Laptop Lunches: Bento Box Lunch for Earth-Friendly Kids
I first heard about Laptop Lunches at a Weight Watchers meeting of all places. Two members were describing this bento box-like lunch system as a great way of eating a variety of foods while still maintaining calorie-friendly portions. Since then I’ve discovered a large fan base of all ages for this eco-friendly lunch system, which even has a following on Flickr.
Most easily described as American-style bento boxes, Laptop Lunches are designed to help families pack nutritious, environmentally-friendly lunches for school, work and travel. The sustainable lunch containers come with a book of healthy lunch ideas and lunchmaking recipes and are reusable, recyclable and dishwasher safe. Though made of plastic, they do not contain phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA) or lead.
We received the Laptop Lunch System which includes the bento box set, utensils, the Laptop Lunch User’s Guide book and an insulated carrying case that comes with a water bottle and a mesh pocket for an ice pack. I started packing my daughter’s lunches immediately after receiving it, even when we were staying at home. After a week I found planning her meals incredibly enjoyable and that my daughter was really looking forward to lunchtime everyday so that she could open her bento box and see what I had made for her.
I found that using the lunch system forced me to get creative and that getting more creative allowed me to introduce new foods to my daughter. The other plus was that the layout inspired my daughter to try a lot of new foods she would otherwise not be as willing to sample.
Using the lunch system also made me realize just how wasteful we are in our home. After reading on the Laptop Lunches website that a school-age child using a disposable lunch will, on average, generate 67 pounds of waste per school year I started to become really conscious of what kinds of foods I was packing. I did away with individual yogurt containers and started mixing plain yogurt with fresh fruit and granola right into the bento box (one of the larger containers has a lid for wet foods). I also did away with individual snack packs, opting instead to buy larger boxes of crackers and dry fruits and started packing these instead. Doing this not only saved me money but it also forced me into making healthier food choices (less pre-packaged food also means fewer preservatives going into your child’s body).
All in all, I am incredibly happy with this lunch system. I love looking at both the Laptop Lunch website and the Flickr group for meal inspiration. I have had so much fun with this I actually plan on buying one for my husband so that he can pack more environmentally-friendly lunches as well. The size will not be an issue for him carrying it on the subway with him. This is a fabulous product for your entire family.
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