toxic lunch boxes

phthalates. they're a nasty little chemical that is linked to serious health problems, including asthma, adhd, and diabetes and it's showing up (in staggering quantities) in lunch boxes of all kinds. oh no!

after reading this article by, i was saddened at the information. though the chemicals are tightly regulated in toys, school supplies like lunchboxes aren’t labeled as such, so there is no regulation on the levels of toxic chemicals like phthalates that they can contain.

a recent study from the center for health, environment & justice found that all the children’s lunch boxes tested contained up to 30 times the amount of toxic chemiclas deemed safe by the federal government. (and disney lunch boxes ranked amongst the worst- eep!).

here to the resuce are a plethora of handmade, beautiful lunch boxes, many of them organic!

safe (and beautiful!) lunch boxes

one: lunch bag - $47
two: don't forget me lunch bag - $20
three: eco-friendly lunch bag - $11.99
four: insulated lunch bag - $26
five: organic insulated lunch bag set - $60
six: waxed canvas lunch bag - $48
seven: screen printed snack bag - $7
eight: organic snack bags - $18

and if you're up for making one yourself, be sure to check out this tutorial!

*update! thankfully, it has been brought to my attention that oilcloth is not the safest alternative! you may want to consider choosing a different food safe (or organic) fabric, especially if you refer to the tutorial above. :)

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  • Oh that is so scary! I love these homemade/handmade ones more anyways. It’d be fun to let the little one decorate their own lunchbox! What a cool way to encourage them to embrace their own creativity.

    • hmm. thanks for bringing this up, pip! i didn’t even think about it, but after some googling it seems like oilcloth wouldn’t be the best alternative (oops!). i supposed you could follow the same tutorial with an organic fabric though. i’ll make an update to the post!

  • It is so scary to think that we just purchase these containers for our everyday us. What about tupperware, here in Australia we still have tupperware parties. I got invited to one several weeks ago. glad I didn’t go……….Thank you so much for making really think about these everyday items that we use and don’t think about what they are made from and how it impacts on our environment…Janine from Whyalla, South Australia