These Eco-Friendly Lunch Boxes Make Family Meal Planning Easy

07/10/2014 at 04:00 PM ET

As moms, we often have too much on our plates. So anything that can help us be more organized, while taking less the time, is a win win for the whole family.

That’s why we were excited to try PlanetBox, an eco-friendly lunch box that claims to make packing on-the-go meals a cinch.

Perfect for camp, the beach or any outdoor adventure, the stainless steel container (which was thoughtfully designed by real parents) comes in three different sizes. And not only does it encourage portion control, but it’s great for those people (young or old!) who can’t stand the thought of their food touching.

PlanetBox Lunch BoxesCourtesy PlanetBox

The Launch ($50 – $75) offers spacious food compartments for big appetites — perfect for Dad after a long day at the park with the kids. And always-hungry school age kids and portion-conscious moms will appreciate the Rover ($40 – $60) which features five compartments and two small dipping cups. The third and smallest box, the Shuttle ($35 – $40), is ideal for light snacks or small lunches for preschoolers with little hands.

Pack them with healthy foods, and then tuck them away in their insulated carrier bags to keep meals fresh until they’re ready to be eaten. No, really! The leak-free containers seal so tightly that it will still be fresh as a daisy the next day — we tried it!

And because the easy-to-clean compartments are the perfect size, it’s actually fun figuring out how to fill them. The company recently launched a Plan-It-Box meal planner if you’re drawing a blank after the umpteenth PB & J.

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but these are as close to a stress-free, eco-conscious and economical one as you can get.

Amy Jamieson

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megan on

Holy crud, that is way too expensive for a lunch box. I don’t care what else is included, that is just ridiculous

Kim on

I know the price seems much too high for a lunch box, but these things will last forever. I bought one for my son when he entered kindergarten. He’s used it ever day for the last 4 years and there’s not a scratch on it. (Heavy duty stainless steel) I did have to buy a new carrier bag, but I expect the actual lunch box to last for the next 20 years!

Happy on

I’m with Kim. At first I thought it was too much to spend on a lunch box. We bought my daughters 3 years ago and she’s used that same planet box every day at school since. She’ll use it again this year. No scratches on ours as well. Her best friend has purchased a new $20 lunch box every year. You do the math and the waste math.

Sam on

I have just purchased these lunch boxes and sent it right back. I paid arm and a leg for shipping cost. These box are super super heavy!! Great concept but 2 lbs for the complete set add your food plus the ice insert that’s 5+ lbs. Come on!! Kids already carry around there heavy back pack. If I have known is was going to be this heavy I would have not wasted my money. Plus once you receive your lunch boxes you will receive a little note (warning) lunch boxes do not hold liquid of any kind even from fruits. Healthy eating just went out the door.