m familiar also with the Graze organics and would love to try their “food groups” bags to help my kids understand healthy eating habits… I LOVE the robot lunch bag (I have 2 boys)…

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3 years 11 months ago

i just purchased some lunchbots and can’t wait for the school year to start so my 3 little ones can give them a try! i would love to win some cool stuff – thanks! and if anyone has a good pattern for making reusable snack bags, i would love to try and make my own.

as for the old plastic… why not use them in the garage to sort the hubby’s tools, etc!?!?

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Amy
3 years 11 months ago

I’d love to get my family more familiar with reusable containers, and less comfortable with plastic bags and cheap plastic containers…

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3 years 11 months ago

I’m interested in the Lunchbot box and the Three Little Birds baggies!

I use plastic containers to store random arts and crafts supplies and small stationery items too. I use them to organize buttons, safety pins, paper clips, etc.

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Jessie
3 years 11 months ago

They all look great, but I think I would go with the Graze Organic Cloth Lunch Totes since they come with sandwich bags and I already have metal lunch containers.

As for the plastic containers, I think they would be great for organizing small toys and art supplies. They are mostly unbreakable, easily washable, and some of them even stack well to put on shelves in a kid’s (or adult’s) closet. They are also great for small items in the garage like nuts and bolts.

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serena
3 years 11 months ago

I love all 3 giveaway items!!! I am not sure what to do with our old plastic containers either. I guess re-purpose them in our lives? For storing crayons, small toys, craft stuff, putting under plants to catch water – mmmm… I think that’s about all the things I can think to do with them.

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Deb Moulton
3 years 11 months ago

I would love the stainless steel sandwich box! I have not brought sandwich-like stuff to school in a long time because I only bring glass jars with soup, fruit, or veggie stuff. I haven’t found a good plastic-free alternative that a nice sandwich will fit into and survive the day to still be edible.

Plastic containers are best for storage of non-food items like craft supplies, nuts and bolts, screws, and games. I also use old large plastic jugs as containers for my chickens’ water.

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Raquel Gutierrez
3 years 11 months ago

I love the Graze organic lunch set, Instead of bringing my lunch in a plastic bag!! I’ll reuse plastic bag as a cap on my head when i dye my hair lol! & my plastic container i’ll use to plant fresh mint!!

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Mary Chris DeBelina Doyle
3 years 11 months ago

I am interested in the Graze Organic lunch set. I am super happy using my new LunchBots containers for all my 2yo daughter’s food and now I just need a way to carry it and the cloth snack bags seem like a great way to stop using the ziplocks I keep washing and reusing and washing and reusing!

As for old plastic containers. I am using them for art supplies, mixing paint for projects, my daughter squirrels them away in her play kitchen. Also, there is an artist in Philly that does found object art….I wonder what kind of beautiful piece of art you can make out of plastic containers….I’m pretty sure it would stand the test of time… ;o)

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Mandi Mella
3 years 11 months ago

I would love to win this! My son is starting school this year, and such a picky eater… He would love this.. his very own LUNCH tote! I am lookiing for new ways to get him to eat healthier… this would so work!!!
I love that its organic….& also reusable!

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Rachel
3 years 11 months ago

Which item? Tough call. I think I would go for the Lunchbots SS containers. Very chic.

As for the leftover plastics, when trying to organize my daughter’s toys sometimes those small containers are just right. Also good for small flowering plants or houseplants.

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Sara E
3 years 11 months ago

I would love the Graze Organic lunch set! I am a teacher, and I made a vow years ago to never eat the school lunch. Recently, I’ve been in search of a good lunchbag tote and haven’t found anything that suits my needs! I would love to try out a plastic-free solution.
We have been cycling our plastic cartons into small-stuff storage in the garage, since throwing them away creates an entirely different problem.

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Sam
3 years 11 months ago

The metal bento boxes, for sure! So cute!

I still use my plastic tupperware as I gradually find new alternatives – no reason to throw it away immediately. Recycling is a good option after that, but your’e right, we need something less harmful. I would say some sort of industrial facility that is sealed off where the plastic can be used as some type of insulation (either melted down or smashed) or holding material for noxious stuffs or chemicals. I’m thinking something research related where whatever is given off would be monitored, at the very least.

