Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a toxin found in plastics used to make water bottles, food and beverage can liners, and even baby bottles. Exposure to this toxin has been found to increase a person’s risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. According to TIME Science, BPA also mimics the hormone estrogen, which can alter development in fetuses and infants. Keeping our children safe from these dangerous toxins can be a daunting task in a world where we are surrounded by plastic. Play it safe, and send them back to school this fall with these BPA-free lunch time products.
Lunch Boxes – Obentec Laptop Lunches offers a variety of BPA-free choices in lunch boxes, including this Blue Stripe Lunch Tote 2.0. You can use it with a Bento Box insert (sold separately) or as a traditional lunch box. The exterior is made from 100 percent post consumer recycled fabric and measures 2.5″ deep, 10″ wide and 8.5″ high. It is BPA, phthalate, PVC and lead free, and wipes clean with a damp cloth. The built-in mesh pouch is designed to hold an ice pack to help keep food fresh and cool. This lunch box is also available in a daisy print, solid blue and purple. Each is priced at $19.99.
Beverage Bottles – Kleen Kanteens are a great alternative to plastic beverage bottles and come in a variety of sizes, colors and shapes. The 12 ounce Kid Size Kanteen is made of 100 percent recyclable, food-grade stainless steel that doesn’t leach metallic flavors into your drinks. It weighs only four ounces and is dishwasher-friendly. The opening is large enough to accommodate the larger, full size ice cubes, making morning prep time a breeze. Prices vary from $13.65 to $15.45 and they are available in five solid colors.
Insulated Food Jars – The Thermos Foogo stainless steel food jar keeps cold foods cold for seven hours, and hot foods hot for five hours. Its leak-proof design makes it perfect for a child’s lunch box, and its wide mouth makes it easy to eat from and clean. It also contains a drinking spout making it a convenient and clean way to serve hot beverages and soups, while remaining cool to the touch. It has a 10 ounce capacity and costs just $24.99.
Drinking Straws – Kegworks’ stainless steel drinking straws are durable and dishwasher safe. They will not rust or tarnish and are designed with the perfect bend for sipping. They are 9.5″ long, making them a good fit for most lunch boxes, and are virtually indestructible. Individual straws can be purchased for $2.25 each, or $1.50 each when your order 24 or more.
Park, Alice, “Reassessing the Dangers of BPA in Plastics,” Time.com