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Healthy Solutions for Your Child's Lunchbox

Updated on October 17, 2015
Healthy Lunchboxes
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Toxins & a Unhealthy Lunchbox

Did you know that there are many toxins in your child's lunchbox? Did you also know that most lunchboxes, plastic containers and baggies have toxins that can leach into your child's food? Some of these unsafe chemicals include Diethylhydroxylamine (DEHA), Bisphenol A (BPA) and Polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

There are many side effects associated with DEHA, BPA and PVC. In fact, scientists have connected DEHA to several types of cancer, asthma in children and liver tumors in rats. Now with BPA, there is much controversy. Some researchers link the chemical to numerous diseases such as heart disease and liver malfunction. While a few government organizations say that BPA does not pose a risk.

Poly vinyl chloride (PVC) is another toxic plastic used to package various food products. In truth, it is said to be the most toxic plastic on the market. PVC can leach very toxic chemicals into your food such as mercury, lead and various other toxins. According to The Center for Health, Environment and Justice, polyvinyl chloride is “one of the most hazardous consumer products ever created”. In their most recent article PVC: Unhealthy for Our Nation’s Children and Schools, emerging toxic plastic of of great concern.

The Center for Health, Environment and Justice further states that polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl), is used extensively in schools across the nation, threatening children’s health.

Non-toxic Bento Containers
Non-toxic Bento Containers | Source

Healthy Lunchbox Alternatives

Before throwing your head down in frustration and saying “Now what?”, there are numerous solutions to having a healthy lunchbox. Some of the alternatives include organic cotton or hemp bags that are washable and quite durable, sturdy nontoxic plastic boxes and stainless steel healthy lunchboxes.

The best place to begin, is to start over. Throw away all plastic and metal containers, including metal lunch boxes that oftentimes contain aluminum or lead. As well, get rid of plastic wrap. Many plastic wraps are made from low density polyethylene (LDPE). low density polyethylene can leach styrene, a known neurotoxin with other negative health effects. Other plastic wraps are made from polyvinylidene chloride or PVdC otherwise generally known as PVC.

For Eco friendly containers you can select from a variety of green products. The best place to search is online. However, some local groceries and health food stores may carry a small selection. Eco containers come in all shapes and sizes to fit your needs. You can find stainless steel Bento boxes, stackable BPA and PVC-free plastic containers and even healthy lunchbox sets that come with everything including organic napkins.

Eco Style
Eco Style | Source

Where to Find Healthy Lunchboxes Online

There are numerous companies that have healthy lunchboxes and Eco accessories. Some of the most popular green companies are Lunch Bots, LunchSense, KidsKonserve, PlanetBox and ECOlunchboxes. You can also find Eco lunchboxes on eBay and Amazon. There are many options to choose from including several shapes and sizes, materials and styles. Whether you are looking for something to pack your favorite snacks, drinks or full course lunch, I am sure you will find what you need. Most importantly is to get rid of all the toxic products that you have now and start with toxic-free products.

Eco Play Dough
Eco Play Dough | Source

Highly Toxic Products You Don’t Think About

I can think of quite a few products in a household that are toxic. Most of these products you wouldn’t dream of being a hazardous risk. There are common items such as shower curtains, toothpaste, your pots and pans, bedding, furniture and cleaning products that are loaded with different lethal chemicals that are very harmful to your health.

However, one of my biggest concerns is children's art supplies. Now we all know that little ones put everything into their mouth. Did you know that pretty much all commercial art supplies contain various toxins that have been known to cause side effects? Find out more: Children Need Edible Art Supplies

Resources

“Polyvinyl chloride. 18 November 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A

“Bisphenol A”Wikipedia. 16 November 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A.

“F.D.A. Makes It Official: BPA Can’t Be Used in Baby Bottles and Cups” 19 July 2012.The Take Away



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    • mecheshier profile imageAUTHOR

      mecheshier 

      4 years ago

      Hi rebelogilbert

      Thank you for you great feedback. I love your ideas.