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LB
3 years 11 months ago

Lunchbots boxes make so much sense! Reusable and un-smooshable. Plastic baggies or plastic wrap around sandwiches allows them to get smooshed by books or whatever else is in the bag with them..

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KarinSDCA
3 years 11 months ago

(I changed my username from Sunnysandiegan.)

1) I love all three items!!! The reusable baggies would get a lot of use since we gave up using plastic baggies a couple years ago and are still struggling with certain items.

2) Our children’s museum just sent an email asking for donated plastic items for a new exhibit coming in mid-October. It is entitled “Trash”…how cool is that??? We only have a couple plastic food storage items floating around at this point. We mostly use glass at home and stainless steel out of the house.

Thanks for the offers!!!!

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Jamie Brown
3 years 11 months ago

I love the sandwich container! Last year my son and I practiced with regular old bottled water bottles since he has a habit of forgetting them or accidentally throwing them away. The last few months of school he brought the bottle home every day. So this year I’m going to make a purchase on some good re-usable BPA water bottles for him. I wanted to do it sooner but I had to get him in he habit of bringing them home, those bottles can be very expensive! A sandwich tin would go great with his new water bottle!

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Chloe
3 years 11 months ago

1. sandwich/snack baggie

I would use my old plastic tupperware for organizing my desk supplies and using them as pots to grow flowers in (non edible plants).

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Lindsay
3 years 11 months ago

I love the new lunch bots! Especially since it looks like I wouldn’t have to smush my sandwich into it! My long term plan is to use our old plastic containers as starter pots for my dream organic garden (now that we finally have space!!!). Thanks!

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3 years 11 months ago

I love that lunch tote!

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jan
3 years 11 months ago

The lunch bots would be perfect for co-op days! jan

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Chandra
3 years 11 months ago

I have been eyeing those lunchbots for months.

Aside from storage for craft suppies, I use them in the garden. With holes to start seeds, with one hole in the bottom screwed to my garden post for a twine holder, I cut them into strips and make plant markers out of them. I also have a big one with holes in it screwed to a post by my clothesline to keep my clothes pins in, that way the water drains right out.

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Sarah S
3 years 11 months ago

Wow, lots of comments!

I would like the stainless sandwich container.

I give my old tupperwares to my husband for corralling his endless screw/nail/random hardware bits collection.

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Linda B.
3 years 11 months ago

I like the Graze Organic lunch set – with the napkin! But, the sandwich box is my favorite because I don’t have any stainless boxes yet, just pyrex, which doesn’t travel as lightly.

Using the old plastic for seed starters is one thought – the lid holds in the moisture until the sprout has enough leaves. It’s scary how long the plastic stuff lasts and really disheartening to see how much of our food, even produce, is packaged in plastic that’s so sturdy it’s reusable. All the more reason to grow produce at home.

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3 years 11 months ago

I love the lunchbots! As for the old containers, they’re still okay for non food items like clothespins or cloth or what have you. Or they can be taken to Goodwill.

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MJ
3 years 11 months ago

I would love to win either!

Plastic containers are awesome for art supplies! And if you don’t have the need for that many art supplies – check with teachers heading back to school, they will gladly take them! We just gave a bunch to the school where my mom works and they were practically fighting over them! :)

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3 years 11 months ago

For plastic containers, we reuse them as long as possible (not for hot food, but for storing food), then, once they are no longer able to use for food, I drill holes in them and use them as small planters. Like other posters, I use them somewhat for our son’s supplies- like playdough, which needs to be kept in an airtight container. We’ve been switching to pyrex for a long time, but the switch is not yet complete. It takes years!

I really like the LunchBots container and the Three little birds bag =)

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Vanessa
3 years 11 months ago

Hi Beth! I’m from Canada so I don’t know if I’ll be able to enter the contest… I read your blog every week! It’s so inspiring! I’m more aware then ever of my plastic consumption and I would like to go plastic free in a near future! It’s harder now since I’m still living with my parents but I’m leaving home to university this year and I want to use less plastic.

