Best Stylish and Reusable Adult Lunch Boxes of 2020 | London Evening Standard
The extremely damaging effect that single-use plastics have on the planet and our oceans is now well documented. There are a number of things we can all do to reduce our single-use plastic waste – and investing in a reusable lunchbox is one of them.
If you’re going back to the office or just planning a number of day trips or weekends, having your own lunch will mean less waste from store-bought products. Not only that, it will also mean that you will have control over your portion sizes and ingredients, which will help you maintain a healthy diet.
And the benefits of reusable lunch boxes don’t end there; you’ll save a fortune on expensive ready meals while helping to reduce food packaging waste.
The best reusable lunch boxes will be waterproof (you want to eat your lunch, not decorate your bag with it), use environmentally friendly materials, and be dishwasher safe and easy to clean. Additional bonuses come in the form of reusable cutlery and handy compartments for different foods.
From stylish stainless steel boxes to durable bamboo bento boxes, we’ve rounded up the best reusable adult lunch boxes perfect for everything from back-to-work lunches to cute picnic snacks.
Black + Blum Stainless Steel Lunch Box
If this is the top quality you are looking for, cancel the search. This versatile stainless steel reusable lunch box comes with a matching fork, which you can hold in place with a BPA-free silicone strap. It is totally waterproof (no annoying handbag spill) and has a handy food divider so you can separate the different food groups. Plus, it’s oven, freezer and dishwasher safe, so you can cook your food, store, and clean it easily. However, it is not microwave safe.
Orla Kiely Flower Stem Bamboo Lunch Box
Charming prints! Do you like your lunch to be accompanied by a pretty style? Orla Kiely has you covered. This reusable lunch box comes with its signature print on its lid and a beautiful green box, made with a sustainable bamboo blend. In addition to being a little aesthetic, it is also practical and dishwasher safe.
PuTwo waterproof bento box 2 levels with reusable cutlery
A bestseller on Amazon, this reusable two tier lunch box is a great investment for anyone who likes a decent sized lunch that needs to be kept separate. Put your main course (last night’s lasagna?) On top, and snacks and desserts on the bottom. Made with food grade, environmentally friendly, BPA free PBT material, it is microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe. It is waterproof for mess-free meals and also comes with a set of reusable cutlery to cover all types of food. Come back…
Leon Reusable Paper Lunch Cooler Bag
How cute is this retro lunch bag from Leon? Add some flair to your on-the-go pastures with this reusable lunch box that doubles as a cooler bag, keeping your food fresh for up to two hours (or more with an ice pack). A compromise for cool looks? This one washes by hand only.
Lakeland Blue Wave Bamboo Lunch Box
Made from 40% sustainably sourced bamboo fiber and 30% corn powder in melamine resin, this lunch box is a great eco-friendly alternative to plastic versions. It has an anti-drip seal on the lid and is ideal for daily commuting, being lightweight yet durable. Because it is made up of 70% vegetable fibers, it cannot be microwaved but is dishwasher safe. And how pretty is the wave print top?
One Green Bottle Stainless Steel Lunch Box
One Green Bottle was created by a parent looking for a water bottle for their son to take to school that keeps the water clean, safe and pure. After discovering the problems with leaching chemicals into beverages from plastic as a research chemist, she identified food grade 304 stainless steel as an effective alternative, which is also easy to clean and recyclable. . This waterproof lunch box is made of the same material and comes with a mini snack box inside for you to separate the fruits or nuts. A nice little number that you can also put in the dishwasher or in the freezer.
Mepal bento box
This stylish container includes a bento box within a bento box so you can keep snacks separate, as well as a handy divider. It is made from 100% BPA-free plastic, is dishwasher and microwave safe, and has a convenient fork in the extra-lidded container. And who could resist this really cool blue hue?
Original waterproof lunch box Black + Blum 1L
Are your lunches a little more complex than a few sarnies? Nothing wrong with a well-made sandwich, but if you love salads with dressings and a side of vegetables, this reusable compartmentalized lunch box will be your new best friend. There’s a long, lidded compartment to store whatever you want to keep separate from the main section, and a leak-proof jar for your dressing so nothing gets soggy at lunchtime. It’s freezer-safe so you can prepare and store your food ahead of time, it’s microwave safe so you can reheat it easily at work and in the dishwasher for easy cleanup. A stainless steel fork is also included so you can eat when and where you want.
Smidge Stainless Steel Lunch Box
Take a step towards a more sustainable lifestyle with this reusable, leak-proof lunch box, designed with food grade stainless steel (no harmful chemicals leaching into your meals here). Super versatile, you can cook a small dish here as it is oven safe and then freeze it or take it straight with you. You can also put it in the dishwasher for hassle-free maintenance.
Bambubox ecological lunch box
A Japanese bento-style lunch box made with sustainable bamboo, this reusable container is airtight and leak-proof. It’s BPA free and comes with an all-natural scoop for easy on-the-go lunches. It’s not microwave safe, but you can put it in the dishwasher.
For a perfect balance between practicality and style, we must give the first place to Black + Blum Stainless Steel Lunch Box and matching fork. It is completely waterproof, suitable for the oven, dishwasher and freezer. If you know you want to reheat your food in the microwave, the brand’s original lunchbox is a fabulous option, too.