The green lunch bunch
Not plastic, fantastic
To build a real reusable lunch kit, go to Fenigo.com, an Ontario-based online store. It carries reliable brands and charges a flat $7.77 before tax for shipping. US-made SnackTAXI bags were among the items that caught our attention. Use them as you would plastic bags or wraps: the snack sac (15 centimetres by 11 centimetres, $7.97) is for items you’d normally wrap in plastic (think veggies or cookies), while the sandwich sac (19 centimetres by 15 centimetres, $8.97) fits most regular sandwiches or wraps. They’re lined with vinyl, seal with Velcro and are easy to wash. And you won’t have to give up style for the sake of utility; the site carries a huge choice of prints.
These bamboo utensils are amazing: they actually let you feel civilized eating at a desk. They’re delicate, yet strong: made of certified organic bamboo and finished with top-grade natural, food-safe oil. Of course, they’re also heat and stain resistant and don’t absorb a food’s flavour. The Out N About' Travel Set comes in a sanitary cork travel case. $17.97. fenigo.com.
What’s on your tray today?
Stainless-steel lunch trays from PlanetBox are for eaters who appreciate presentation and like variety. There are two sizes, one for puny appetites and a 30-percent larger version that holds 1.5 litres. The trays only work for dry foods, though you can also purchase dippers for slightly wet food (no liquids) and a glass dish for heating. The smaller tray alone is US$39.95, the larger is US$49.95. planetbox.com. Available in Canada as a kit with two dippers and an insulated bag at potterybarnkids.ca.
A flask full of soap
Finally a stainless-steel flask that does it all: Kleen Kanteen’s Wide Insulated works as a mug, thermos and food container. You can pack anything from coffee to minestrone to pad Thai. The insulated flask keeps food hot or cold for up to six hours, though iced drinks stay cool for about 24. Available in three sizes: 350 millilitres, 475 millilitres, 590 millilitres. $22.95-$27.95. For retailers, go to kleankanteen.com.
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