I work for the landfill commission where I live so I know there’s still too much plastic going there. I wish everyone did like you, using plasticfree products. Maybe one day they will understand the impact of their actions and go plastic free. Hopefully!

I like all three of the products! But I think I’d like the “three little birds” bags! I usually use my plastic containers to store non-food products such as craft products and jewels. I prefer using glass containers for my food.

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Erica
3 years 11 months ago

Oh, I’d love the Graze bags! My son’s (yes, plastic) lunch bag just ripped and I’ve been looking at the non-plastic alternatives. The robot bag on their website would be perfect.

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3 years 11 months ago

I am just starting on the journey, just started my own “no plastic” blog in german! I love the stainless steel containers, looking for some for my kids at the moment. They have cute bento style ones – all plastic! That has to change!
The bags are very nice, too, esp after my reading about the harmful effects of PUL and how it is not food safe, so it is quite nice to see a food bag totally PUL free!

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rbn
3 years 11 months ago

Either the sandwich baggies or the lunch tote/baggie combo would be lovely. I am slowly converting to glassware in my lunch, but it’s an ongoing process…

Many of my ideas about plastic containers have already been shared. One thing we used old yogurt containers for (especially the quart size) is labeling plant starts. We cut off the rim, cut the container into vertical strips, make a point on the bottom, and then put them with your starts in the greenhouse. Sturdy and water resistant!

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Elizabeth B
3 years 11 months ago

Ooh, I’d love either the LunchBots container or the Graze bag. As for uses for old plastic containers, I’d probably use them for storage of small items, like craft supplies or hardware. Thanks for the giveaway, Beth!

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3 years 11 months ago

I would love the LunchBots Container. This would be the perfect size for my 10 yo son.
As many have wrote we now use our plastic container for storing craft, small toys and also as drawer organizer (great in a girl bathroom to store clips, pins, ponytailers, barrettes, headbands, scrunchies..). My 8 yo daughter also stores her beads in many of these. She also use empty pill bottles (now we buy in glass as much as possible). My son uses them in the backyard in his vegetable patch as little greenhouses. When he transplants a young seedling, he puts a plastic container on top of it, hold by a rock to help the seedling grow and protect it from being eaten by animals.
I use flat lids as coasters underneath my oil bottles in my kitchen cupboards. Very convenient to keep the shelf clean of any oil. If you still buy your yogurt in plastic, these lids also work very well.
What is really scary is that I have not bought any plastic containers and have been reusing the ones I already have for years and they are still in excellent condition. Talk about indestructible! Once plastic is created it will stays in the landfill for such a long time. :(

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3 years 11 months ago

Love all these options – they would all be great alternatives to what I use now, which is either plastic or sometimes glass (but that’s so heavy).

My alternative would be for sorting and storing lots of little non-food items like buttons and craft supplies.

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Sara Jennings
3 years 11 months ago

I had a couple of glass lunch containers that were good for sandwiches a while ago that had plastic lids – over several years of use last year I lost one and the other I managed to break. I don’t want to buy the same ones because of the plastic, but I have been looking for a replacement and have had a hard time finding ones that are suitable for a sandwich. There seem to be a lot of plastic free options in rectangular and round shapes, which I already have. I have also wanted to try some of the cloth sandwich bags. Thanks for sharing.

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Staci
3 years 11 months ago

Hi Beth-
Long time reader- your blog has change my (and family) life.

I would love the canvas lunch set for my son’s first grade lunch!!

Don’t have many plastic containers, but some we use:

-for our chicken food, water, scraps
-mud/sand/water play
– water catchers for underneath potted plants
-water rinse dish for painting

Thank you!

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Tina
3 years 11 months ago

With 7 kids, who need 7 school lunches a day, the planetpack reusable baggies are like a dream come true for this family!

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Laura Brinkman
3 years 11 months ago

Have been saving up for some Lunch Bots for the kids, so getting them in a give-away would mean be great. My old plastic heads first to the craft room to keep beads and small things in order, then out to the sandbox.