Grocery News: Beautiful New Lunch Boxes

[ 10 ] January 21, 2009 |

OotsBy Katy Killilea

Either of these beautiful lunch sets is sure to cause trouble at home. I never looked longingly at my son’s Batman lunch box, but these are another story. Testers, ages three to forty, tried these kits, and two important facts were gleaned: people of many ages and both genders like using them, and one set per family will not be enough because lunch is simply more fun to eat when it looks this neat. One of the sets featured here is hard, and the other’s soft. Both are excellent choices for trash-free lunch packing.

Lunch Box made by OOTS

Oots2This set is the size of a traditional hard lunch box, but it’s so much more functional, and is as worthy of admiration as a great new pair of shoes. This gorgeous design features a stretchy, Velcro-closure belt to hold everything in place, a trough in the lid to cradle a water bottle, and containers for a complete meal that stack ever-so-neatly within the lovely exterior case. Every part is dishwasher-safe and made from BPA-free and phthalate-free polypropylene, for those who are keeping tabs on that kind of thing.

$45 with 1 large and 4 small containers
$35 for the exterior case only
Available at

Waste-Free Lunch Kit made by Kids Konserve

This set is just the right shade of chartreuse to perk up a long school day–or a long day at the office. Inside the recycled cotton sack go these components: a stainless steel bottle and containers, a reusable sandwich wrapper, and a matching cloth napkin. This is all very useful stuff–the bottle, containers, and reusable wrapper easily migrate into other parts of the kitchen. They’re all extremely durable and good-looking to boot, and the containers can be purchased individually if you’re not in need of a complete lunch box overhaul.
$40 for a complete kit
$13-$25 for individual components
Available at

Kidoinfo has been covering a lot of lunch-packing territory this year. To read more, check out these other posts:

Bento Mania

Untrashy lunch box goods

More fun with lunch boxes

Category: food + recipes, grocery news

Katy Killilea

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Katy Killilea lives in Barrington with her husband, their sons (2001 + 2003), and a dog named Grover. Katy loves reading, cooking, loud pants, the Beehive in Bristol, and learning everything she can about Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. She says more about that at Bigfoot Child Have Diabetes.

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  1. calendar kate says:

    Made by OOTs is also sold at the Curatorium on Wickenden, if you want to see one in person.

  2. Maria says:

    Very cool…great form and function strikes again, and you’ve managed to find it, Katy!

  3. Completely lusting after all of them, esp. the Kids Konserve set. Want to pass on your rep’s name? I so want to review for H & W!

  4. Amy says:

    Thanks so much for this, Katy! Since Ben’s ll bean lunchbox has taken on a certain smell that I can’t seem to remove, I’ve decided I need to look for something better. This was very timely for me!

  5. Amy says:

    While checking out your great finds, I thought I’d mention another one I found – lunchBots. They are all stainless steel, even the lids. Also, to-go ware for stainless steel tiffins. So many choices!

  6. jos says:

    Katy won’t tell you but I will: put the LL Bean lunch box through the washer & dryer. It will come out better than new.

  7. Amy says:

    Okay, just one more comment! Looks like there is a place in Wakefield where you can get a lot of these containers as well as other green items. It is called The Did You Know Store. Their website says they just opened a second store in East Greenwich.

  8. calendar katy says:

    amy–let’s caravan over to The Do You Know Store!

  9. Amy says:

    Sounds like a plan, Katy! Anyone else want to join? The ride would make a great nap for Kate.

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