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      Gilbert Arevalo 

      4 years ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      Manufacturing producers of lunch pails and food containers can benefit from paying attention to your careful advice. It won't hurt them to advertise the health benefits of purchasing their ECO and non-toxic green products. You listed many companies that certainly do that. I appreciate that you've made me aware of the problem.

    • mecheshier profile imageAUTHOR

      mecheshier 

      5 years ago

      CrazedNovelist

      Thank you for your great feedback. I am glad that you read the Hub first before buying..

    • CrazedNovelist profile image

      A.E. Williams 

      5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Very informative and useful writing. Thanks so much for sharing this. I most certainly didn't think of these unhealthy lunchboxes. I've been planning on buying one... glad I read this first. :) Thanks!

    • mecheshier profile imageAUTHOR

      mecheshier 

      5 years ago

      Hi moonlake

      Glad to hear that you are getting rid of plastics. They can be so toxic. As well, I do not have children at home anymore either. But I do have grandchildren. Thank you so much for the vote up! :-)

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      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      We have been getting rid of plastic containers in our home and changing over to glass. I never thought of lunch boxes but I have no children at home. Great information. Voted up.

    • mecheshier profile imageAUTHOR

      mecheshier 

      5 years ago

      Absolutely CountryCityWoman. I feel that all companies and people should be reliable for toxins that are put into our environment, food, "lunchboxes", walls, carpet, meds, the list goes on and on.

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      CountryCityWoman 

      5 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

      All so true. I am so glad you are bringing this to our attention. It disturbs me that a manufacturer can put anything on the market - where is the responsibility? In fact where are the ethics? Children are much more vulnerable to these toxins.

      Thanks so much!

    • mecheshier profile imageAUTHOR

      mecheshier 

      5 years ago

      Hi RTalloni

      Yes, indeed it is very important. Thank you for your great feedback!

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      RTalloni 

      5 years ago from the short journey

      It is important to consider the potential risks of lunchbox containers for children. Thanks for highlighting the topic!

    • mecheshier profile imageAUTHOR

      mecheshier 

      5 years ago

      Hi Bettyoverstreet10

      Thank you for your kind words. Yes, this is info that needs to be shared. I just wished I would have known when I was raising my daughter. Thanks again! Happy Hubbing to you as well!

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      Betty (Alawine) Overstreet 

      5 years ago from Vacaville, Ca.

      Very interesting-you have worked hard to research and share this extremely necessary information. We are surrounded by so many harmful items in our daily life. Happy Hubbing my friend!

    • mecheshier profile imageAUTHOR

      mecheshier 

      5 years ago

      Hi teaches12345

      Thank you! My intent is to reach as many parents as I can on this. I don't see the standards changing soon, so the more people I reach, the better.

      I am so glad that I could help. :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Good post and warning on the toxins that exist in some lunchboxes. I have a couple that I need to check!

    • mecheshier profile imageAUTHOR

      mecheshier 

      5 years ago

      :-) It might be a while though. I had 2 sites and just added a wp site today; so now I have 3. Man, talk about self inflicting. However, I will do my best. TY

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      David 

      5 years ago from Birmingham, UK

      That sounds great. I'll look forward to reading them :)

    • mecheshier profile imageAUTHOR

      mecheshier 

      5 years ago

      Hi dwelburn Thank you for your great response!

      Yes, DEHA acts as a endocrine disrupting chemical. Some studies show that it may stimulate tumor growth in types of cancer that are sensitive to hormones, such as uterine, breast and prostate cancer.

      I think that your wonderful feedback has prompted me to write a Hub on the extreme toxins in cleaning supplies. There are so many that it might be a part 1, 2 and 3.

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      David 

      5 years ago from Birmingham, UK

      Great hub. I was aware that plastics were toxic (some of the chemicals have estrogenic properties too), but did not know about the alternatives, so thanks for pointing them out.

      And as you say there's commonly lots of other toxins in the home too - especially in cleaning products but also in many personal care products too.

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