10 of the best no-waste packed lunch solutions

No-waste packed lunch solutions
You recycle cans, glass and scraps of paper religiously, but your child's daily lunch box packs the bin with a steady stream of plastic sandwich bags, clingfilm, bottles and more. Give packed lunches an eco-friendly makeover with some of these brilliant reusable lunch aids and bask in the satisfaction of no-waste lunch boxes.

Reusable Sandwich Bag

(£5.95, Keep Leaf Largie Baggie, Babipur)

A great alternative to disposable sandwich bags, the Keep Leaf Reusable Sandwich Bag is made from a 100% cotton exterior, with waterproof liner to help keep food fresh for longer, with a Velcro closure. Easy care;  hand rinse, machine washable and dishwasher safe.

Black + Blum Box Appetit

(£16.95, Amazon)

Perfect for pasta salad, this lunch bowl has a lid with a water-tight seal and a separate sauce pot for dressing (or ketchup). A fork and knife are also included. Microwave and dishwasher safe.

LunchBots Thermal Insulated Food Containers

(£37, Amazon)

Want to send your child off to school with warm soup or pasta on a chilly day? LunchBots Containers keep hot foods hot for hours and are made from food-grade stainless steel. Unlike a flask, the bowl-like shape is easy to fill (and for children to eat out of). Available in four colours. Leak-proof and virtually unbreakable. Handwash only.

Kids Konserve Food Kozy

(£8 for two, Green Tulip)

Use to wrap sandwiches, bagels and cheese slices (or whatever else your child agrees to eat at school!). The Kozie also doubles as an on-the-go placemat. Available in five colours; free of BPA, phthalates, PVC and lead. Hand wash, air dry.


(£24.95, Amazon)

Yumbox is designed to make it easy to prepare a perfectly balanced lunch. The pre-portioned tray has spaces for fruit, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy (plus a tiny treat), and the one-lid seal closure means that you don't need to wrap foods individually, the yoghurt won't leak onto the crackers. Very practical (just pop the whole thing in the dishwasher), the Yumbox fits into a standard insulated lunch bag for carrying to school.

Itzy Ritzy Snack Bag

(£10.50 for two, Amazon)

Itzy Ritzy reusable and washable bags are ideal for snacks and fruit, and the zip closure is easy for little hands to deal with. The fabric exterior is 100% cotton and comes in four different designs; the PVC-free interior lining is waterproof. Machine washable.

Personalised Water Bottle

(£15, Itsyourstory.co.uk)

A photo-personalised water bottle will never go missing at school, as well as being eco-friendly! There are fifteen different characters to choose from (monkeys, monsters, pirates, princesses and more) and two sizes (500ml, white and 600ml, silver). The aluminium comes with two lid options: a plastic flip-top lid and a screw-top lid with fob attachment.
Planet Wise Sandwich Wrap
(£5.95, Babipur)

Dispense with clingfilm, foil or plastic sandwich bags and wrap your child's sarnie in a reusable Onya Lunch.
Made from recycled plastic bottles, with a completely food-safe PEVA lining.
To clean, wipe with a cloth or handwash and air dry for a thorough clean.

Sistema Sandwich Box

(£7.99 for three, Amazon)

A compact, super-bright solution which guarantees sandwiches won't be squashed in transit. The rubber seal helps keep sandwiches fresher for longer. Lime, aqua and pink colours. BPA and lead free; dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe.

Skip-Hop Zoo Snack Bag Set

(£4.60, Amazon)

A toddler- and pre-schooler-friendly choice, the Skip-Hop Zoo Snack Bag Set comes in Owl or Puppy designs. The larger sandwich bag has a handle on the back to help little hands keep lunch steady. Top-rack dishwasher safe or hand wash inside out. Food-safe, water-resistant lining, zip closure. BPA-, PVC- and phthalate-free.