I've been a fan of the Laptop Lunches bento-ware lunch box ever since a friend introduced me Jennifer McCann's blog, The Vegan Lunch Box, approximately 2 years ago. After perusing Ms. McCann's recipes and insanely creative ideas for her son's lunches, like the one pictured here (and after Evan's Spider-Man lunchbox broke), I bought her book and ordered my kids each a bento box set from the kind folks at Laptop Lunches.
Their philosophy is simple, "to create fun, practical food containers and user guides that promote better nutrition and waste reduction." Laptop Lunches are American-style bento boxes (Japanese lunch boxes) designed to help families pack nutritious, environment-friendly lunches for school, work, and travel. Their sustainable lunch containers--which come with a book of healthy lunch ideas and lunch-making recipes--are reusable, recyclable, and dishwasher safe. The lunch boxes do not contain phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), or lead. The containers and carrying cases come in a variety of colors, Evan has the "primary" set with the blue carrying case and Flynn has the pink set and a purple carrying case. The lunch box comes with a water bottle and a fork and spoon set. When Flynn got hers she kept carrying it around (even though there was nothing in it) and poured over the aforementioned book, calling it her "cook book". I use the Laptop Lunches bento-ware not only for school lunches; my kids pack them full of snacks to take to the park or pool or on long car rides. No more plastic baggies! The containers hold plenty of portion-controlled food for a kid or an adult and are easy to clean. During the school year, Evan takes a cold lunch 4 out of 5 days of the week and his Laptop Lunchbox has held up extremely well. When the outer carrying case gets dirty, I pop it in the washer on the delicate cycle and air dry it. These babies are meant to last, not like the vinyl character lunch boxes you can buy just about everywhere (went through 2 of those during kindergarten, not to mention lots of ziplocs).
I've been contemplating getting a Laptop Lunchbox for myself because I just love them (I'm contemplating the "whimsical" set) and Nancy over at Obentec (the Laptop Lunches people) sweetened the deal by offering 10% off to me or anybody else who places an order and uses the code misc.
So do yourself and the world a favor and get yourself a Laptop Lunchbox.