The first rule about shopping for waste-free back-to-school lunch kits is that you're really not going to find some magically, all-inclusive lunch kit. You'll have to compromise because zero companies are making lunch kits that come with everything you need - lunch bag, napkins, a water bottle, containers, flatware and ice packs. However, some lunch kits come close to perfection, missing just a few vital items. Keep reading to see the best of the best reusable lunch kits along with what you'll need to add to said lunch kits to make them work all year long.
#1 Choice: Reusable Waste Free Lunch Kits
Go Green In Stages offers as close to all-inclusive as you’re gonna get with a kid’s lunch kit. They offer some amazing choices and lunch kits in all sizes for all appetites too. These options are totally custom, meaning, you can mix and match to suit your child’s needs. Best of all, unlike most reusable lunch kits, these come with a super awesome reusable beverage bottle by Klean Kanteen. Most lunch kits come without a bottle or with a too small and/or lame flimsy plastic bottle.
What’s missing: Napkins, flatware and ice packs.
PlanetBox is what my son is currently using and it’s a great lunch box, but a bit small. However, PlanetBox recently got cooler as now they offer two systems specially tailored for different appetites and different kids. The PlanetBox Rover is designed for those who prefer to eat a wide variety of foods in smaller serving sizes. The PlanetBox Launch is intended for those with bigger appetites who want larger serving sizes – finally a box that fits a real sandwich!
What’s missing: Napkins, flatware, ice packs and beverage bottle.
Kids and parents LOVE Laptop lunches gear because it comes in a wide variety of designs and custom options are available. Each Laptop lunch kit offers removable inner containers that can accommodate a variety of food sizes and that are a snap to wash. The convenient size fits in backpacks and most lunchboxes and the containers are microwave/dishwasher safe. Some Laptop lunch kits come with flatware and a water bottle, but I’d skip the water bottle. The bottles are very small and plastic. You’re better off with a stainless steel bottle.
What’s missing: Napkins, ice packs and a good beverage bottle.
Kids Konserve makes one of the closer to all-inclusive lunch kits around and makes going waste-free a lot easier. Lunch kits include a recycled cotton sack, cloth napkin, food-grade stainless steel beverage bottle, food kozy, two 8-ounce food-grade leak-proof stainless steel containers and a recycled aluminum name tag. Everything is free of BPA, phthalates, PVC and lead.
What’s missing: Extra napkins, ice packs, flatware and the water bottles are too small for some kids. You may also need extra containers for food.
Lunchville offers a Cup of Soup Lunch Kit and a Sandwich Lovers Kit and both are decent starter kits, but you’ll need to add to them. These come with cool eco-lunch supplies like a Foogo Thermos Jar to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold, SnackTAXI Snack Sack to hold a generous serving of chips, crackers, cereal, dry fruit, a small sandwich, or other nibbles and a nice Lunchville bag made of 100% natural cotton with absolutely no hazardous chemicals.
What’s missing: Napkins, flatware, ice packs, extra food containers and a beverage bottle.
OOTS! deluxe lunch kit comes with helpful gear to pack a healthy lunch, including four small containers and one large container that fit neatly inside the colorful deluxe box. These are BPA-free and phthalate-free and components are dishwasher safe.
What’s missing: Napkins, ice packs, flatware and a beverage bottle.